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."
Nov 7, 2018
Google today announced a number of features that developers can put to use in their Android apps. First up, the new In-App Updates API lets developers push updates to their app while the app is in use.
Oct 23, 2018
The FCC today proposed two separate actions meant to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband use. The first covers the rules governing the 3.5 GHz band (Citizens Broadband Radio Service).
Oct 23, 2018
The FCC today proposed a fine of more than $63 million against American Broadband and Telecommunications Company for violating rules regarding the Lifeline program. The company, a wireless reseller based in Ohio, "improperly sought and received Lifeline funding by creating numerous ineligible Lifeline subscriber accounts."
Oct 26, 2018
California today said it has agreed not to enforce its own net neutrality law until a final decision is reached concerning the FCC's scrapping of Obama-era regulations. In December 2017, the FCC voted to get rid of the previous administration's net neutrality rules, which classified broadband as a utility under Title II and set bright line rules regarding internet traffic.
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