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T-Mobile USA interested in new low spectrum sale


Posted: October 24, 2014 by David Curry

T-Mobile has a lot of high-band spectrum, but it is rather useless when the service cannot penetrate through walls or go across large rural areas.

This is why T-Mobile is appealing to the FCC, who are looking to open some of the spectrum below 1GHz to mobile providers, who currently lack the available spectrum.

Back in 2007 and 2008, both AT&T and Verizon Wireless managed to grab a lot of this spectrum, while T-Mobile and Sprint focused on high-band. Turns out the low-band spectrum proved the most useful, despite being underwhelming when it comes to speeds.

T-Mobile has been growing out its wireless network at a rapid rate, ever since CEO John Legere entered office. AT&T has seen a drop in their revenue from T-Mobile, but Verizon Wireless is currently not experiencing any problems with T-Mobile.

In order to get a foot past the two dominant network providers, T-Mobile needs this low-end spectrum. The biggest complaint of T-Mobile at the moment is their poor network indoors and in rural areas, where AT&T and Verizon Wireless shine.

The 600Mhz sale will begin sometime next year. T-Mobile is appealing for 50 percent of the spectrum to be handed to their network, in order to beef up the speeds indoors, but AT&T and Verizon Wireless don't want a more powerful T-Mobile.

T-Mobile believes with this new spectrum, more customers will move over to their Un-Carrier deals, currently sweeping the nation.

32 Cities Fight Against Slow Telecom Speeds, Want Gigabyte Broadband


Posted: October 22, 2014 by David Curry

In the ongoing fight for super-fast broadband in the U.S, city leaders are starting to get sick of big telecoms and have banded together to create the Next Century Cities coalition, to fight ISPs and create their own municipal broadband.



The Next Century Cities coalition has 32 cities looking for fiber optic broadband. Some of these cities already have fiber broadband installed, but want other cities to have the same benefits and want to share their knowledge, on top of bringing more competition.

The member states include: Ammon, ID; Auburn, IN; Austin, San Antonio, TX; Urbana, Champaign, IL; Boston, Leverett, MA; Centennial, Montrose, CO; Santa Cruz County, Santa Monica, Palo Alto, CA; Chattanooga, Clarksville, Jackson, Morristown, TN; Kansas City, KS; Kansas City, MO; Lafayette, LA; Louisville, KY; Mount Vernon, WA; Ponca City, OK; Portland, Sandy, OR; Raleigh, Wilson, NC; Rockport, South Portland, ME; Westminster, MD; Winthrop, MN

Kansas City and Austin both have Google Fiber installed and Chattanooga has 1Gbps fiber optic, but it wouldn't hurt to have another municipal provider to make prices even more competitive.

That being said, Google Fiber doesn't take kindly to municipal broadband either, buying iProvo for $1 in order to take control of fiber optic distribution in the city.

The new alliance will slow down Comcast and Time Warner Cable, especially if the coalition is capable of turning laws inside some states, which make municipal broadband illegal.

City frustration over Comcast and other ISPs is starting to show. This is not the first time cities have come out and openly denied supporting Comcast - with some cities pleading with the FCC to deny the merger between the two ISPs.