FCC Greenlights CTIA's Channel-Sharing Trial
The Federal Communications Commission today granted Los Angeles-area television stations KLCS and KJLA permission to conduct a channel sharing trial. The trial, proposed by the CTIA Wireless Association last month, is meant to prove that multiple TV signals can be shared in the same slice of spectrum. "We find that the channel sharing pilot is in the public interest, as it may help to demonstrate the feasibility of successful channel sharing between two independently owned stations," said the FCC. "It also may serve as a model for other stations contemplating participation in the incentive auction, using the channel sharing option, and provide information about the technical implementation of channel sharing agreements. We do not anticipate enforcement issues that would impede the accomplishment of the experiment." The FCC 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 channel sharing tests will be run during the first quarter of the year, and will not impact KLCS nor KJLA's customers.
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.
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 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'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.
Ahh...so the FCC is working. .