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 Targeting November 5G Auction for 28 GHz
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will commence an auction for 28 GHz airwaves as soon as November. Pai expects the spectrum in question will be used for 5G.