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FCC Approves SoftSprintClear deals…Apparently

According to a Bloomberg report today citing unnamed sources, two of the three sitting FCC Commissioners have approved the big TwoFer: Clearwire’s takeover by Sprint, and Sprint’s sale of itself to Softbank.

The decision, if in fact it has been made, has not yet been posted to the FCC’s web site.

Presuming the truth of . . . → Read More: FCC Approves SoftSprintClear deals…Apparently

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FCC Shot Clock

Just released this morning is the U.S. Supreme Court decision that, on a 6-3 vote, upholds the FCC Shot Clock.

The decision is linked below.

“SCALIA, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which THOMAS, GINSBURG, SOTOMAYOR, and KAGAN, JJ., joined. BREYER, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. . . . → Read More: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds FCC Shot Clock

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Assembly Bill 162 in a Cocoon for 2013. Now what?

AB 162 will try to re-emerge in January 2014. Let’s take the time now to continue to educate our electeds.

Now that Assembly Bill 162 has been removed from California’s legislative agenda for 2013, it’s vital that we remember that the Bill is not dead; it is merely awaiting a rebirth in some . . . → Read More: Assembly Bill 162 in a Cocoon for 2013. Now what?

FCC

FCC Formally Revisits RF Emissions Standards

The FCC has released its “FIRST REPORT AND ORDER FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING AND NOTICE OF INQUIRY in a proceeding that will reshape the Commission’s RF emissions safety standards. The current standards were adopted after the 1996 Telecom Act. The Commission revisits its rules now largely prompted by the GAO.

I suspect the . . . → Read More: FCC Formally Revisits RF Emissions Standards

FCC

FCC OKs T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger: Free Lease Analysis for Landlords

The FCC voted to approve T-Mobile’s application to acquire MetroPCS.

The next step–and perhaps the last real hurdle before the merger can be completed–is an affirmative vote of MetroPCS shareholders during a scheduled April 12 shareholders meeting.

For MetroPCS site landlords, this is a major step towards the shuttering of some 10,000 MetroPCS sites. See . . . → Read More: FCC OKs T-Mobile/MetroPCS Merger: Free Lease Analysis for Landlords

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FCC Offers “Guidance” on Sec. 6409(a)

Yesterday, January 25th, the FCC released a public notice titled, “WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU OFFERS GUIDANCE ON INTERPRETATION OF SECTION 6409(a) OF THE MIDDLE CLASS TAX RELIEF AND JOB CREATION ACT OF 2012” (DA 12-2047).

As an aside, I note that the Commission did not consult with its own Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, much less advise them . . . → Read More: FCC Offers “Guidance” on Sec. 6409(a)

Clearwire

Clearwire to sink from sight/site

(Updated 4:41 p.m.; added AGL Magazine story link.)

Well, it’s almost over. Clearwire, that is.

Clearwire will sink from site, er, from sight as SoftSprint (or someone else depending on the investor law suits will will claim insufficient value to be paid by Sprint) ponies up the relatively small bucks to buy the rest of . . . → Read More: Clearwire to sink from sight/site

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FCC Likely to Revisit RF Emissions Safety Rules

Wireless Week is reporting that the FCC may open an inquiry into its RF emissions safety standards.

WW reports that Chairman Julius Genachowski is circulating a draft inquiry among the Commissioners that may (and is likely to be) voted on by the full Commission to require a in-depth review of the FCC’s existing environmental RF . . . → Read More: FCC Likely to Revisit RF Emissions Safety Rules

AT&T Wireless

Sprint(ing) Forward to 800 MHz LTE

The FCC has granted Sprint’s request to allow it to deploy LTE services in its 800 MHz band assignments.

This is a big deal, both for Sprint and for LTE deployment as the de facto 4G-ish standard.

The FCC’s decision (found HERE) allows Sprint to re-purpose its Nextel 800 MHz spectrum (the old iDEN band) . . . → Read More: Sprint(ing) Forward to 800 MHz LTE

FCC

LightSquared files for Bankrupcy (Chapter 11)

To the surprise of very few, LightSquared has filed for Bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11.

Given that the firm has virtually no path forward to use its frequencies to provide 4G-type services in light (no pun intended) of the apparently unresolvable GPS interference issues, Chapter 11 gives LightSquared a way to step back and . . . → Read More: LightSquared files for Bankrupcy (Chapter 11)