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FCC doesn’t budge: votes 3-2 on incentive auction procedures [updated]

August 6, 2015 12:48 pm

The Federal Communications Commission ceded no ground to anyone with its vote on incentive auction procedures, the agency’s detailed blueprint for how it will run the auction. Despite mounting opposition by broadcasters, the wireless industry and advocates for users of unlicensed spectrum [...]

FCC votes to keep spectrum reserve at 30 MHz

August 6, 2015 10:30 am

Much to the dismay of T-Mobile, Sprint and other smaller cable companies trying to compete with AT&T and Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday night to keep the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers during the incentive auction at 30 MHz. FCC chairman Tom [...]

FCC decision on auction discounts may derail Dish’s plans to compete

August 5, 2015 1:47 pm

In his heart, Dish chairman, president and CEO Charlie Ergen wants to take on AT&T and Verizon. But those dreams may be over, now that the Federal Communications Commission is likely to disallow $3.3 billion in auction discounts claimed by two companies that Dish backed with cash in the [...]

Walden to Wheeler: Don’t favor unlicensed users over LPTV

August 4, 2015 5:49 pm

The Federal Communications Commission should not sacrifice low power TV and translators in order to provide more unlicensed spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction. That was the message delivered in a letter Tuesday to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler from House communications and technology [...]

Senate Dems urge “extreme caution” on duplex gap

August 4, 2015 3:18 pm

A group of five Democratic Senators warned Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler that putting TV broadcasters in the duplex gap could inhibit live, local news, emergency communications and space for unlicensed uses. The FCC is set to vote Thursday on spectrum auction procedures [...]

Sprint on incentive auction: Show us the rules first

August 4, 2015 10:07 am

Sprint is still not ready to commit to bidding in the broadcast incentive auction, even though it has been one of several smaller carriers pushing the Federal Communications Commission for a larger spectrum reserve. The auction, planned tentatively for March 29, will be the last opportunity for [...]

Oral arguments in net neutrality case set for December 4

August 4, 2015 7:12 am

Mark your calendar. As promised, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has put the high-profile net neutrality court case on the fast track and will hear oral arguments on December 4. A decision could come as as early as spring of next year, about a year after the rules went into effect on June 12, [...]
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