Items tagged "Unlicensed Spectrum"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes FCC Action to Boost Rural Broadband Spectrum

October 27, 2020 Digital Divide , FCC , Rural Broadband , Rural Broadband Access , tv white spaces , TVWS , Unlicensed Spectrum , Wireless

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Report and Order to help close the digital divide by allowing devices that use unlicensed spectrum to provide better broadband coverage in rural and unserved areas.

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Public Knowledge Applauds FCC Chairman Pai for Action on 5.9 Ghz Band

November 20, 2019 5.9GHz band , 5G , FCC , Spectrum , Spectrum Sharing , Unlicensed Spectrum , WiFi

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai announced that the agency would vote on a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to make 40 MHz of the 5.9 gigahertz band available for unlicensed use. Public Knowledge supports the Commission’s proposal and looks forward to working with the FCC to make this plan a reality.

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Public Knowledge Applauds NPRM to Allow Unlicensed Use of 6 GHz Spectrum

October 23, 2018 5G , 6 GHz , FCC , Spectrum , Unlicensed Spectrum

Today, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to promote the unlicensed use of the 6 GHz Band (5925-7125 MHz). Public Knowledge supports the Commission’s proposal and looks forward to working with the FCC to make this plan a reality.

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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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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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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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FCC Takes Important Step to Stop Wi-Fi Jamming

November 2, 2015 FCC , Unlicensed Spectrum , Wi-Fi

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to issue a proposed fine of $718,000 against M.C. Dean, Inc. for deliberately blocking visitors to the Baltimore Convention Center from using their own Wi-Fi hotspots.

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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 Celebrates World Wi-Fi Day

June 20, 2017 DSRC , Spectrum Reform , Spectrum Sharing , Unlicensed Spectrum , WiFi

Today Public Knowledge celebrates the first World Wi-Fi Day and the pioneering spectrum management policies that make this technology possible. World Wi-Fi Day is an international initiative organized by the Wireless Broadband Alliance under the leadership of the Connected City Advisory Board to help bridge the digital divide by using Wi-Fi technology to connect the unconnected. The day serves as a reminder that an estimated four billion people worldwide currently don’t have access to the internet and the benefits that connectivity can provide. These include not only economic benefits but the educational, employment, and social opportunities that connection can bring to individuals around the world.

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