NextWave Shrugs Off Supreme Court Rebuff - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

NextWave Shrugs Off Supreme Court Rebuff

For those of us who can't get enough of seemingly endless public battles: Wireless-giant-wannabe NextWave Telecom Inc. says it will not let a U.S. Supreme Court setback on Monday prevent it from trying to win back the wireless spectrum the company says it owns.

The high court decided for a second time not to hear the case in which NextWave says it was improperly stripped of spectrum it bid $4.7 billion for in 1996. The Federal Communications Commission nullified NextWave's winning bid when it initially could not come up with more than its $500 million down payment. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 1998. The licenses in question are worth fighting for. They cover all of the top 10 and 28 of the top 30 U.S. markets, and are scheduled to be auctioned again by the FCC on Dec. 12.

The company has suggested the FCC postpone the auction until after its latest court challenge, before the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, is decided. A NextWave spokesman claims the FCC says that being bankrupt, which protects a company from those it owes money to, doesn't apply to radio-frequency licenses. Legal briefs for the company are due Dec. 11, a day before the next auction.

"Spectrum for wireless services in major metros might as well be gold bullion nowadays as major and minor wireless network operators scramble to expand the coverage and capacity of their often brittle networks," says Daniel Briere, CEO of telecom consulting firm TeleChoice. "They had the right plan at the right time, but simply bid far more than they could afford, bringing them to the rather desperate plight they're in now."

The value of spectrum is soaring as wireless operators focus primarily on selling higher-bandwidth wireless data services than are generally available today. They want to take advantage of an avalanche of Internet-ready mobile devices and E-commerce opportunities.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Slideshows
What Digital Transformation Is (And Isn't)
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/4/2019
Commentary
Watch Out for New Barriers to Faster Software Development
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  12/3/2019
Commentary
If DevOps Is So Awesome, Why Is Your Initiative Failing?
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  12/2/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll