FCC Looking to Auction Spectrum Sooner Rather than Later
The Federal Communications Commission has indicated that it hopes to auction off spectrum for wireless broadband use as early as 2012. As part of the government's plan to reallocate 500MHz of spectrum for broadband use, the FCC is looking for television broadcasters to voluntarily give up spectrum they aren't using in exchange for a portion of the revenues generated by the auction. The FCC needs congressional approval before moving forward with this course of action, but FCC chair Julius Genachowski said that it will act quickly once congress passes the law.
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.
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 Incentive Auction Racks Up $86B In Clearing Costs
Jun 29, 2016
The FCC today said that the reverse portion of its incentive auction is now complete. Bidding for 600 MHz television airwaves is over, and the cost to clear the 126 MHz spectrum target exceeded $86.4 billion.
Law Enforcement Could Use CLOUD Act to Skirt 4th Amendment
Mar 15, 2018
The CLOUD Act would give law enforcement both at home and abroad new access to Americans' personal data in violation of the Fourth Amendment, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The CLOUD Act (H.R.