FCC Looking to Auction Spectrum Sooner Rather than Later
The Federal Communications Commission has indicated that it hopes to auction off spectrum for wireless broadband use as early as 2012. As part of the government's plan to reallocate 500MHz of spectrum for broadband use, the FCC is looking for television broadcasters to voluntarily give up spectrum they aren't using in exchange for a portion of the revenues generated by the auction. The FCC needs congressional approval before moving forward with this course of action, but FCC chair Julius Genachowski said that it will act quickly once congress passes the law.
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 Chairman Talks Incentive Auction Plans
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has discussed the broad strokes for incentivizing television broadcasters to give up their 600MHz spectrum. The FCC will meet with broadcasters one at a time to explain in depth the benefits of participating.
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 Wants Input On Reverse Auction Rules
The FCC today adopted a Public Notice regarding the reverse auction for 600MHz television spectrum, currently scheduled to take place in early 2016. The FCC wants input regarding the auction's specifics, such as how it should set opening prices, what its spectrum targets should be, and how best to measure the impact of potential interference.