03/23/2011 07:00:00 PM EST
Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert -- Vol. VIII Issue 12: AT&T/T-Mobile Merger, 700 MHz Band Auction, Pole Attachment, Privacy and Data Security
U.S. Wireless Market May Consolidate Further: AT&T Agrees to Purchase T-Mobile
The "Big Four" in wireless might soon become the "Big Three." On Sunday, AT&T announced its agreement to acquire T-Mobile. In terms of subscribers, the acquisition would make AT&T the largest mobile carrier in the United States. Though the press release from AT&T asserts that the deal will close in the next 12 months, in light of the size of the transaction and concerns over a virtual AT&T/Verizon Wireless duopoly, the deal likely will face intense scrutiny from Congress, the FCC and the Department of Justice. Much of the media attention following announcement of the deal focused on the ability of T-Mobile customers to secure access to the iPhone. For further information, please contact K&H attorney Douglas Jarrett (Jarrett@khlaw.com; 202.434.4180).
FCC Announces Follow-Up 700 MHz Band Auction
Last week, the FCC released a Public Notice setting the date and procedures for Auction 92. This auction will offer 700 MHz area-wide licenses that were either not sold in Auction 73 or for which the auction winners failed to make payment. Two A-Block and fourteen B-Block licenses will be offered. Short Form applications are due by May 11, 2011, and the auction is scheduled to begin on July 19, 2011. See a complete list of the 700 MHz Band Licenses being offered. Read the FCC's Public Notice announcing Auction 92 of 700 MHz Band Licenses.
Complimentary Pole Attachment Conference Call
As noted in February 14th's Keller and Heckman Telecom Business Alert, the FCC is scheduled to vote April 7th on its much-anticipated Order in the Pole Attachment proceeding. Keller and Heckman LLP attorneys Jack Richards and Tom Magee, who represent a group of nine electric utilities (the "Coalition of Concerned Utilities"), will conduct a complimentary one-hour conference call from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 8 to analyze the decision with Coalition members and other clients and friends who are not already represented by outside counsel in this proceeding. If you would like to join the call, please contact our Meeting Coordinator Kara Hardie at email@example.com or at 202.434.4298. Meanwhile, if you have questions, please feel free to contact either Jack (202.434.4210; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom (202.434.4128; email@example.com). An email with call information will be sent to all attendees one week prior to the call.
K&H Video Minute: Tracy Marshall on Privacy and Data Security
The increased focus on privacy and data security by lawmakers, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Commerce makes implementing and maintaining strong privacy and data security practices for information collected through online and offline transactions increasingly important. In this week's Video Minute, Keller and Heckman LLP Partner Tracy Marshall highlights recent developments in the evolving area of privacy and data security that impact every company that collects, uses, stores, and shares information about consumers in the course of its operations. Watch Partner Tracy Marshall Discusses Privacy and Data Security in this Week's Telecom Video Minute.
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