Items tagged "Spectrum Licensing"
FCC Enforcement Action Reclaims Valuable Public Airwaves For AmericansJanuary 12, 2017 5G , FCC , Spectrum Licensing , Wireless
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.Read More
Public Knowledge Joins Letter to FCC to Protect Next Generation Wi-Fi for ConsumersJuly 7, 2015 Broadband , FCC , Spectrum Licensing
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.Read More
Public Knowledge Applauds Congress for Introducing Wi-Fi Innovation ActFebruary 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.Read More
Public Knowledge Supports FCC Order to Make More Unlicensed Spectrum AvailableMarch 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.Read More
Public Knowledge Hails FCC Spectrum ActionsNovember 30, 2010 Press Release , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing
The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge
“We commend the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its actions this morning on spectrum policy. Together, they show the willingness to make certain that all options are being considered, from auctions to leasing spectrum to use of unlicensed spectrum.
“The Commission’s actions will facilitate imaginative, new and innovative approaches to making more efficient use of spectrum, which will lead to increased benefits to consumers. We applaud the Commission for looking to all stakeholders and encouraging a cooperative, collaborative and creative approach to meeting our future wireless needs.”
Public Knowledge Proposes Spectrum Policy ChangesJune 3, 2010 Press Release , Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform
The Federal government should alter its spectrum-allocation policies and procedures so that both the government and the private sector can operate more efficiently, two papers presented today at a Public Knowledge-sponsored conference suggested.
The papers, by PK Legal Director Harold Feld and economist Gregory Rose, were presented at the conference, Toward a Sustainable Spectrum Policy: Rethinking Federal Spectrum.
One paper, Breaking the Logjam: Creating Sustainable Spectrum Access Through Federal Secondary Markets, suggested the government consider real-time leasing rather than simply clearing bands entirely for auction. The full version of the paper is located here.
Strickling to Keynote Public Knowledge Spectrum Reform ConferenceMay 12, 2010 Press Release , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform
Larry Strickling, director of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will deliver the keynote address at an important conference sponsored by Public Knowledge. The conference, “Toward a Sustainable Spectrum Policy: Rethinking Federal Spectrum,” will be held June 3 at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill.
Public Knowledge President and Co-founder Gigi B. Sohn said, “While everyone wants access to Federal spectrum, we need to balance that with Federal needs. Some argue we should maximize revenue with auctions, others say we should focus on making access to spectrum more affordable for competitors, new entrants, and innovators. The event will look at how new technologies and new approaches make it possible to strike a balance between these competing needs.”
The FCC is Preparing to Take Yet Another Hit at Rural America, but It’s Not Too Late to Stop ItOctober 11, 2018 CBRS , FCC , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform
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:Read More
Congress and the FCC Talk Incentive Auctions, Spectrum, and Your Wireless FutureDecember 14, 2012 Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , White Space
On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held an oversight hearing on the implementation of spectrum auctions in an effort to meet the growing demand for wireless broadband services and fund a nationwide public safety network. The five FCC Commissioners testified before the panel on the status of the auctions and their interpretations on how the auctions will free up additional spectrum and promote competition. These auctions were part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. For background on the spectrum provisions included in this legislation, read Harold Feld’s recap of the legislation from February of this year.Read More
Recently there have been a number of high-profile spectrum transactions. It is possible to describe them in a way that sounds beneficial. In the Verizon/SpectrumCO transaction, a lot of spectrum that was not being used will be sold to a company that will actually use it. In the AT&T/NextWave transaction a lot of spectrum that is not being used will be sold to a company that will actually use it. In a vacuum it is true that spectrum is better off used than not used, and as a legal matter it’s also true that the FCC is generally not allowed to consider alternate buyers when deciding whether to approve a spectrum license transfer.
But this narrow view masks a large problem–a growing “spectrum gap” between Verizon and AT&T and the rest of the wireless industry, that is hobbling competition and harming consumers.Read More