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T-Mobile is Biggest Bidder in FCC Auction Spending $8 Billion

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Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced results from its very first broadcast incentive auction. According to the announcement, the sale generated as much as $19.8 billion.

Out of the carriers that took part in the auction, T-Mobile was the top bidder; agreeing to shell out almost $8 billion in order to acquire the 600 MHz spectrum. Executives from the carrier have shared their plans of using some of these airwaves as soon as possible.

Committing to pay $6.2 billion, the second-biggest bidder was Dish Network who had earlier announced its plans of building an NB-IoT network.

The third biggest bidder was Comcast, who promised to spend $1.7 billion to deploy its own wireless service.

AT&T committed to spending only $910 million, in the hopes of providing support to its spectrum assets. Since they won the right to build the first U.S. network dedicated to first responders, AT&T will be able to get access to additional low-band spectrum.

Surprisingly, the largest carrier in the country did not take part in the auction. Even though Verizon qualified for the auction, the carrier declined to bid. But considering they purchased a huge chunk of last year's millimeter-wave spectrum transaction with XO Communications, this is something the carrier could skip for the meantime.

Also absent from the auction were representatives from Sprint, as they had declined to join the event.

Fifty other bidders are said to be walking away with airwaves from 175 TV stations, which lead up to $10.05 billion as payment for the spectrum.  

The FCC purchased wireless spectrum from TV broadcasters to auction off to wireless providers as a way of helping them meet the rapidly increasing demand from smartphones. Out of the $19.8 billion raised from the auction, the FCC announced that $7.3 billion will be making its way to pay off the national debt.

This is the second-largest auction throughout the history of the FCC.


Source: FierceWireless

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  1. We love TMobile service. Wish they were nicer to CWAunion.

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    1. CWA Union wants to force T-Mobile workers to join the union and pay dues against their will. I am glad that T-Mobile is NOT nice to this anti-worker campaign finance fundraising scam.

      Any and all T-Mobile workers are free to give as much money to the CWA as they see fit. It is an individual choice, as it should be.

      Seriously, after I read about the war between the CWA ad T-Mobile's workers, I decided to sign up with T-Mobile.

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    2. "CWA Union wants to force T-Mobile workers to join the union and pay dues against their will."

      Source?

      "Seriously, after I read about the war between the CWA ad T-Mobile's workers, I decided to sign up with T-Mobile."

      Did you reading include the NLRB telling T-Mobile to discontinue a fake union they were funding, and previously to revise policies/procedures that were in violation of US labor laws?

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    3. It wasn't a fake Union... was he commendable way to handle internal grievances. And the CWA is trying to force T-Mobile workers to join the CWA. That is what the CWA does in every single state it is in that is not a right to work state. Workers do not have a choice in joining it. They are forced to against their will. If the workers refuse to pay union dues, they will be fired.

      They're actually no violations of US labor laws. The T-Mobile case is still in process, T-Mobile is appealing the charges. As it should, they make absolutely no sense. It's not over until this whole thing is overturned, or all the appeals are exhausted. This might go in favor of T-Mobile workers and against the CWA way due to the new presidential administration.

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  2. Way to go Magenta.

    Within a couple of years, T-Mobile will have 3 times the coverage of Sprint.

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    1. I am more excited that TMO will soon be a comoetitor that will have reception indoors
      More competition lower prices.

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    2. "I am more excited that TMO will soon be a comoetitor that will have reception indoors
      More competition lower prices."

      Except T-Mobile has been raising prices. Have you compared their recent prepaid plans to AT&T's?

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  3. "AT&T committed to spending only $910 million, in the hopes of support its spectrum assets in the past months"

    This is gobbledygook English.

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    1. "This is gobbledygook English."

      Perhaps to a beginning ESL speaker. As a lifelong native English speaker, I found the sentence easy to understand.

      You found a simple mistake of "support" being typed instead of "supporting", and due to your threadbare skills, you were unable to fix the mistake in your mind and understand the rest. Something any competent native English speaker can do without much effort.

      Your "gobbledygook" statement speaks only of your poor comprehension skills, nothing more. Next time, figure it out instead.

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    2. How can it support its spectrum assets "in the past months"?

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    3. TheKnightWhoSaysNi!!!April 14, 2017 at 4:07 AM

      To the "gobbledygook English" Anonymous: To prove your worthiness to the English nomenclature...match these quotes with an Easter Bunny worthy movie...

      "She used an apostrophe to form a plural, BURN HER!"
      "She wrote a sentence fragment, BURN HER!"

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    4. Ah. the Grammar Inquisition has started!

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    5. "in the past months" as in supplementing what they already had and/or recently acquired recently

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  4. I wonder if T-Mobile and Sprint will become one carrier after this auction. Will the FCC allow it to happen? Sprint has a boatload of spectrum but it seems they don't know how to make it work for the them.

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    1. "Sprint has a boatload of spectrum but it seems they don't know how to make it work for the them."

      Yeah, they don't know how to do anything, do they?

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    2. The kiss of death for anything they touch. I just can not believe Softbank dumped so much money into a lost cause.

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    3. I doubt the FCC will approve such a merger. Relative to other developed nations, the US has allowed under investment in its wired networks. Accommodating for this deficiency requires the infrastructure of four national wireless carriers.

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    4. "I doubt the FCC will approve such a merger"

      The current FCC seems to be more focused on its actual mission, such as station licenses, stopping signal interference, etc, and leans toward butting out of matters that (or any government agency) have no business controlling.

      "Relative to other developed nations, the US has allowed under investment in its wired networks"

      Just because foreign countries do bad things doesn't mean the US has to.

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    5. The problem with Sprint's spectrum is that the boatload is 2500 MHz spectrum, which is great for speeds but poor for coverage unless you do a good job putting up towers close enough to each other and people.

      Re: the merger, anon918, one would think the FCC would shoot it down, but I wouldn't be so sure about the FCC's moves anymore under commissioner Pai and this administration.

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    6. Sprint does have the largest amount of 800MHz and 2500/2600MHz spectrum and yes so far they don't know how to do anything. I think it's safe to say that John Legere, with his crazy antics has proven himself by turning the #4 carrier into the #3 in a short period of time. But the FCC has to allow the merger for this speculation to happen.

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    7. That "gobbledygook" guy has made the rest of us feel like 3rd grade teachers schooling him.

      I will feel sorry for him and cut him some slack if he is from a foreign country, or went to a typical American government-run public school.

      Hopefully he will take some remedial classes in English comprehension and come back here and not make such mistakes in the future.

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  5. How long does the tights to these spectrums last?
    It should be something on the levelnof 50 years, anything less will not push anyone to develop it. Meaning, you win the rights to use it, and then it takes you 10 billion dollars to set up the infrastructure to make use of it, and then the 5 years past and then younloose the rights to use that spectrum. So, will anyone bid on something that they will never end up being able to use? So it seems like that it has to be in he decades level that the bid is for.

    Additionally, if it is the same spectrum as that of the tv stations of analog, is it not that all the broadcast antennas are already in place?

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    1. "How long does the tights to these spectrums last?"

      I had no idea that Legere wore tights. But I am sure they are magenta.

      Anyway, now I have the rest of the day to get this image out of my head.

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    2. IDK how long the rights last, but I do know that the US doesn't have anti-squatting rules like Europe does. These rules deter buyers from buying spectrum purely for strategic reasons with no intent to deploy.

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  6. Posting w a name is so easy here. Laziness.
    TMobile has faster data than both Verizon and ATT where we are.

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    1. Posting w a name is indeed very easy. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  7. T-Mobile is a hit or miss network.
    It is their pricepoint that is the main attraction period.

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    1. Tmobile is a truly stinky network,only works outside!!!Sprint is MUCH BETTER AND GOT SIGNAL EVERYWHERE INCLUDING BUILDING,AT LEAST FOR VOICE AND 3G,TMOBILE? GOOD LUCK GETTING A SIGNAL OR LTE OR 3G INSIDE ANY BUILDINGS AND THIS AUCTION IS PROBABLY A TMOBILE LIE TO CONVINCE PEOPLE NOT TO SWITCH...

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    2. Sprint doesn't work inside OR outside in 70% of the country. T-Mobile coverage has gotten to be so much better than Sprint lately.

      Sorry, those are the facts.

      "PROBABLY A TMOBILE LIE TO CONVINCE PEOPLE NOT TO SWITCH..."

      Unless you live in a tiny part of the US and never travel, there's no reason NOT to switch FROM Sprint to one of the much better competitors.

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    3. "THIS AUCTION IS PROBABLY A TMOBILE LIE"

      Yeah, I'm sure... a lie that the FCC, all business news, and all tech news are all in on.

      Legere must be the Magenta Man, with mind control powers, a lot like the Purple Man from "Jessica Jones".

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  8. Check out the new T-Mo coverage map that shows what the new spectrum will do - across the whole US. Also, Legere has a video message for 'dumb and dumber.'

    https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2017/04/broadcast-incentive-auction-t-mobile-dish-and-comcast-walk-away-largest-winners

    After the auction, Tmo will control more low band spectrum per subscriber than any other carrier. 3X as much as Verizon.

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    1. "After the auction, Tmo will control more low band spectrum per subscriber than any other carrier. 3X as much as Verizon."

      That's well and good, but when will that low band spectrum be deployed? And what do you think T-Mobile's pricing will be like when it is?

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  9. TMobile will raise prices once they have coverage.

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    1. That's OK with me, and understandable.. Between the largest four carriers, price has traditionally been in proportion to the quality of the network (with Verizon having the best but highest prices, and Sprint having the worst and lowest prices).

      T-Mobile won't be an "UN" carrier any more once it fully utilizes this new capacity.

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    2. Looks like they got you to drink the verizon ad koolaid... Best depends on where you live/travel. For at least 10 years, all the others (ATT sprint tmo) had great coverage where I live. Verizon finally put antennae on that tower 2 years ago because of intense pressure from a local government construction project who wanted service while working. THAT is why big red is expensive...they have a large customer base who doesn't care what the price is, tax people more to pay for it! LOL

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