Government Affairs

Government Affairs

Fine Tuning the Incentive Auction Rules for Competition

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning to auction returned TV broadcast spectrum for commercial wireless services as early as next year, and in T-Mobile’s view, it can’t happen soon enough.  
Government Affairs

All Roads Lead to Roam

Data roaming should not be a controversial subject. Customers expect they can access the data features and functions of their mobile devices at home and on the road.
Government Affairs

FCC Incentive Auction Can Accomplish Even More for Competition

T-Mobile has filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC’s Mobile Spectrum Holdings Order. While the Commission’s approach to mobile spectrum holdings in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction represents one of the most innovative and forward-thinking set of regulations in its eighty-year history, we seek reconsideration because the Order stops short of adopting rules sufficient to prevent the two largest incumbent carriers from dominating the market. 
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Communications Infrastructure Matters

Almost two decades ago, the United States Congress recognized that state and local barriers to infrastructure investment would have to be removed if the United States was to retain its leadership role in the deployment of advanced telecommunications services. 
Government Affairs

Facts are Better than Fiction

AT&T has proclaimed as “fact” that any reasonable limitation on its ability to roll up the remaining low-band spectrum that AT&T does not already control will somehow doom the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction.
Government Affairs

Size Matters

One of the most important components in designing a successful spectrum auction is establishing the right license sizes – both the amount of spectrum devoted to each license and the geographic area it covers.
Government Affairs

A Tale of Two Auctions

Two spectrum auctions, one in Canada and one in the United States, have just ended, and together their results confirm that adopting reasonable spectrum aggregation limits is the best possible approach to maintaining a healthy, competitive wireless industry.
Government Affairs

The Need Remains for Low-Band Spectrum Aggregation Limits

Spectrum is the lifeblood of the wireless industry, and T-Mobile currently owns a strong mid-band spectrum portfolio.  That is great for speed and capacity, but low-band frequencies, due to their excellent propagation, are essential for in-building, as well as suburban and rural, coverage.
Government Affairs

Expert Guidance: Spectrum Aggregation Limits Won't Undermine Revenue

Dr. Peter Cramton, one of the world’s foremost experts on auction design, recently asserted that the establishment of reasonable spectrum-aggregation limits in the upcoming 600 MHz “incentive” auction will not cause large revenue losses, as AT&T and Verizon (the “Big Two”) continue to claim.
Government Affairs

From Auckland to Dallas, Spectrum Limits Have Appeal

In response to a recent T-Mobile filing, AT&T this week acknowledged for the first time that, indeed, it is comfortable with upfront spectrum caps for auctions. That represents huge progress for AT&T, which has been arguing for months against any limits for the upcoming 600 MHz low-band auction.
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