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 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.
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 Wants Input On Reverse Auction Rules
The FCC today adopted a Public Notice regarding the reverse auction for 600MHz television spectrum, currently scheduled to take place in early 2016. The FCC wants input regarding the auction's specifics, such as how it should set opening prices, what its spectrum targets should be, and how best to measure the impact of potential interference.
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