FCC to Begin Cataloging White Space Spectrum
The Federal Communications Commission recently approved a plan that will allow the agency — in concert with a private-sector administrator — to catalog all the nation's available white space spectrum. White space spectrum is the unused spectrum that exists between television channels. The FCC will catalog what spectrum is free and available in each market and create a database storing this information. Television channels will have the opportunity to register their spectrum and location to let white space devices know that their frequencies aren't available. All white space spectrum devices will need to be equipped with geo-location equipment and will need to be able to access this database before they can use white space spectrum in any given area.
FCC Weighing Changes to 2.5 GHz Band for 5G
The FCC today said it is considering new rules for the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band. The FCC says much of this spectrum is unused across the U.S., particularly in rural areas.
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 Greenlights AT&T Spectrum Deal
The FCC has approved AT&T's request to purchase two Cellular A Block licenses and microwave point-to-point spectrum from Cellular Properties Inc. The spectrum covers 11 counties and parts of two Cellular Market Areas in Illinois.
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.