Most countries in the Americas include coverage obligations in their latest spectrum licence awards. In some countries, the coverage requirements are set out in detail with a specific rollout schedule, including for roads and rural areas, whereas other countries set more generic obligations based on covering a percentage of the population.
A range of other obligations can be included as spectrum licence conditions, including: mandated wholesale access; obligations to pay for the costs of migrating users and to mitigate against interference with other licensees; and requiring licensees to grant subsidised access and equipment to specific user groups.
In the United States, coverage obligations are linked to the “use it or lose it” principle, which aims to prevent spectrum hoarding or anti-competitive behaviour, while fostering economic activity in local areas. The FCC usually sets interim and final targets that require the licensee to cover a certain percentage of the population in each licence area. If these targets are not met, the licence term can be reduced and the spectrum licence reclaimed by the FCC, which will make it available to other potential users.
16 July 18
New benchmark on advertised and actual broadband speed in the Americas
25 June 18
New research on initiatives to tackle illicit streaming devices in the Americas
Cullen International's latest research shows that preloaded streaming boxes have been banned in some Americas countries.
13 June 18
US Judge clears AT&T/Time Warner merger without conditions
After six weeks of litigation and a 20-month transaction for AT&T, Judge Richard Leon of the US District Court for the District of Columbia decided on 12 June 2018 that the acquisition of media conglomerate Time Warner by telecoms operator AT&T can go forward without any conditions or remedies.