Items tagged "Spectrum"

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FCC Chairman Wheeler Postpones FCC Spectrum Order Until August 6

July 15, 2015 FCC , Spectrum , Spectrum Auction

Today, the Federal Communications Commission’s Chairman Wheeler confirmed in a letter to Senators Upton and Walden a delay of the order establishing procedures for the next spectrum incentive auction as well as the order on mobile spectrum holdings. Both orders are now scheduled for the FCC’s August 6 Open Meeting.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Congress for Introducing Wi-Fi Innovation Act

February 10, 2015 FCC , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing

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.

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$44 Billion Spectrum Auction Accentuates Position of Dominant Carriers

January 30, 2015 FCC , Spectrum

Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the spectrum auction results for the wireless industry, securing $44 billion dollars for the agency. Although the amount may be significant, Public Knowledge recommends focusing on the key questions the results raise, including whether or not the auctions provide a pathway for new competitiors.

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Public Knowledge Statement on Wi-Fi Innovation Act

June 20, 2014 Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

The following can be attributed to Harold Feld, Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge: “The Booker-Rubio legislation provides a great example of how bipartisan leadership on spectrum issues can work. If passed, the bill would resolve an ugly traffic jam between the FCC and the Department of Transportation (DoT) that is needlessly delaying the next […]

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Public Knowledge Supports Reserve Spectrum Concept

May 15, 2014 Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

The following can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge: “The Commission has set an important precedent today. By taking the steps to make sure that competitive carriers have access to some of the spectrum that is going to be cleared in the upcoming broadcast incentive auction, it has recognized that […]

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FCC Adopts Balanced Spectrum Plan by Promoting Unlicensed Spectrum

May 15, 2014 Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a plan for the upcoming “Incentive Auction” of television spectrum, under which broadcasters willing to give up some or all of their spectrum rights for auction will receive a portion of the auction proceeds. The incentive auction includes something called a “band plan,” that has implications for the unlicensed use of spectrum

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Public Interest Spectrum Coalition Sends Letter to Support Competition in Incentive Auction

May 8, 2014 PISC , Spectrum

Today, the Public interest Spectrum Coalition (PISC) submitted a letter supporting the FCC’s plan to ensure that competitive carriers can bid on spectrum in the upcoming Incentive Auction. The letter was signed by the following organizations:

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Public Knowledge Supports FCC Order to Make More Unlicensed Spectrum Available

March 31, 2014 Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , White Spaces

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.

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Public Knowledge Pleased With FCC Decision on Qualcomm Deal With AT&T

August 9, 2011 AT&T , Press Release , Spectrum

The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last night halted its evaluation of AT&T’s $1.9 billion spectrum purchase from Qualcomm.  Bureau Chief Rick Kaplan said in a letter to the companies that deal would be considered “in a coordinated manner” with AT&T’s $39 billion application to takeover competitor T-Mobile.

The FCC letter is here.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“We are pleased that the Commission has decided to consider AT&T’s purchase of Qualcomm spectrum in the context of AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile.  It doesn’t matter whether both transactions are in the same docket; the fact that the Bureau will consider them together in any manner is a strong statement.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC’s Signal Booster Proposals

April 6, 2011 Press Release , Spectrum

Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to guide installation and purchase of cellular signal boosters for home use.  The NPRM is here.

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director for Public Knowledge:

“We applaud the Commission for moving forward on a consumer-friendly issue that will also help to improve the deployment of broadband.  Signal boosters in the home, when designed to avoid interference, will contribute to improving wireless coverage.  Consumers should have the right to purchase a signal booster of their choice, without being tethered to any particular service.  The rules on which the Commission finally agrees will go a long way to making certain consumers can take the full advantage of broadband services.

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