• The United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) announced that it has launched its auction of 800 Megahertz and 2.6 Gigahertz frequencies which will nearly double the amount of spectrum available for mobile broadband services. The auction is the largest mobile spectrum auction in UK history. Ofcom has designed the auction to ensure that at least four different operators will have sufficient spectrum to compete as a national 4G carrier. Seven companies are participating in the bidding: Everything Everywhere Ltd.; HKT (UK) Company Ltd; Hutchison 3G UK Ltd.; MLL Telecom Ltd.; BT Group plc subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd.; Telefonica UK Ltd.; and Vodafone Ltd. For more information, click here.
  • Comments on the FCC’s Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Text-to-911 services are due as follows: Comments regarding the proposed rule that providers must send an automated message if text-to-911 is not supported are due tomorrow, January 29, 2013, with Reply Comments due February 8, 2013. Comments for all other aspects of the rulemaking are due March 11, 2013, with Reply Comments due April 9, 2013. The Federal Register notice is available here.
  • Petitions to deny the application of Softbank Corp. to acquire 70% of Sprint are due today, January 28, 2013, oppositions are due February 12, 2013, and replies are due February 25, 2013. The notice regarding this pleading cycle is available here.