T-Mobile Cranky About FCC Auction


T-Mobile USA has asked the Federal Communications Commission to extend up to three months the public comment cycle for a controversial free wireless Internet plan, RCR Wireless News reports. The request would give the company additional time for interference testing, and probably delay a final decision until after the fall presidential and congressional elections.

“T-Mobile USA, which spent $4.2 billion on 120 licenses in the AWS-1 [spectrum] auction two years ago, remains concerned that AWS-3 operations could cause interference to spectrum the carrier hopes will provide it with sufficient capacity to provide 3G wireless services and thereby remain competitive with AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp,” the article said.

T-Mobile is just launching their high-speed 3G network now, after spending several years as the lone major wireless carrier in the states without one.