Items tagged "Spectrum Licensing"

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The FCC is Preparing to Take Yet Another Hit at Rural America, but It’s Not Too Late to Stop It

October 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:

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Congress and the FCC Talk Incentive Auctions, Spectrum, and Your Wireless Future

December 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.

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The Spectrum Gap Keeps Growing

August 17, 2012 Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform

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.

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PK In The Know Podcast: Spectrum and Future of Video

July 27, 2012 Future of Video , Spectrum Licensing

On today’s podcast we discuss spectrum policy and the future of TV.

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The PCAST Report And The Inconvenient Truth About Federal Spectrum.

July 24, 2012 Spectrum Licensing , Spectrum Reform , White Space , Wi-Fi , Wireless

We have all kinds of reality-challenged folks in Washington. We got those who believe that we need to go back to the gold-standard and abolish the Federal Reserve. We got those who think vaccinations cause learning autism. To this we can now add “the folks who think we can keep finding federal spectrum to auction forever.”

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CTIA’s Beta Tests App For Responding to Policy Issues On Our Bandwidth Caps White Paper.

April 23, 2012 Mobile Innovation , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Wireless , Wireline

Every now and then, somebody responds to something we did or said with such an inappropriate bullet point that we can only laugh. These often read like someone tried to use some application for picking key words and matching to bullet points, but the App is clearly still in Beta.

The response of CTIA-The Wireless Association to our White Paper on Usage Based Pricing, aka bandwidth caps, surpases even these usual whacko responses. It ought to win some kind of prize. Perhaps the “Please Check your Magic Eight Ball Again” Award, given for a response that not only demonstrates that you failed to look at the executive summary and conclusion, but actually confuses people who did.

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Verizon/SpectrumCo: What a Tangled Web It’s Weaved

March 26, 2012 Spectrum Licensing , VerizonSpectrumCo

Today, Public Knowledge and some of our friends filed reply comments to Verizon Wireless and the cable companies’ opposition to our petition to deny the proposed spectrum transfer and its accompanying agreements.  While we believe the transactions will harm competition and consumer choice, what has emerged from the debate is how the agency, resale, and joint operating entity (JOE) agreements fit into the spectrum transfer. 

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Public Knowledge Commends FCC On Pro-Consumer Actions

March 21, 2012 Press Release , Spectrum Licensing

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at its meeting today adopted two notices of proposed rulemaking.  One would require carriers to make certain their devices operating in the 700 MHz band could be used on each other’s network.  The other would open up spectrum for Dish Network to offer a terrestrial service.

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

“We are pleased the FCC has started down the path to help consumers by furthering competition. Consumers should be able to use expensive smartphones operating on the newest, fastest, spectrum bands on any carrier’s service, and not have to buy another phone if they change companies.

“In addition, the Commission is encouraging broadband competition by opening up terrestrial satellite spectrum for another potential competitor to help consumers.”

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What Are Comcast and Verizon Hiding?

March 6, 2012 Comcast , Spectrum , Spectrum Licensing , Verizon , VerizonSpectrumCo

In this latest installment of 5 minutes with Harold Feld, Harold gives some background as to why secret cross-marketing arrangements between Comcast and Verizon should be of concern to the FCC and the public at large.

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One part of the anticompetitive Verizon/cable transactions that has received less attention is the companies’ plans to create a Joint Operating Entity (JOE) to allow them to collaboratively develop new technologies “that will integrate wired video, voice and high-speed Internet with wireless technologies” for a seamless user experience.  While we’re all for “developing new technologies,” recent experiences have shown us how technology licensing can be used as an anti-competitive weapon.

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