A Layman’s Guide to the Possible Intelsat IPO

By Armand Musey | November 29, 2012

Given all of the industry questions about a possible Intelsat IPO, I decided to spend some time an analyze the situation. This resulted in a 26 page analysis (e-mail me at amusey@SummitRidgeGroup.com) for a copy. Here is the executive summary: Executive Summary In light of its May 18th $1.75 billion IPO filing, satellite industry observers…

Implications of Expected FCC Limits on DISH’s AWS-4 Spectrum

By Armand Musey | November 21, 2012

BACKGROUND The FCC recently indicated it was leaning towards limiting DISH’s use of its 40 Mhz of AWS-4 spectrum it acquired from Terrestar and DBSD North America to prevent interference with the H-block which runs from 1915 MHz to 1920 Mhz and 1995 MHz to 2000 MHz. DISH’s spectrum currently runs between 2000 Mhz and…

Spectrum Property and Spectrum Valuation Presentations

By Armand Musey | November 12, 2012

We’ve just added two presentation to our website that might be of interest: 1) An Introductory Framework for Wireless Spectrum Valuation 2) Broadcasting Licenses: Ownership Rights and the Spectrum Rationalization Challenge: Why the Government is Buying Back its Own Spectrum. The first presentation is what the title implies — It outlines a basic framework for analyzing…

Lack of Interdisciplinary Insight Hampers Media and Telecom Sectors

By Steve Sands | November 7, 2012

Due to the technical complexity of the media and telecom sectors most analysis is narrowly tailored. Cross-sector and multi-disciplinary analysis needed for making important decisions is often unavailable. The new Summit Ridge Group, LLC blog is designed to address this shortfall. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 7, 2012 Despite the volumes of data about the media and…

Wireless Consolidation’s Impact on the Incentive Auctions

By Armand Musey | November 5, 2012

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

By Armand Musey | October 25, 2012

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 Buying their US Counterparts….

By Armand Musey | October 17, 2012

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…

Top Law Journals Publish Articles Detailing the Quasi-Property Rights of Television Broadcasters in their FCC Licenses and the Impact on the Spectrum Reallocation Process

By Steve Sands | October 13, 2012

Two Leading law journals recently published academic papers concerning property rights in FCC spectrum license rights written by Summit Ridge Group, LLC president and founder J. Armand Musey. The papers address the significant issue of the quasi-property rights television broadcasters hold in their spectrum licenses and how that impacts the FCC’s options for reallocating that…

Super WiFi Summit Takeaways

By Armand Musey | October 7, 2012

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

By Armand Musey | September 26, 2012

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:…