FCC Schedules Mobility Fund Auction for Sept 27
The Federal Communications Commission today announced plans regarding the Mobility Fund Phase I auction and Connect America Fund. The Connect America program is meant to bring wired and wireless broadband to under-served Americans, who typically live in rural regions. The FCC has scheduled a reverse auction to award $300 million in one-time Mobility Fund Phase I support to carriers that commit to provide 3G or better service to areas where such services are not available. The FCC today published a map that shows areas around the country that could benefit from such a commitment. The FCC is reforming the Universal Service Fund and Intercarrier Compensation systems to allocate the necessary funds. The reverse auction is scheduled for September 27, 2012 and is being referred to as Auction 901.
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.
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.
NAB Sues FCC Over Reverse Auction Rules
The National Association of Broadcasters today asked a U.S. Court of Appeals to help it challenge some of the rules set by the FCC for the forthcoming reverse spectrum 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.