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CableOne Plans to Sell AWS Spectrum to AT&T
by Karl Bode 08:54AM Friday Feb 07 2014
AT&T has struck yet another spectrum deal, this time with CableOne Communications. A new proposal filed at the FCC details plans for CableOne to sell sell 20 megahertz of AWS-1 A Block spectrum to AT&T in 24 cellular market areas in various states. The companies tell the FCC the deal would "serve the public interest because it would enable AT&T to increase its system capacity to enhance existing services, better accommodate its overall growth, and facilitate the provision of additional products and services to the public." AT&T has struck more than 45 different spectrum deals since claiming two years ago that they'd be unable to expand their network without acquiring T-Mobile.

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Fremont, OH


Only if the MSOs deployed their own network to compete. They could have been a real threat in the wireless network- especially if they picked up TMO.



Re: MSOs

COX tried out in OK I believe, but it was extremely expensive. We were following suit, but after COX's market trials we stopped going forward.

Chesterfield, MO

True and False

AT&T's statement about "serving the public interest" are both true and false. As all good marketing, they left out the negative side of concentrating more spectrum in the hands of a market leader rather than serving the public interest of more competitive options.



This is good for AT&T

Although AT&T has a nice deck of spectrum as an entirety, it's not the most ideal.

Carriers prefer contiguous or greenfield spectrum. This will help AT&T speed up the possibilities of 15+15 or 20+20 LTE networks to compete with the speed claims that will be put out by T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon later this year.

AT&T's current LTE network is the 2nd largest in the Unites States just behind Verizon but their customers want more speed.

AT&T in the meantime will be able to deploy Carrier Aggregation by re-using PCS and Cellular in markets that have excess capacity. This is tricky though because they have to do it in a way that doesn't materially degrade older 3G networks currently the most ubiquitous.

I recently switched over to AT&T from T-Mobile while they still had the $200 switcher credit per line. It's like night and day. Finally nice to get LTE all over the place instead of seeing EDGE and GPRS even close and within the city of Los Angeles.

I know people hate it every time AT&T buys more spectrum or posts a profit. But their network is fantastic compared to the crappy network they had back in 2008 and legions beyond Sprint and T-Mobile where I live.


Re: This is good for AT&T

It's all about capacity, and more blocks, even if they aren't contiguous, means more capacity.

Concord, NC

price cut

think they would have cut the family plan rate if they had gobbled up T mobile. just askin

united state
·Time Warner Cable

Unrelated to at&t.

I hope this gives Cable One some needed cash to keep on track. when i lived out west i was so far out in the middle of no where i didn't even have a phone line but i had Cable One and the service was really great. gotta appreciate a company that services the sticks with decent support & prices.

Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Tulsa, OK

at&t, making sure there will be meaningful competition, now & forever

at&t doing what SBC does best. Regulatory capture and market control.

New entrant? Want to compete with at&t? Sorry, won't happen.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

Fremont, OH
·AT&T U-Verse

Re: at&t, making sure there will be meaningful competition, now & forever

Google had a chance, they gave up and admitted in the end they didn't want to actually didn't want to build a network. Plus the cable companies could have built out, they did the same after they purchased the spectrum- they sat on it and sold it off only to again, become a partner of a cell company- first they had their own MVNO closed it and then went and partnered with VZ when in the end- they could have just built out their own network.

Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Tulsa, OK

Re: at&t, making sure there will be meaningful competition, now & forever

Barriers to entry. Combined with the usual suspects. Short term gain, long term? Pshaw!

Los Angeles, CA

Typo on the article?

"CableOne to sell sell 20 megahertz of AWS-1 A Block..." sell sell? Are they selling it twice to AT&T?