CTIA Determines 2 TV Stations Can Share a Single Channel
The CTIA Wireless Association has published the results of a field study that verified two television stations can in fact broadcast their content in a single slice of spectrum. The test was kicked off earlier this year in Los Angeles, where two TV stations agreed to perform the trial. The stations tested sending a variety of HD and SD streams and determined that they could send two HD and two SD streams through one channel without affecting the quality of their content. This was made possible by the use of the most modern compression techniques. The findings are significant because the Federal Communications Commission hopes to convince TV stations to give up their spectrum in a reverse auction planned for next year. The spectrum will in turn be sold to wireless network operators and used for mobile broadband.
FCC's 2016 Reverse Auction Sees Opening Bids Set
The FCC has set opening bids for the 600MHz reverse spectrum auction, scheduled for the middle of 2016. The auction will see television stations give up their spectrum licenses, which will then be sold to wireless companies.
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.
Dish Says It Will Bid On 600MHz Spectrum
Dish Networks has told the FCC it intends to "meaningfully participate" in the reverse auction for 600MHz airwaves scheduled for next year. "The incentive auction offers opportunities for competitive providers and new entrants to bid on and win much-needed lowband spectrum, which will facilitate the deployment of mobile broadband services," said Dish Senior Vice President Jeffrey Blum in the filing with the agency.
Los Angeles Subway to Be Fitted with Cell and WiFi Service
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority began work this week on adding cellular and WiFi service to select stations along the Red line. Four stations will receive cellular and WiFi service by May, and the tunnels between them will be linked by August under phase one of the project.
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