FCC Approves AT&T’s Purchase Of Qualcomm’s Flo TV Spectrum

Before AT&T announced their intention of trying to buy T-Mobile last spring, it was announced that AT&T was going to be Qualcomm’s surplus spectrum from their failed FloTV venture.

FloTV was a portable streaming TV service that allowed users to stream content directly to their device without the need for wifi. The FloTV hardware and service were sold in electronics retailers like Radio Shack however it never really took off.

Qualcomm ended the entire project and took a more aggressive, focused approach to apps, opening up Qualcomm labs which is host to apps like Skifta and SWAGG.

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Fast Forward to today and after a rocky battle with the FCC over it’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, the FCC actually approved AT&T’s purchase of that Qualcomm spectrum. The spectrum is in the 700mhz band and it will give AT&T more spectrum to work with to build out their 4G/LTE network.

“This spectrum will help AT&T continue to deliver a world-class mobile broadband experience to our customers,” said Bob Quinn, senior vice president-Federal Regulatory, AT&T. “We appreciate the FCC Chairman, the Commissioners and their staff for completing its review before the holidays.

“As spectrum is the lifeblood of the U.S. wireless industry, we are pleased that the FCC did not reduce the spectrum screen, however, we continue to believe any changes to the process by which it is allocated should be subject to open and transparent public discussion and clear to everyone with an interest in ensuring the health of our industry.”

AT&T currently offers 4G LTE in less than 20 major markets.

source: WSJ