Wireless Consolidation’s Impact on the Incentive Auctions

Since the discussion of the television broadcast incentive auctions began a few years ago, the US wireless industry has significantly consolidated. In the past 12 months the following major transactions have reshaped the industry: Verizon’s buys Spectrum Co, signaling the probably end of the cable industry’s interest in entering the industry; T-mobile buys MetroPCS and […]

Incentive Auction NPRM & Plight of Low Powered TV Stations

While there has been a lot of discussion about the FCC’s October 2nd Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the incentive auctions, the plight of low powered television stations has been somewhat neglected. These stations hold secondary licenses and are allowed to operate on their frequency allocation subject to them not interfering with the primary […]

Foreign Wireless Companies bBuying their US Counterparts….

The past few weeks we have seen two major wireless transactions announced.  First Deutsche Telecom backed  T-mobile announced an acquisition MetroPCS and late last week the Japan’s Softbank announced it was paying $20 billion for a 70% interest in Sprint.  Why does foreign firms find US wireless companies so attractive?  On first blush, it does […]

Super WiFi Summit Takeaways

I just returned from the “Super WiFi Summit” in Austin, TX (Oct 3-5).  The range of speakers – from major companies including Microsoft and Texas Instrument to start-up entrepreneurs and various policy experts (including Blaire Levin and Michael Calabrese as well as some international policymakers)  indicated a robust WiFi industry.  A general theme was ne of disappointment in the […]

Second Paper on TV Broadcasters’ Property Rights in their FCC License Published

My second paper on television broadcasters’ potential property rights in their spectrum was recently published in the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. This paper is a detailed legal analysis of the subject.  My prior paper on the subject, was a policy-oriented paper about potential equitable solutions to the dilemma of reallocating television spectrum. Broadcasting Licenses: […]

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