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Senate, House commerce take a hard look at wireless broadband policies

July 23, 2015 10:59 am

Both the House and Senate commerce committees are scrutinizing spectrum and broadband policies and their impact on the nation’s wireless broadband infrastructure. Senate commerce chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) confirmed Thursday that the committee would kick-off a series of hearings on [...]

Dish slams FCC draft order to deny auction credits

July 22, 2015 5:57 pm

Dish isn’t happy with the Federal Communications Commission draft order that would deny auction credits to the two designated entity companies in which Dish had a financial interest. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler circulated an order last week that would reject $3.3 billion in discounts requested [...]

CTIA to Feds: Spectrum pipeline needs to be refilled

July 20, 2015 12:44 pm

The broadcast incentive auction hasn’t even been held yet, but the wireless industry is worried that there will be no new spectrum in the pipeline after the final gavel falls. CTIA-The Wireless Industry association predicts there will be a  78 fold increase in wireless data demand by [...]

Breaker, breaker: FCC to create a citizens broadband service.

March 27, 2015 3:54 pm

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler shared with his commissioners Friday afternoon a draft order to create a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The service would unleash the 3.5 GHz band, a portion of the government spectrum that is speedy, but can’t travel long distances. Through new technology, [...]

FCC optimistic about broadcaster participation in spectrum auction

March 26, 2015 4:35 pm

Congress held its sixth hearing in two weeks with the FCC.  But this time, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler got a break, and Congress gave net neutrality a rest. Instead Congress  focused on the next major FCC project: the world’s most complex auction of wireless spectrum. FCC officials sought to [...]

Money talks: Bill would pay federal agencies to give up spectrum

March 26, 2015 2:09 pm

Wireless companies need more spectrum and federal agencies are sitting on a lot of it. To shake some loose, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and the Senate re-introduced a bill that would pay government agencies to give it up. The Federal Spectrum Incentive Act re-introduced Thursday, [...]

Broadcasters sweat spectrum auction costs ahead of Thursday hearing

March 25, 2015 9:04 am

TV stations could be stuck with a big moving bill when the FCC rearranges the TV dial following the broadcast incentive auction of wireless spectrum planned for first quarter 2016. Congress set aside $1.75 billion in the law to help stations pay for the cost of moving from one frequency to another. [...]
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