Posted 06/26/2015 at 9:33 AM
Posted 2 years ago
If T-Mobile wanted some extra special help with their upcoming bids for the government spectrum auction, they won’t be getting it from the Federal Communication Commission.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed in a statement on Thursday that it had taken the request by the wireless carrier into consideration.
T-Mobile was looking to curry some favor with the federal body along with Dish, Sprint and other smaller wireless carrier companies in advance of the spectrum auction set to take place in the first quarter of 2016.
Their hope is to gain as much quality spectrum as they can without having to fend off the overtures of larger carrier companies like Verizon and AT&T.
The spectrum itself is considered to be choice, at 600 MHz.
That type can enter buildings without difficulty and can cover vast distances, making a wireless carrier using it more effective across its network.
But there may be a silver lining to the news; Wheeler went on to say that the FCC target for spectrum bids is set at 30 MHz, ten below what T-Mobile was seeking in the first place.
“The draft order concludes that the current reserve size of 30 megahertz balances the desire to make low-band spectrum available to parties with limited holdings while facilitating competitive bidding for all auction participants,” the chairman wrote concerning that point, on the agency’s website.