FCC Targets Summer to Begin D-Block Auction Process
Today the Federal Communications Commission indicated that it will begin the process to auction off the 10MHz band of D-Block 700MHz spectrum that failed to sell in 2008. At least a portion of the D-Block was originally intended to serve public agencies, such as police, fire and other first responders. The FCC still wants at least some of the spectrum to serve that purpose, and intends to create the Emergency Response Interoperability Center, which will rely on that spectrum. The FCC, however, has yet to make any final decisions on exactly what terms and conditions will apply to the sale of this particular block of airwaves. The D-Block failed to sell in 2008 in part due to the conditions placed on the sale. The FCC will issue a notice of inquiry by early summer, looking for opinions on what should be done. The FCC doesn't expect the auction to take place until the first or second quarter of 2011.
Nov 7, 2019
T-Mobile today announced plans to offer three new programs offering 5G service for free to certain groups, or cheaply for everyone else. The company is promising to launch the programs when and if it is allowed to merge with Sprint.
Aug 2, 2019
Google is adding a new feature to some Android phones that can speak to an emergency operator on your behalf when you call 911. During an emergency call, three new buttons — "Medical", "Fire", and "Police" — will be available in case you're unable to speak.
Jan 26, 2021
AT&T today announced several unique new technological capabilities for its FirstNet offering for first responders. FirstNet offers priority access to AT&T's exclusive band 14 (758 - 798 MHz).
Oct 2, 2018
Most cell phones in the U.S. will receive a pair of emergency alerts, sent via text message, on Wednesday, Oct.
Jun 17, 2021
T-Mobile is rolling out a new feature that enables priority access to the network for approved first responders during emergencies. The feature provides some competition for AT&T's FirstNet, which also provides priority access for first responders.
And then the taxes come....
This amazes me and it goes FAAAR beyond controlling and keeping the airwaves safe. It is sheer greed at it's worst and an example of a government taking incredible advantage of its people.
It's not perfect, but someone has to regulate the waves.