Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order to eliminate one of the last non-commercial, educational wireless set-asides, the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). The Order eliminates the educational set-aside and creates procedures designed to encourage existing educational licensees to sell their licenses to commercial providers. The Commission will also auction unassigned educational spectrum to commercial carriers in the future.
Today, ACA Connects – America’s Communications Association (“ACA Connects”), Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”), and Charter Communications presented a proposal to the Federal Communications Commission that would free up C-Band spectrum for mobile broadband use. Public Knowledge supports the proposal’s requirement that the C-Band be reallocated for mobile use via a transparent, public FCC auction.
Today, Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or “AIRWAVES,” Act. The bill establishes a pipeline to move federal spectrum into commercial use, ensuring significant capacity for both exclusive use (“licensed”) spectrum and shared use (“unlicensed”) spectrum.
Last night, Congress announced it had reached a bipartisan budget deal with the White House.
The budget agreement includes changes to spectrum policy, including directing the Department of Commerce to identify 30 MHz of spectrum held by Federal agencies to be auctioned for commercial use, requiring the Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department to identify and report to Congress on 100 MHz of spectrum that can be allocated for licensed and unlicensed use, and modifying the Spectrum Relocation Fund (SRF) to permit Federal agencies to use SRF funds to study how to use their spectrum more efficiently so more airwaves can be freed up for consumers.