FCC to Move Forward with Broadcast Incentive Auction
The Federal Communications Commission wants to hold a spectrum auction between television broadcasters and wireless network operators by 2014. The incentive auction would have broadcasters sell unused or unneeded wireless spectrum to mobile network operators so it can be used to provide mobile broadband services. The plan has been under consideration for some time, but FCC chair Julius Genachowski will float a proposal to his fellow commissioners that will be discussed at the FCC's September 28 meeting. The FCC hopes to finalize the rules for the auction by the middle of 2013 and hold the auction by early 2014. The proposal is in part a response to the Obama Administration's request to free up 500MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband.
FCC's Incentive Auction Starts Tonight
The FCC said its incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves officially gets under way at 6p.m. this evening, when broadcasters will need to commit to participating.
FCC Sets 126 MHz Clearing Target for Reverse Auction
The FCC today announced it has set an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz during the reverse part of the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. Television broadcasters have agreed to part with this spectrum.
FCC Says Incentive Auction Reaches End Point
The FCC today said the close of the fourth stage will mark the end of bidding in the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The auction has been in progress since last May and worked its way through several stages.
FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction
Following Sprint's decision to skip next year's 600MHz incentive auction, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for the FCC's plans. "Sprint's decision highlights the folly of the FCC's attempt to pick winners and losers before the auction begins," said Pai, in reference to the rules being assigned to the auction.
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