FCC Moving Forward with Spectrum Reallocation Plan
The Federal Communications Commission is more seriously considering reclaiming certain bands of spectrum from television broadcasters and making it available to entities willing and able to operate wireless broadband networks. The spectrum reallocation effort will be bundled into the FCC's larger broadband plan, which must be submitted to Congress in February 2010. The FCC will likely push for the freed up spectrum to be used to offer free wireless broadband services. The proposition is sure to be met with opposition from television broadcasters and others looking to keep wireless spectrum licensed and not free.
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: 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.
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.
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.
Does the FCC really think anyone's interested in building out a wireless infrastructure and not charge to access it? This isn't TV or radio, where it can be done with a single transmitter.
Since advertising would be the only revenue stream, will user's browsing be interrupted to redirect them to advertiser's sites. Will they accept payments to not block spam? Will people be giving up their rights to be on a "Do Not Call" type list?