FCC Agrees to Free Up More Wireless Spectrum
Today during his keynote address at the CTIA wireless trade show, Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski said that the agency would work to free up more spectrum to meet the growing demand for wireless broadband services. He said, "As this audience knows, it takes years to reallocate spectrum and put it to use. And there are no easy pickings on the spectrum chart." He did not provide any specifics about which spectrum blocks would be made available, nor how much in those blocks. Genachowski also said that the FCC will consider net neutrality within the wireless space as it prepares its national broadband plan, to be delivered to congress in February 2010.
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: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
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 Proposes Spectrum Screen Changes
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will see changes made to how it uses spectrum screens to weigh spectrum auctions and sales. The FCC wants to see low- and high-band spectrum put to use more evenly around the country by a wider range of companies.
Sprint Complains to FCC Over Proposed Spectrum Screen
Sprint submitted a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission this week in response to the FCC's suggested spectrum screen reforms. The FCC established spectrum screens to help it weigh how much spectrum is owned by wireless network operators in a given market.