CTIA to Test Spectrum Sharing Tech with TV Stations
The CTIA Wireless Association today announced that two Los Angeles-area television stations have agreed to be the guinea pigs in a channel sharing project. The project is meant to prove that multiple TV signals can be shared in the same slice of spectrum. According to the CTIA, the channel sharing involves a single over-the-air broadcast and related multicast content (SD/HD) in a single, digital stream. To that end, KLCS and KJLA, in particular, will conduct a series of tests that will eventually reach a point wherein KLCS hosts KJLA's content and transmits a shared stream that will combine the two stations' primary and multicast content. The two channels will also run a number of HD and SD video feed tests to see what technical limitations channel sharing may face. The eventual goal of this project is to convince television stations that they can continue to operate and provide the same level of service to customers on a narrower band of spectrum. The Federal Communications Commission is holding an incentive auction in 2015, the point of which is to coax television broadcasters to give up some of their spectrum so it can be repurposed for mobile broadband. The tests will be run during the first quarter of the year, and will not impact KLCS nor KJLA's customers.
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.
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.
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'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.
AT&T Settles with FCC Over Microwave License Violations
The FCC today said AT&T has agreed to pay a fine of $450,000 for operating microwave stations outside the parameters of its licenses to do so. Microwave stations are generally set up in point-to-point configurations to beam signals across terrain where it is uneconomical to run copper or fiber wires.
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