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Don’t place bets on a bigger spectrum reserve for smaller carriers

July 16, 2015 3:07 pm

The chances of the Federal Communications Commission voting to increase the amount of spectrum set aside in the incentive auction for bidding by smaller and rural wireless companies, are slim to none. The report and order addressing the item originally scheduled for a vote Thursday was postponed, [...]

Wheeler defends option to repack TV stations in the duplex gap

July 16, 2015 12:59 pm

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler during Thursday’s press conference, defended the commission’s proposal to repack some television stations into the duplex gap, the space between uplink and downlink frequencies in the mobile wireless spectrum. If the FCC doesn’t have the option, Wheeler [...]

FCC partisan split on designated entity rule reforms

July 16, 2015 11:45 am

The Federal Communications Commission split along party lines once again, voting 3-2 on reforms aimed at helping small businesses and rural wireless providers competitively bid for airwaves at agency-led spectrum auctions. The reforms might as well have been called the Dish reforms. The FCC came [...]

Lawmakers and broadcasters to FCC: Avoid putting TV stations in duplex gap

July 15, 2015 5:19 pm

A diverse group of broadcasters and a bipartisan group of lawmakers asked Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler to think twice before repacking broadcasters in the so-called duplex gap because it would inhibit live news reporting and deprive consumers of next generation services. [...]

FCC postpones two incentive auction items from July agenda [updated]

July 15, 2015 2:57 pm

The Federal Communications Commission’s Thursday meeting on various broadcast incentive auction procedures and rules just got a lot shorter. Chairman Tom Wheeler decided Wednesday afternoon to pull two of three items from the agenda, the auction procedures item and the item on mobile spectrum [...]

Sources: FCC might postpone incentive auction item

July 15, 2015 12:24 pm

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler might be forced to pull the incentive auction procedures item from Thursday’s agenda because he doesn’t have the requisite three votes. The item came under attack from House commerce leaders and broadcasters when the FCC released [...]

GOP lawmakers urge FCC to delay incentive auction vote

July 14, 2015 6:25 pm

House energy and commerce leadership is urging Federal Communications chairman Tom Wheeler to postpone Thursday’s scheduled vote on the incentive auction procedures after the agency released last-minute data. The FCC is scheduled to vote on three major incentive auction items Thursday, but last [...]
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