• On August 16, 2012, Chairman Genachowski announced that he would circulate a draft order approving Verizon’s purchase of AWS spectrum from several cable companies in light of the concessions made by Verizon and the cable companies in a consent decree with the US Department of Justice. He stated that the transaction posed serious concerns, but that the concessions meant that the “substantially modified transaction will promote the public interest and benefit consumers in several ways.” Genachowski cited Verizon’s divesture of spectrum to T-Mobile, its commitment to accelerate the build-out of the new spectrum, and its promise that the companies’ commercial agreements will “preserve Verizon’s incentives to build out FiOS, increase wireless competition, and ensure that the proposed IP venture is pro-consumer and that its products cannot be used in anti-competitive ways.” Chairmain Genachowski’s statement is available here.
  • On August 14, 2012, Chairman Genachowski announced that the FCC had granted permission to T-Mobile to begin testing spectrum sharing with federal government agencies in the 1755-1780 MHz band. He stated the grant is intended to “facilitate commercial mobile broadband services in that band, which would significantly benefit millions of U.S. wireless consumers and help drive the mobile innovation economy.” Chairman Genachowski’s full statement is available here.
  • On August 9, 2012, the Wireless Telecommunications and Wireline Competition Bureaus announced that only 5 of the 53 applicants to Mobility Fund Phase I, in which the FCC will grant $300 million in one-time support, were properly completed. The Bureaus will send notices to each of the 48 deficient applicants stating what information is required to make their applications complete. Corrections must be submitted by August 27, 2012, in order to participate in the auction which is scheduled for September 27, 2012. The Public Notice is available here.