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.
Verizon Wireless says that it plans to sell spectrum in the A and B blocks of the 700MHz frequency band, but how valuable is that spectrum to other carriers rolling out 4G LTE anyway?
Verizon has been selling off some of its 700MHz spectrum licenses in the lower A block. And U.S. Cellular has agreed to buy some more.
Three plans a 4G service on the 1,800MHz band next year, but the results of the spectrum auction could see rivals go 4G first.
The company has requested frequencies across the 2524-2546 and 2567-2625 MHz ranges. However, a source tells CNET that the testing isn't for delivering any service to consumers.
The NTIA says 95MHz of government wireless spectrum can be used for mobile broadband, but it proposes that government agencies share spectrum with commercial users.
Verizon Wireless has settled an investigation with the FCC over compliance with net neutrality rules on its 700 MHz spectrum.
AT&T continues to roll out its 850Mhz spectrum service, which should improve 3G coverage in metropolitan areas.
Google, Cox, Frontline Wireless, and AT&T all plan to participate in the auction, but we won't know if that's the definitive list for some time.
Business Week has cited anonymous sources that say Apple is considering bidding on licenses in the upcoming 700MHz auction, but will the company actually go ahead with it?