FCC Mulls Retrieving Airwaves from TV Broadcasters
In order to combat what Chairman Julius Genachowski calls a "looming spectrum gap," the Federal Communications Commission recently said it is giving thought to taking back some airwaves from television broadcasters and then auctioning the airwaves off to wireless service providers. The FCC said that it is considering all possible options to make sure enough spectrum is available for the nation's growing demand for wireless services. The Consumer Electronics Association noted in a study that the federal government stands to make up to $62 billion were it to auction of TV airwaves. The National Association of Broadcasters and its members indicated that this idea doesn't sit well with them. The FCC wouldn't take back all the airwaves, but some of the spectrum set aside for digital TV broadcasts. The FCC didn't say how much spectrum it might take back.
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 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.
Incentive Auction Fails to Attract Big Spenders
The FCC's 600MHz incentive auction is proceeding slowly and may need to be reset. After 27 rounds of bidding, the total amount bid has reached only $23 billion, far short of the $88.4 billion clearing cost set during the reverse part of the auction earlier this year.
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.
The FCC could sell the spectrum to AT&T...
Btw, neat gravatar.
How would they pick...
Could it be that they have not been "friendly" to the current administration? Would they pull from a long standing company that is doing well and making a profit? Would there be any thing with minority ownership? How about religious ownership?
I have 20 years in the broadcasting industry. know how it has changed. It used to fall under the 777 rule. That really said that one company could only own 7 AM, 7 FM and 7 TV stations. If they wanted to buy one then they needed to sell one of the same. For better or worse, now there are really no limits. You really do not have to serve the local community as before. Plus the "public file" that they keep is really a joke. Plus it used to be that some...
...the stations that they would pull from?
Could it be that they have not been "friendly" to the current administration?
Lose the conspiracy theories. For a supposed "Researcher," you are para...
I have a major problem with this.
I would li...
The FCC IS the problem