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Lowenstein's View: More spectrum is available than people think

We have operated under the assumption for many years that spectrum is a scarce resource, sort of like high-priced housing markets where demand outstrips supply of 'buildable land'. Carriers pay billions of dollars for a precious few megahertz of additional capacity. Pricing of data services, still hovering at $8 per GB, sends a "use the network but not too much" type of message. The projected growth in video usage has us running to Wi-Fi. Fifty percent of the valuation of Sprint and Dish Network is attributed to their spectrum assets, while conversely, Wall Street analysts are bearish on AT&T and Verizon because their share of subscribers far outweighs their share of aggregate network capacity.

T-Mobile: All Band 12 LTE devices on our network must support VoLTE, E911

T-Mobile US is not forcing smartphone makers to drop support for its 700 MHz A Block spectrum using LTE Band 12, as some reports have indicated, but it does require that OEMs that want to include Band 12 support also support Voice over LTE and E911 capabilities.

LightSquared submits GPS interference testing plan to the FCC

LightSquared submitted its testing plans to the FCC designed to determine where interference may occur between LightSquared's L-band spectrum and GPS receivers and how it can be resolved. A GPS industry group has indicated it does not consider the tests legitimate and is going to work with the U.S. Department of Transportation on separate tests.

Sprint's 1900 MHz network faces interference in NYC; carrier gets FCC backing for a resolution

The FCC issued a citation to a man in Queens, New York, for operating equipment that is interfering with Sprint's 1900 MHz network there, in violation of the FCC's rules.  

FCC's Clyburn to dish on the incentive auction, unlicensed spectrum in Twitter chat

I will be talking to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in  FierceWireless 's first Twitter chat on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. ET. Follow our Twitter handle  @FierceWireless  and Clyburn's, which is  @MClyburnFCC. You can follow the action via the  #ClyburnFCC  hashtag.

FCC lays out 600 MHz auction roadmap, will kick off process in 'early fall'

The FCC is laying out its plans to hold next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum by the end of March, and said it will start by releasing a public notice for broadcasters in "early fall" about how the application process will unfold.

LightSquared still jousting with GPS Innovation Alliance over interference testing

Even though LightSquared and GPS device firm Trimble have indicated that they are willing to engage in settlement talks, the wireless firm continues to spar with a group of GPS industry companies over interference testing between LightSquared's spectrum and GSP receivers.

FCC denies Dish partners $3.3B in bidding credits in AWS-3 auction

As expected, the FCC voted unanimously to deny $3.33 billion in bidding credits to two Dish Network affiliates that won airwaves in the AWS-3 spectrum, but it's still unclear how Dish will respond.

Meet the new sheriffs of European telecoms regulation

The faces of European telecoms regulation have changed considerably in the nine months since November 2014. Here we take a closer look at the new faces, including their background, early achievements and the challenges they will face during their time in office.

Qualcomm agrees €139M L-band spectrum deal with Vodafone UK and Three UK

Qualcomm made good on its plan to auction off L-band spectrum owned by its Qualcomm UK Spectrum (QUKS) subsidiary, striking deals with Vodafone UK and Three UK worth at least £100 million (€139 million/$156 million).