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 Incentive Auction Racks Up $86B In Clearing Costs
The FCC today said that the reverse portion of its incentive auction is now complete. Bidding for 600 MHz television airwaves is over, and the cost to clear the 126 MHz spectrum target exceeded $86.4 billion.
FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction
Following Sprint's decision to skip next year's 600MHz incentive auction, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for the FCC's plans. "Sprint's decision highlights the folly of the FCC's attempt to pick winners and losers before the auction begins," said Pai, in reference to the rules being assigned to the auction.
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.