Senators Task FCC to Find Alternate Spectrum for LightSquared
The Federal Communications Commission needs to come up with an alternate spectrum plan for beleaguered LightSquared, say U.S. Senators John Kerry and Lindsey Graham. The two lawmakers sent a letter to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski saying, "We urge you to work with industry and the relevant federal agencies to find consensus on alternate spectrum for LightSquared's proposed network. Advancing LightSquared's network in a consensus manner would increase competition in the wireless broadband market and promote the public interest." The FCC has blocked LightSquared's plans to use L-Band spectrum for a terrestrial LTE 4G mobile broadband network due to GPS interference concerns. LightSquared has demanded that the FCC review its case and provide it with new spectrum. It has long claimed that the GPS industry is at fault, as GPS equipment encroaches on LightSquared's spectrum and not the other way around. "Others have rightly pointed out that this situation raises the question of whether the agency should create receiver standards so that license holders operate only in their licensed spectrum," said Kerry.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
Sprint, T-Mobile Want FCC to Eye AT&T's Spectrum Spree
Sprint, T-Mobile, and others want the FCC to "carefully scrutinize" a number of AT&T's proposed low-band spectrum acquisitions. AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase 700MHz spectrum from a range of small companies around the country.
T-Mobile, US Cellular Named FCC Incentive Auction Winners
The FCC today marked the official end of the incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The agency said 50 wireless companies bid a cumulative $19.8 billion on some 70 MHz of spectrum that was put on offer by 175 television stations.
FCC Agrees to Open 3.5GHz for Wireless Service
The FCC today voted unanimously to approve a Report and Order that will free up 150MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The idea had been floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last month.
Senators Revive Wireless Innovation Act
A quintet of Senators recently re-introduced the Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, which asks the federal government to find 200 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband. The act was sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio, Roger Wicker, Kelly Ayotte, Cory Gardner, and Ron Johnson.
Kerry / Graham
Yes. Instead of telling the FCC or "urging" as they said, they should actuially and personally DO something about this and not just write letters. Writing a letter and then doing nothing about the outcome is inaction, so I guess we should expect that from the government, right?
It Kerry is so hung up on this, HE should find lightsquared the spectrum they need.
There's spectrum for them
The only question I have is how much they had to pay Kerry and Graham to ask the FCC to find them new spectr...