FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is recommending to his fellow commissioners that the FCC reject T-Mobile US' petition to increase the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The move is a victory for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and a major blow to T-Mobile, which has argued since last summer that the size of the reserve should be increased from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz. T-Mobile has been increasing its lobbying on the issue the last several weeks as a formal decision neared.
T-Mobile US' push to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum got a shot in the arm after the Department of Justice urged the FCC to give "considerable weight" to how large the reserve should be. However, according to a Washington Post report, T-Mobile's lobbying efforts on the issue are alienating allies in Washington and could backfire.
BT has asked UK regulator Ofcom to permit it to shutter its traditional POTS (plain old telephone service) network so it can more effectively compete with a growing pool of nontraditional, over-the-top voice providers like Facebook and Apple.
AT&Tis laying further challenge to Comcast's emerging presence in the gigabit fiber-to-the-premises race by officially launching its 1 Gbps U-verse with GigaPower service in Chicago.
AT&T has begun contract negotiations with 27,000 employees in its Southeast territory represented by the Communications Workers of America. Both parties met yesterday with both presenting their own position statements on the negotiation process.
Not surprisingly, telecom executives are well compensated for their work. The top public telecom firms have reported their CEO salaries to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and FierceTelecom has collected all the data in one place.
AT&T Mobility will continue to focus on maintaining profitability and keeping churn low in its wireless business at the expense of losing some subscribers, according to a report from analysts at investment bank Jefferies.
The nation's top telcos have all reported their CEO salaries to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and FierceTelecom has collected all the data in one place. Here are the salary and compensation rates of the top 10 highest paid CEOs in the wireline industry.
AT&Tand CenturyLink said in separate filings with the FCC that Granite Telecommunications' request to combine unbundled local circuit switching and shared transport services is not only procedurally flawed, but could also inhibit their ongoing transitions to an all IP network.
Level 3 and Cogent Communications are scoring peering deals thanks to the enactment of the FCC's Open Internet Order, which went into effect on Friday, June 12, according to Wells Fargo Securities Senior Analyst Jennifer Fritzsche. And those peering deals will likely have a positive impact on both companies' bottom lines.