FCC Delays Vote On Incentive Auction Rules
The FCC today removed a scheduled vote regarding the incentive auction rules from the agenda of its open meeting, scheduled for July 16. According to Commissioner Ajit Pai, the FCC delayed the release of some simulation data until just days before the vote. Based on the initial feedback the FCC has received from stakeholders regarding the data, the agency realizes it needs to take a bit more time sifting through the responses before voting. "These incentive auction issues are complicated and highly technical," explained Pai in a statement. "We must make difficult and important judgments. So we should not be forced to review comments less than 24 hours before we vote on a matter that will have long-term consequences for the future of our nation's broadcast and wireless industries. This is not the kind of deliberative process that will lead to good decisions." Though the FCC removed the vote from its July 16 agenda, it has not rescheduled the vote. The FCC expects the reverse auction for 600MHz airwaves to kick off in mid 2016.
Trump Renominates Pai to Serve As FCC Chair
Mar 7, 2017
President Donald Trump today renominated Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has been running the agency since the January departure of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, even though Pai's official tenure at the FCC ended in the middle of 2016.
FCC Targeting November 5G Auction for 28 GHz
Feb 27, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will commence an auction for 28 GHz airwaves as soon as November. Pai expects the spectrum in question will be used for 5G.
FCC Chairman Pai Pledges to Be More Transparent
Feb 2, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today said he hopes to make the agency more transparent and accessible to the American public. Primarily, Pai wants to ensure that FCC documents are available earlier in the process ahead of votes and/or adoption by the Commission.
FCC Chairman Pai Takes First Steps to Reverse Net Neutrality
Apr 26, 2017
Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC, today outlined his plan to remove the Title II classification from broadband services and kill off net neutrality laws put in place by the Commission two years ago. In a sometimes fiery and heavily partisan statement, Pai suggested that the previous Commission made an incredible mistake by re-classifying broadband under Title II and installing bright line rules that could not be broken.