Items tagged "Spectrum Reform"

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FCC Chairman Pai Moves to Leverage 12 GHz Band to Close Digital Divide

December 29, 2020 12 GHz , 5G , Digital Divide , FCC , internet inequality , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform , Wireless , wireless broadband

Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could potentially leverage spectrum sharing technology to help close the digital divide. Adding the 12 GHz band to the agency’s “5G FAST Plan” would make an additional 500 MHz of contiguous spectrum available for two-way fixed and mobile 5G wireless broadband services, while protecting incumbent satellite uses (including satellite broadband) from harmful interference.

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House Passes the Moving Forward Act, Takes Steps Toward Closing Digital Divide

July 1, 2020 Affordable Broadband , Broadband Access , broadband infrastructure , Digital Divide , FCC , Legislation , Spectrum Policy , Spectrum Reform

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act.

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Public Knowledge Applauds Chairman Pai’s Decision to Hold a Public Auction of C-Band Spectrum

November 18, 2019 5G , FCC , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai notified lawmakers the FCC will hold a public auction of 280 megahertz of C-Band spectrum that can be used to deploy next-generation 5G wireless networks.

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Proposal for Spectrum Sharing in 1675-1680 MHz Band

May 9, 2019 Spectrum , Spectrum Reform , Spectrum Sharing

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on permitting shared use of the 1675-1680 MHz band. The band is currently allocated for federal weather tracking and monitoring purposes, and the Commission’s proposal would allow for non-federal wireless use of the band while protecting incumbent federal operations. Public Knowledge supports the Commission’s efforts to improve efficient use of spectrum resources, including sharing, in order to meet increasing consumer demand.

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Bipartisan “AIRWAVES Act” Offers Real Solutions For Rural Broadband, Wireless Future

August 1, 2017 infrastructure , Rural Access , Spectrum Auction , Spectrum Reform , Wi-Fi

Today, Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or “AIRWAVES,” Act. The bill establishes a pipeline to move federal spectrum into commercial use, ensuring significant capacity for both exclusive use (“licensed”) spectrum and shared use (“unlicensed”) spectrum.

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FCC Announces Results of Wireless Spectrum Incentive Auction

April 13, 2017 FCC , Public Airwaves , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform , Unlicensed Spectrum

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.

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Public Knowledge Files NHTSA Comments Raising Safety, Privacy Concerns with DSRC Technology

April 12, 2017 5.9GHz band , DSRC , NHTSA , Spectrum Reform

Today, Public Knowledge, Consumer Federation of America and New America’s Open Technology Institute submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on mandating Direct Short Range Communication (DSRC) service for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications.

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Public Knowledge: FCC Chairman Wheeler A Champion of Consumers and Competition

December 15, 2016 Broadband , FCC , Net Neutrality , Spectrum Reform , Video Competition

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his resignation from the agency effective January 20, 2017. In his three years at the FCC, Tom Wheeler pushed to transform every aspect of the FCC’s jurisdiction to serve the public and the public interest.

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Consumer Groups Tell FCC Wireless Car Technology Unsafe and Violates Privacy

August 24, 2016 5.9GHz band , DSRC , FCC , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

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.

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Public Knowledge Responds to Rep. DeFazio’s Letter on Dedicated Short-Range Communications

July 26, 2016 5.9GHz band , automotive , FCC , Spectrum Reform , Wi-Fi

Last week, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon), House Transportation Committee ranking member, sent a letter to both the Federal Communications Commission’s Chairman Tom Wheeler and the Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx targeting the dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) technology now being deployed in some cars.

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