UPDATE The Competitive Carriers Association opposes the transfer of millimeter-wave (“mmW”) spectrum licenses from FiberTower to AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC. CCA asked the full Commission to stay the decision.
CCA says the agency approved the
transaction based on incomplete and flawed public interest analysis, and
challenged the Commission to put a hold on its consent order while it
reviews the decision of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
“Millimeter wave spectrum offers tremendous opportunities for carriers
as they move toward deploying next generation technologies,” said CCA
President/CEO Steve Berry. “Rather than giving AT&T a head start
advantage with FiberTower’s valuable mmW licenses, while providing
FiberTower an incredible windfall for spectrum that has lied fallow for
years, the Commission should make the terminated licenses available to
any qualified applicant through auction.”
A day after the bureau okayed the
license transfer last month, AT&T closed on its $207 million
acquisition of Fiber Tower, giving it 478 licenses of millimeter wave
spectrum it intends to use to roll out 5G services later this year. Continue Reading