Items tagged "Spectrum Reform"

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The FCC and Automakers Must Save Our Wifi

June 8, 2016 5.9GHz band , FCC , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform , Unlicensed Spectrum

Currently, the auto industry plans to use the spectrum for “Dedicated Short Range Communication” (DSRC), a device that talks to every other car with a DSRC unit (also referred to as “vehicle-2-vehicle” or “v2v” communication). According to auto companies, they can’t share the swath of spectrum given to them in the 5.9 GHz band, because it would endanger consumers. That simply is not the case.

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Public Knowledge Defends Public Interest in Next-Gen TV Comments to FCC

May 27, 2016 ATSC 3.0 , FCC , Next-Gen TV , Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

Yesterday, Public Knowledge joined the Open Technology Institute at New America and Common Cause in filing comments with the Federal Communications Commission defending the public interest in next-generation TV technologies, specifically the ATSC 3.0 digital broadcast standard. Public Knowledge encourages the FCC to maintain and strengthen the public interest obligations that local broadcasters must meet as part of their role as trustees of the public airwaves, as the agency and broadcasting industry move forward on the next generation of broadcast technology.

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FCC Adopts Innovative Spectrum Sharing Regime as Step Forward for Licensed and Unlicensed Use

April 28, 2016 FCC , Spectrum Reform

Today, the Federal Communications Commission approved an Order finalizing rules for an innovative spectrum sharing regime in the 3.5 GHz band. The Order will make 150 MHz available for commercial and unlicensed use and create an innovative spectrum sharing regime for the 3.5 GHz band.

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Senate Commerce Committee Approves Mobile Now Act to Increase Spectrum

March 3, 2016 Spectrum Reform , Unlicensed Spectrum

Today, the Senate Commerce Committee voted to approve the MOBILE NOW Act (S. 2555) with amendments for consideration by the full Senate. This bill, introduced by Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), would increase the development of next-generation 5G wireless broadband by freeing up more spectrum for both commercial licensed and unlicensed use and improving broadband infrastructure deployment.

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Public Knowledge Urges Congress to Continue Critical Spectrum Reforms

November 3, 2015 Spectrum Reform , Unlicensed Spectrum

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate and House Commerce Committees, urging them to continue work on opening more spectrum for commercial use.

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Congress Modifies Spectrum Policy in Bipartisan Budget Deal

October 27, 2015 FCC , Spectrum Auction , Spectrum Reform , Wireless Competition

Last night, Congress announced it had reached a bipartisan budget deal with the White House. The budget agreement includes changes to spectrum policy, including directing the Department of Commerce to identify 30 MHz of spectrum held by Federal agencies to be auctioned for commercial use, requiring the Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department to identify and report to Congress on 100 MHz of spectrum that can be allocated for licensed and unlicensed use, and modifying the Spectrum Relocation Fund (SRF) to permit Federal agencies to use SRF funds to study how to use their spectrum more efficiently so more airwaves can be freed up for consumers.

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Phillip Berenbroick to Testify Before House Energy and Commerce to Increase Spectrum Pipeline

October 6, 2015 FCC , Spectrum , Spectrum Auction , Spectrum Reform

Public Knowledge Government Affairs Counsel Phillip Berenbroick will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Wednesday, October 7 at 10:15 a.m. His testimony in the hearing on “Improving Federal Spectrum Systems” will support increasing the amount of spectrum available to create a robust pipeline that helps promote competition, deploy broadband, and foster innovation throughout America. He will also advocate for the importance of including unlicensed spectrum in the bands that are cleared.

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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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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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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Order to Open Spectrum to Commercial Use

April 17, 2015 FCC , Spectrum Reform

Today, the Federal Communications Commission adopted an Order setting a framework to open 150 MHz of spectrum for commercial use. Under this framework, the Department of Defense and commercial satellite operators will operate on the same frequency bands as commercial users. The FCC will make half of the spectrum available for anyone to use under rules similar to those applied to WiFi and other “unlicensed” spectrum uses. The other half will be eligible for short-term exclusive licenses.

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