NAB Sues FCC Over Reverse Auction Rules
The National Association of Broadcasters today asked a U.S. Court of Appeals to help it challenge some of the rules set by the FCC for the forthcoming reverse spectrum auction. The NAB contends the rules adopted by the FCC don't follow the guidelines set by congress strictly enough and will result in harm to the NAB and its constituents. The NAB is most concerned over changes to the methodology that will be used to determine television coverage areas and population served. "Under this new methodology, many broadcast licensees will lose coverage area and population served during the auction's repacking and reassignment process, or be forced to participate in the auction and relinquish broadcast spectrum rights." Further, the NAB believes the rules will leave broadcasters - even those that choose not to participate in the auction - with bills totaling $500 million to cover repacking expenses. "Local broadcasters should not be forced to go out of pocket to help multi-national wireless giants," argued the NAB's Rick Kaplan. The NAB insists today's legal action is not meant to delay the auction, which is expected to kick off next year. It hopes to come to an agreement with the FCC in time to keep the reverse auction on schedule. The auction is asking TV broadcasters to give up their airwaves, in the 600MHz band, so that it can be sold to wireless network operators. The CTIA Wireless Association expressed disappointment in the NAB's action. "As the FCC Commissioners and members of Congress continue to emphasize, the wireless industry needs more spectrum as soon as possible to be able to meet mobile broadband demand. To help meet that need, we will continue to work with the FCC, NAB, and other affected stakeholders to ensure that the Commission is ready to hold the auction on schedule in mid-2015."
FCC Says Applications for Incentive Auction Due Today
Today marks the deadline for companies planning to participate in the upcoming reverse auction to file their applications. The FCC will accept entries until the end of the day.
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'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.
FCC Finalizes 30MHz Reserve for 600MHz Auction
The FCC today formally rejected T-Mobile's bid to set aside more low-band spectrum for smaller carriers in next year's 600MHz auction. T-Mobile wanted to see a total of 40MHz of the valuable low-band airwaves set aside for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
If the FCC commissioner understands that there is an issue in meeting mobile broadband demand then why is he getting all up on Verizon about their throttling of heavy data users?