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FCC Proposes New Broadband Spectrum Plan

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Feb 24, 2010, 1:11 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 24, 2010, 3:32 PM

Today the Federal Communications Commission shared its latest idea to help curtail what it calls a "looming spectrum crisis." In an attempt to gather 500MHz more spectrum for wireless broadband use, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed that current spectrum holders (i.e., television broadcasters) be allowed to voluntarily donate their spectrum back to the FCC for auctioning. Existing spectrum holders would then be party to some of the proceeds raised by a new spectrum auction. Genachowski said, "The Mobile Future Auction would allow broadcasters to elect to participate in a mechanism that could save costs for broadcasters while also being a major part of the solution to one of our country's most significant challenges." The FCC is due to submit a new broadband plan to Congress in March, and believes recovering spectrum for wireless broadband use is a critical component of its plan.

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Feb 24, 2010, 1:36 PM


Come on you guys, give up that spectrum that you are hogging, and not using. You have nearly 100MHz of spectrum in many areas.

Give it to the poorer carriers, such as T-Mobile, and Sprint.
I would not be one bit surprised if VZW throws away their 1700 MHz AWS spectrum under a deal like this, but AT&T is a more likely buyer then T-mobile. T-mobile already has a nationwide block of AWS just like VZW's 700 MHz holdings.

As for picking ...
Sprint has a TON of spectrum from the Nextel Buyout.
I remember one time somebody on PS said Sprint has the most spectrum, and the most backhaul.

Feb 24, 2010, 7:44 PM

Too bad...

...that spectrum is a finite resource. We need femtocells. We can always lay more fiber optic.
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