The FCC is about to take spectrum away from rural providers and we are making a last minute effort to stop it. Today we sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, and we are calling on you to contact Congress. Here’s why:
Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced a consent decree settling an enforcement action against Straight Path Wireless. The settlement requires a payment of $100 million and returns these valuable licenses to the FCC for use for 5G services.
Today, Public Knowledge and 17 other organizations representing broadcasters, broadband providers, technology companies, consumer advocates and news reporters filed a joint letter asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider a proposal relating to the upcoming “Incentive Auction” of TV broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers. Last year, the FCC adopted a plan to provide sufficient wireless capacity in every market for wireless microphones used in news reporting and for innovative new Wi-Fi technologies.
Today, Members of Congress introduced bipartisan, bicameral spectrum legislation that seeks to expand the availability of unlicensed spectrum. Senators Marco Rubio (R- FL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Wi-Fi Innovation Act, while Representatives Robert Latta (R-OH), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), and Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced companion legislation in the House.
Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an Order vastly improving the availability of high-frequency spectrum for open use. This enhanced access to "unlicensed" spectrum will help relieve congested WiFi and provide new opportunities for innovation.