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T-Mobile completes $56M purchase of PCS spectrum from nTelos

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless closed a deal to sell some of its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum to T-Mobile US for $56 million. The transaction was announced in December as part of nTelos' plan to exit from its Eastern Markets. NTelos wants to focus on markets in western Virginia and West Virginia where it has a stronger retail presence and benefits from a network deal with Sprint.

FCC to probe changes to its designated entity rules ahead of incentive auction

The FCC will consider what changes it should make to its rules governing designated entities (DEs) that bid in spectrum auctions, ahead of next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.

AT&T study finds less than 20% interference in 600 MHz band from Mexican and Canadian TV stations

AT&T Mobility continues to urge the FCC not to repack and place TV broadcasters into the 600 MHz band as part of next year's incentive auction. The carrier also said it conducted a study that found varying levels of interference for carriers depending upon how much spectrum broadcasters give up.

FCC's Wheeler declares cord cutting to be an official thing, puts hard sell on spectrum auction

Speaking to a packed Las Vegas Convention Center ballroom at the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 Conference here, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the pay-TV industry is in decline, and broadcasters should take advantage of the emerging cord-cutting trend.

FCC grants AWS-3 spectrum to AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, but not yet to Dish's designated entities

The FCC approved the assignment of AWS-3 spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile US, along with several smaller bidders. However, the commission has yet to approve licenses won in the AWS-3 auction by two designated entities in which Dish Network has an 85 percent economic stake, Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. The FCC has also not yet approved licenses for several other bidders.

LightSquared could target first responders, transport and energy industries with new service

Now that it has emerged from bankruptcy protection, LightSquared wants to get back to what it had planned to do before it got mired in restructuring nearly three years ago: use spectrum to provide wireless service to U.S. customers.

Dish's spectrum conundrum: Make $40B-$44B now or up to $155B later

Dish Network's spectrum licenses right now could be worth as much--or possibly more--than the spectrum licenses owned by Sprint or T-Mobile US. Dish's spectrum position, bolstered by the incredible increases in Americans' demands for wireless service, makes Charlie Ergen's Dish an incredibly powerful player in the U.S. wireless market. But how exactly will Dish cash in on that position?

Sprint to bring LTE carrier aggregation, multi-layer MIMO to Chicago in investment push

Sprint will use Chicago as a showcase market for LTE Advanced technologies, according to the carrier, as it expands its investment in the city and the surrounding areas.

Verizon's McAdam urges Congress to take hard line on spectrum bidding credits, curb FCC's net neutrality rules

Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam wants Congress to take a tougher stance on rules governing bidding in spectrum auctions, and called out Dish Network in particular for its bidding strategy in the AWS-3 auction. In a letter to key lawmakers, McAdam also urged Congress to be more proactive in regulating telecommunications, curb the FCC's recently approved net neutrality rules and rewrite and update the Telecommunications Act.

Analysts: Deutsche Telekom won't support T-Mobile financially in 600 MHz incentive auction

T-Mobile US likely won't have the financial backing of its parent company Deutsche Telekom in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to financial analysts at investment bank Macquarie.