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 Chairman Talks Incentive Auction Plans
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has discussed the broad strokes for incentivizing television broadcasters to give up their 600MHz spectrum. The FCC will meet with broadcasters one at a time to explain in depth the benefits of participating.
FCC Delays Incentive Auction Until 2016
The FCC today said it has been forced to push the planned mid-2015 incentive auction back to early 2016. According to the FCC, court challenges brought about by broadcasters have impacted its original timeframe.
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.
Court Says FCC's Incentive Auction Can Proceed
A federal appeals court today denied broadcasters' bid to derail the FCC's forthcoming reverse auction. The incentive auction, set to take place in mid 2016, will see wireless companies bid for spectrum owned by television broadcasters.
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