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Playing a game of chicken in the biggest spectrum auction in history

August 7, 2015 5:55 am

The broadcast incentive auction has been widely described as a “once-in-a-life-time opportunity” for wireless providers. So why did the chief executives of Verizon, Sprint, and Dish use their recent second quarter conference calls to talk down the  possibility of bidding on the [...]

House commerce leaders slam FCC auction rules

August 6, 2015 5:59 pm

Add House commerce committee leaders to the growing list of disappointed GOP commissioners, industries and groups that find the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auction procedures, adopted Thursday in a party-line vote, well short of the mark. “Three years ago, Congress [...]

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 [...]
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