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Hill Dems back T-Mobile case for bigger spectrum reserve

June 18, 2015 10:30 am

A group of Democrats in the House and Senate are pressing Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler to change the rules for the spectrum auction to give smaller wireless carriers a better chance at picking up the coveted broadcast spectrum. The letters, sent to Wheeler Wednesday, came [...]

FCC to vote on broadcast incentive auction rules July 16

June 17, 2015 5:51 pm

The Federal Communications Commission is closing in on the key details for the rules that will govern the broadcast incentive auction and is planning to issue a procedural public notice in time for a vote at the commission’s monthly July 16 meeting. Commission staff briefed commissioners’ [...]

Incentive auction could net government $49 billion to reduce debt

June 15, 2015 5:31 pm

The broadcast incentive auction of prime wireless spectrum, planned for early 2016, could net the government nearly $49 billion, according to a study conducted by auction expert Peter Cramton for the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition (EOBC). The coalition of nearly 100 TV [...]

AT&T and Verizon are the boogeymen in new spectrum campaign

June 15, 2015 1:06 pm

When it comes to winning a Washington policy fight, it’s always good to have a boogeyman, especially if you want consumers to flood regulators with comments supporting your side.  In the case of net neutrality, the boogeyman was Comcast and other reviled ISPs. For the Comcast bid t0 [...]

Court decision means full speed ahead on incentive auction

June 15, 2015 9:41 am

Tom Wheeler’s legacy as the Federal Communications Commission chairman who transformed national spectrum policy is one step closer to reality after a federal court rendered a decision that will allow the FCC to go full speed ahead. The D.C. court of appeals Friday denied broadcasters petitions [...]

Wireless demand to fuel spectrum feeding frenzy

May 27, 2015 8:01 am

The broadcast incentive auction can’t come soon enough, if Cisco’s annual forecast of U.S. and global internet traffic, comes to pass. From 2014 through 2019, all Cisco’s arrows are pointing up—way up—for the number of U.S. internet users, the mobile devices they carry or use, and the [...]

Charter to FCC: Set aside more spectrum for smaller players in auction

May 26, 2015 5:20 pm

Charter Communications not only has big plans for cable and broadband, it may also have big plans for wireless. The acquisitive cable firm is taking a big interest in the upcoming broadcast incentive auction. And while Charter doesn’t say specifically the company intends to be a bidder, [...]
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