With data traffic reportedly doubling on an annual basis, the demand for spectrum is expected to exceed supply in some U.S. markets starting this year.

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FCC Expected to Approve Verizon/SpectrumCo Deal

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As blogged about in the past, Verizon Wireless has been trying to purchase AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies, awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal is headed for approval in the next few weeks, after all parties agree to satisfy antitrust concerns.

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Verizon to Pay US Treasury $1.25 Million

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Have you ever used your 4G LTE smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot to get service on your laptop or other device? Of course! Why not, right? It's called "tethering." It allows subscribers to use their phone as a wireless modem for another Wi-Fi enabled device.

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LTE in 33 More Markets

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Verizon Wireless was the first carrier to launch LTE and has stayed ahead of the game, consistently. According to CNET, Verizon launched 4G LTE in 33 new markets yesterday, which will bring its grand total to 337 markets. It still plans to reach its goal of 400 markets by the end of 2012.

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Sprint Finally Launches LTE

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It's official. Earlier this week Sprint announced that it has deployed LTE in a total of 15 cities scattered throughout Texas, Missouri and Georgia.

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Spectrum is Wireless Operators’ Currency

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Andrew Seybold is recognized as an authority on technology and trends that shape the wireless industry. A respected analyst, consultant, commentator, and author, Seybold's views have influenced strategies and shaped initiatives for telecom and wireless industry leaders, globally. What's Seybold's latest take on spectrum? Spectrum is the wireless operators' true currency.

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Spectrum Concerns

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The explosion in demand for wireless bandwidth, due to the popularity of tablets and smartphones, has created a need for spectrum supply for future use.

In Chicago, AT&T has a problem with its service. The company upgraded its network in the windy city to LTE, which is supposed to offer must faster download speeds.

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How Fast is Your iPhone?

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SwayMarkets, a startup based out of Boston, recently released CarrierCompare - an app that allows iPhone users to see their network's speed and response time compared to other networks in the area.

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AT&T Claims Interest in Verizon's 700 MHz Spectrum

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Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T, has publicly announced that AT&T would be interested in purchasing Verizon's spectrum in the Lower B Block.

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Weighing in on Dish Network’s Plans

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Dish Network, a company that currently holds 40 MHz of S-Band Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) spectrum has asked the FCC for a waiver that would allow it to use its spectrum for a land-based LTE-Advanced network. In March of this year, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish rules for stand-alone terrestrial services over 2 GHz MSS spectrum. In other words, the commission is trying to determine whether MSS spectrum, which is intended for satellite use, can be used for land-based communication.

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