FCC Changes Tune on Broadcast Spectrum Grab
Phil Bellaria, the director of scenario planning for the Federal Communication Commission's broadband task force, recently said that the agency has shelved the idea of forcing television broadcasters to turn over spectrum for wireless broadband purposes. The idea had been considered, but not seriously, he indicated. "The reality is that we are not trying to take spectrum from any individual broadcaster unless that broadcaster chooses to do it," Bellaria said in an interview. "Where we have landed is a scenario that establishes a voluntary marketplace mechanism so that broadcast TV stations have a choice in how they want to use their spectrum. That choice could include retaining all of it and continue to broadcast in HD with broadcast and mobile; relinquishing some of it, because there are many stations not using all of the bandwidth available to it; or in some cases stations making the decision to relinquish all of their spectrum."
FCC Says Incentive Auction Reaches End Point
Jan 18, 2017
The FCC today said the close of the fourth stage will mark the end of bidding in the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The auction has been in progress since last May and worked its way through several stages.
FCC Sets 126 MHz Clearing Target for Reverse Auction
Apr 29, 2016
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.
Facebook Live to Reach Android Phones This Week
Feb 26, 2016
Facebook today said it is expanded the availability of its Facebook Live video feature to people who use Android devices. Until now, the feature had been restricted to Apple iPhones.
FCC Puts Clear Line Between Mobile and Fixed Broadband
Jan 19, 2018
The FCC this week released its findings concerning the state of broadband in the U.S. and the news is mixed.
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