commentary CES panels stress the urgent need to free up more radio frequencies to address the insatiable demand from mobile users and high-bandwidth apps.
XLTE will essentially offer faster peak data speeds and make more bandwidth available during heavy traffic times.
The new rules for the complicated, but important auction set for late next year are a work of compromise that didn't fully satisfy big or small wireless carriers.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says that new rules he is proposing for the upcoming TV broadcast spectrum auction will set aside a sliver of licenses for smaller wireless operators in an effort to promote competition.
AT&T's threat to not participate in the upcoming auction could jeopardize the success of the auction, but it's unclear how serious its warning is as its arguments seem weak when scrutinized.
It's just the latest deal in which a major carrier bulks up its spectrum position, providing it with more wireless capacity.
New rules adopted by the FCC that limit how TV broadcasters can do business may discourage participation in the upcoming incentive spectrum auction.
The FCC voted to free up an additional 100MHz of wireless spectrum for unlicensed use in a move that will help alleviate congestion on Wi-Fi networks and pave the way for faster-speed service.
The H block auction comes to a close as the FCC reaches the reserve price of more than $1.5 billion, which will be used to help fund the building of a nationwide public safety network.
The carrier will pay its rival nearly $2.37 billion and give it spectrum worth $950 million for some valuable low-frequency bands to help build its LTE network.