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Analyst: 'No discernable patterns' in the long-term value of spectrum

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--Despite the massive $44 billion collectively spent on spectrum licenses during the FCC's recent AWS-3 auction, one Wall Street analyst believes that the value of spectrum is not necessarily increasing. Instead, Craig Moffett said that the value of spectrum continues to remain a moving target, making it virtually impossible to predict what will happen during next year's incentive auction of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz licenses.

Crown Castle makes $1B bet on small cells with Quanta Fiber purchase

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--Tower company Crown Castle said it will acquire Quanta Fiber Networks (called Sunesys) for $1 billion in cash. A wholly owned subsidiary of Quanta Services, Sunesys owns or has rights to nearly 10,000 miles of fiber in major metropolitan markets including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Silicon Valley and northern New Jersey; Crown Castle said the purchase would "further strengthen Crown Castle's leading position in small cell networks by more than doubling Crown Castle's fiber footprint available for small cell deployments."

FCC's Clyburn pushes for additional tower safety steps

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn urged the wireless industry to adopt additional safety provisions she said might prevent injury and death among tower climbers.

Wi-Fi advocacy groups, auto industry spar over Wi-Fi Innovation Act

Several groups, including PCIA, TIA, the Wi-Fi Alliance, WiFiForward and the Wi-Fi Innovation Alliance, praised efforts by U.S. lawmakers to introduce the Wi-Fi Innovation Act, but a group of transportation industry officials still isn't happy with it.

With eye on 5G, FCC approves rules to speed up small cell and DAS deployments

WASHINGTON--The FCC voted to approve new rules designed to accelerate the deployment of wireless infrastructure, something carriers and the infrastructure industry have been clamoring for as operators look to densify their networks with new small cells, Distributed Antenna Systems and other network equipment.

PCIA praises FCC's upcoming infrastructure order, says it will speed up collocation

The FCC's expected move later this month to issue an order that speeds up infrastructure deployment will represent a "signal achievement" on the issue, according to PCIA President Jonathan Adelstein.

Rubio introduces legislation to free up federal spectrum for commercial use

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he will soon introduce legislation to reallocate up to 200 MHz of spectrum held by the government for commercial wireless use, establish a new spectrum auctions starting in 2018, and make it easier for federal agencies to relinquish their airwaves.

AT&T exec: We'll be adding 1,500 to 3,000 cell sites per year for 'foreseeable future'

ORLANDO, Fla.--AT&T Mobility will likely be adding between 1,500 and 3,000 macro cell sites to its network per year for the next few years as part of a wide-ranging effort to beef up its network and improve coverage and capacity, according to a senior AT&T executive.

PCIA 2014 to focus on network evolution, worker training and '5G'

PCIA, the wireless infrastructure's trade group, is holding its annual conference in Orlando, Fla., starting Tuesday, and it's clear that the organization has the future on its mind, both from a regulatory standpoint and the evolution of network technology.

Supreme Court to decide case on how cell tower permits can be denied

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide a case that turns on whether local municipalities must provide detailed explanations to wireless carriers when they deny applications to build new cell towers.