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Highlights from Vertix’s Weekly News Roundup: Month of November 2016

The morning following an election, every industry reflects on the results and questions how the President-elect will affect business over the next four to eight years. Invariably, the person that holds the highest office in American government will influence nearly every segment of the economy. Telecommunications, as a heavily regulated industry, is highly sensitive to…

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Highlights from Vertix’s Weekly News Roundup: Month of October 2016

As October creeped its way toward Halloween, the telecommunications sector saw a slew of critical activity. First off, the FCC set a 108 MHZ clearing target for the third stage of the reverse 600MHz auction, slated to begin on November 1st. The target has come down significantly since the first phase, where it stood at…

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Highlights from Vertix’s Weekly News Roundup: Month of September 2016

On September 13th, the FCC launched the second phase of the reverse auction of the 600MHz spectrum. This follows the first phase forward auction, where wireless carriers bid $23.11B after 27 rounds. The second phase aims to clear a reduced 114MHz in up to 52 rounds of bidding. The FCC is also testing equipment in…

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Highlights from Vertix’s Weekly News Roundup: Month of August 2016

After months of stealing the telecom news cycle, the first stage of the FCC’s 600MHz auction came to an end as forward-bidding activity dropped below the level needed to continue. Broadcasters were expecting about $84B for their waves in the initial clearing target of 126MHz, but bidders (carriers and others) did not even come close…

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Broadcast Tower Crews and the FCC Repack

Speculation is morphing into concern as the FCC still hasn’t given many clues on scheduling during the repack and how tower crews and other limited resources will best be utilized. As noted in our most recent FCC blog, timing remains a major challenge, as stations prepare to meet repack deadlines and obtain proper reimbursement for…

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Highlights from Vertix’s Monthly News Roundup: Month of July 2016

Everyone in the industry has been inundated with the “Internet of Things” (IoT). It’s not just a buzz term that generates hype – IoT clearly points to the proliferation of connected devices beyond cell phones to add efficiencies to the everyday life of the consumer. (Read More)

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Vertix 2016 Mid-Year Review

From 5G to small cells and the Mobile World Congress to the FCC’s Reverse Spectrum Auction; the first half of 2016 has proven to be a busy one for the wireless world. (Read More)

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It’s a Long Road Ahead for the FCC’s Reverse Spectrum Auction

While the FCC’s Reverse Spectrum Auction is well underway, a lot of uncertainties and concerns still remain. The National Association of Broadcasters has been fairly vocal on its stance, claiming the FCC’s plan for allocating and clearing spectrum within the 36-month timeframe is nothing short of impossible. There are others, though, who are confident in…

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