Items tagged "Spectrum Reform"

Press Release

FCC Votes 5-0 to Start Rulemaking On Next Generation Wireless Services and Wireless Microphones

September 30, 2014 FCC , Spectrum Reform , White Spaces

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to approve a further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) to expand the availability for open shared spectrum on unused broadcast channels, called TV white spaces (TVWS), in conjunction with the upcoming “incentive auction” of broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers.

Read More
Press Release

Public Knowledge Statement on Wi-Fi Innovation Act

June 20, 2014 Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

The following can be attributed to Harold Feld, Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge: “The Booker-Rubio legislation provides a great example of how bipartisan leadership on spectrum issues can work. If passed, the bill would resolve an ugly traffic jam between the FCC and the Department of Transportation (DoT) that is needlessly delaying the next […]

Read More
Press Release

Public Knowledge Supports Reserve Spectrum Concept

May 15, 2014 Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

The following can be attributed to John Bergmayer, Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge: “The Commission has set an important precedent today. By taking the steps to make sure that competitive carriers have access to some of the spectrum that is going to be cleared in the upcoming broadcast incentive auction, it has recognized that […]

Read More
Press Release

FCC Adopts Balanced Spectrum Plan by Promoting Unlicensed Spectrum

May 15, 2014 Spectrum , Spectrum Reform

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a plan for the upcoming “Incentive Auction” of television spectrum, under which broadcasters willing to give up some or all of their spectrum rights for auction will receive a portion of the auction proceeds. The incentive auction includes something called a “band plan,” that has implications for the unlicensed use of spectrum

Read More
Press Release

Public Knowledge Praises Snowe-Kerry Spectrum Bill

July 19, 2010 Press Release , Spectrum Reform

Earlier today, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) introduced the Spectrum Measurement and Policy Reform Act.  You can read the bill text here.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“We congratulate Senator Snowe and Chairman Kerry on introducing a much-needed piece of legislation which recognizes the vital role of wireless technologies in our national economy.

“The bill would help the government figure out what spectrum is being used by whom, require more flexible use of spectrum through sharing and reuse and give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) much-needed authority to free up private and public sector spectrum by sharing auction proceeds with the current holders of spectrum.

Read More
Press Release

Public Knowledge Proposes Spectrum Policy Changes

June 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.

Read More
Press Release

Strickling to Keynote Public Knowledge Spectrum Reform Conference

June 1, 2010 Press Release , 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 conference so far has 175 registered attendees.

Read More
Press Release

Strickling to Keynote Public Knowledge Spectrum Reform Conference

May 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.”

Read More
Press Release

Public Knowledge Pleased With House Panel Spectrum Action

January 25, 2010 Press Release , Spectrum Reform

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

“The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet today took two very significant actions to make new wireless capacity available for consumer need. At a time when mobile access to the Internet is exploding, these are important pro-active steps to averting a future crisis. The Subcommittee approved two bills that will help to bring some order to determining how wireless services will be provided.

“One bill, HR 3125, requires the government to find out which bands of spectrum are being used, for what purposes, and by federal agencies and private sector companies. This is an essential first step to going forward on a rational policy of improving wireless access for future needs.

Read More
Press Release

Public Knowledge Finds Verizon Roaming Gesture Inadequate

July 23, 2009 Press Release , Spectrum Reform , Wireless

Background: Verizon yesterday sent a letter to House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and others proposing new conditions for offering roaming connectivity to other carriers.

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

“We would hope that the days are over when Congress and the FCC preferred begging companies to behave rather than actually protecting consumers and competitors. We need rules of the road that encourage competition and make sure consumers get the service they deserve on all providers — not corporate charity that disappears when regulators are no longer looking. Anyone who responds to this by saying, 'Let’s give the market another chance' needs a serious reality check.

“This is yet another attempt for Verizon to use its version of corporate charity to influence policymakers at a time when substantive, legally binding rules are what is required for fairness.

Read More