Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the closing results of the broadcast incentive auction. This first-in-the-world incentive auction allowed telecommunications providers to bid on spectrum licenses owned by broadcasters. Broadcasters voluntarily participated to relinquish airwaves for mobile use in exchange for a portion of the winning bids.
Yesterday, Public Knowledge and New America’s Open Technology Institute filed an Opposition to Petitions for Reconsideration of the Federal Communications Commission’s 5G Spectrum Frontiers Order adopted in 2016.
Today, Public Knowledge and six consumer groups filed comments telling the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the wireless technology the auto industry will begin to deploy next month makes automobiles more vulnerable to cyberattacks, violates consumer privacy, and commercializes spectrum intended for public safety. In addition, Public Knowledge and 18 consumer groups filed a letter generally supporting the need for a non-commercial condition, and adequate privacy and cybersecurity protections.
We're back from our summer break! Dallas Harris returns to the podcast to discuss plans by the auto industry plans to use spectrum for Dedicated Short Range Communication between cars, what this means for public safety, and what we expect from the FCC.