Items tagged "Spectrum Auction"

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FCC Votes to Ensure Unlicensed Use in 600 MHz Band, Still Needs to Promote Wireless Competition

August 6, 2015 Spectrum Auction , Spectrum Reform , Unlicensed Spectrum , Wireless Competition

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve an Order paving the way for the “incentive auction” of broadcast spectrum in the first quarter of 2016. The Commission’s action also establishes a clear path for unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz band. While the FCC was unable to preserve the framework agreed to in 2014 that would allow for nationwide unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz band duplex gap, it did find a solution that will likely enable unlicensed use of vacant broadcast television channels in markets where broadcasters are relocated to the duplex gap.

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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 Joins Save Wireless Choice to Promote Wireless Competition

April 27, 2015 FCC , Spectrum Auction , Spectrum Reform

Today, Public Knowledge joins the Save Wireless Choice Coalition to ensure the future of wireless competition for Americans. Partnering with other public interest groups, wireless companies, and consumer and trade organizations, Save Wireless Choice works to encourage the Federal Communications Commission to protect consumers by increasing the size of the critical spectrum reserve to 40 MHz. The coalition also urges the FCC to hold the next incentive auction in early 2016.

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The Internet of Things and the Importance of Unlicensed Spectrum

August 5, 2015 FCC , Internet of Things , Spectrum Auction , Spectrum Reform , Unlicensed Spectrum

On July 29, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on “Wireless Broadband and the Future of Spectrum Policy,” where Ranking Member Bill Nelson observed, “[t]oday, there are more wireless devices in this country than there are people.”

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DISH, the Spectrum Auction, and the Wrath of Commissioner Pai

February 3, 2015 FCC , Spectrum , Spectrum Auction , Spectrum Reform

Commissioner Ajit Pai is outraged! This in itself would not be news. Sadly, Commissioner Pai seems to spend most of his time these days outraged — usually while denouncing his Democratic colleagues on the supposed death of collegiality at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (we will pause to savor the irony). What is news is that Commissioner Pai has actually picked up an issue I’ve championed since 2006 — reform of the “designated entity” (DE) bidding credit. Unfortunately, as is too often the case IMO, Pai directs his outrage at the wrong target. Rather than seeking constructive solutions to the tension between auction theory (which favors the largest incumbents) and competition theory (which holds the need to make sure someone wins licenses other than the largest incumbents), Pai has decided to direct his wrath at DISH for finding a loophole in the auction structure stacked against them.

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