Spectrum

Electromagnetic frequencies used for wireless communications

What kind of spectrum do carriers want for 5G? 'All of it'

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States

What kind of spectrum is AT&T looking to as it plots it 5G strategies? “All of it,’’ according to Hank Hultquist, AT&T’s vice president of federal regulatory.

CAF II Auction Rules: FCC Explains How Proposed Auction to Fund Rural Broadband Would Work

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission officials conducted a webinar explaining how proposed Connect America Fund (CAF) II auction rules would work. The auction will award funding to help cover the cost of deploying broadband in unserved rural areas.

Auctioning America’s Wireless Future: Will 5G be Restricted to Big Mobile Carriers?

Sep 20 2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Spectrum is the fuel powering an increasingly connected digital economy. As the tech world gears up for the next generation of wireless – gigabit-fast “5G” – a debate has begun over whether the FCC should facilitate access to spectrum for a wide variety of network solutions, or adopt rules that restrict access to the current big mobile carriers.

Modernization Month at the FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Since becoming Chairman, I have consistently emphasized the need for the Commission’s regulations to match realities of the current marketplace. Our rules must reflect today’s technological and economic conditions, not those of yesterday. And at this month’s open meeting, we will advance this objective by focusing on whether to update or scrap outdated rules. That’s why we’re dubbing September Modernization Month at the FCC.

House Packs a Lot Into Repack Hearing

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

The House Communications Subcommittee drilled into the Federal Communications Commission's post-incentive auction repack plan in a hearing that touched on everything from hurricanes and tornados to tall towers, timelines and even the Sinclair/Tribune merger, which actually drew a fair share of time and attention.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly at Latin America Spectrum Management Conference

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

By most accounts, the U.S. broadcast incentive auction was a success. Does that mean it was perfect? No.

How to Free Up Government Held Spectrum in the Face of Increasing Budgetary Pressure

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Spectrum-for-cash proposal

Public policy will lay the foundation for 5G and beyond

Location:
Moscone Center, 747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

Public policy has probably never been more important for the US wireless industry as it will be over the next several years.

Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force Announces Webinar to Discuss Proposals put Forth in the Connect America Fund Phase II Auction Comment Public Notice

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

On August 4, 2017, the Commission released the Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) Auction Comment Public Notice, seeking comment on detailed proposals for conducting the Phase II reverse auction designated as Auction 903.

The Broadcast Incentive Auction: Update on Repacking Opportunities and Challenges

Sep 7 2017 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

The Federal Communications Commission is in the midst of reorganizing broadcasters into remaining TV bands following the spectrum incentive auction earlier this year. This hearing will provide members the opportunity to receive an update on the FCC’s repacking process.

House Communications Subcommittee Schedules Repack Hearing for Sept 7

Location:
House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and Internet, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States

The House Commerce Committee has switched gears and will hold a Sept. 7 hearing on the post-incentive auction repack in its Communications Subcommittee.

Public Knowledge Responds to D.C. Circuit SNR Wireless v. FCC Decision

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit remanded the SNR Wireless v. Federal Communications Commission case to the FCC.

Court Upholds FCC Nixing of Dish-Related AWS-3 Credits

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

A federal court has upheld the Federal Communications Commission's determination that Dish had de facto control over AWS-3 winning bidders SNR and Northstar.

FCC Seeks Comment on Process for Relicensing 700 MHz Spectrum in Unserved Areas

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In the 2007 700 MHz Second Report and Order, the Commission adopted rules for relicensing of 700 MHz Lower A, B, and E Block, and Upper C Block spectrum that is returned to the Commission’s inventory as a result of licensees’ failure to meet applicable construction requirements.

NAB, tech industry throw down over TV white spaces

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The TV white spaces (TVWS) debate is cranking back up again thanks to a proposal that recommends that the Federal Communications Commision set aside three 6 MHz-wide TVWS channels for unlicensed use in every market across the country.

FCC's repacking effort may far exceed 39 months: Guggenheim

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

It may take much longer for wireless carriers to deploy services on their new 600 MHz spectrum than previously thought.

NAB Voices Its Concerns With Microsoft Spectrum Proposal

Location:
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The National Association of Broadcasters is firing back at a letter from tech executives who wrote the Federal Communications Commission in support of reserving broadcast band channels, so called "white spaces," for unlicensed device use.

A spacey startup shoots for a comeback

Location:
LightSquared, 10802 Parkridge Boulevard, Reston, VA, 20191, United States

A startup that wants to build a mobile data network to fuel the Internet of Things is trying to convince regulators to let it use crucial airwaves

FCC needs to open airwaves so rural, tribal Americans have broadband access

Location:
Mimosa Networks, 469 El Camino Real , Santa Clara, CA, 95050, United States

A new Broadband Access Coalition of internet service providers has joined forces with consumer, schools and health care advocacy groups to petition the Federal Communications Commission to open up the airwaves for spectrum best suited to a new, superfast broadband service for the whole of America.

The Future of Broadband in Underserved Areas

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

At a recent panel convened by the Wireless Future Project at New America, Ellen Satterwhite, of the American Library Association, noted that 40 percent of libraries cannot meet the minimum speed requirements set by the FCC.

FCC OKs More Forward Auction Spectrum Applications

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission has accepted another batch of applications from winning bidders in the forward portion of the broadcast incentive auction.

MOBILE NOW Act

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

The Senate approval by unanimous consent of the MOBILE NOW Act (S. 19), a bill they introduced to boost the development of next-generation gigabit wireless broadband services, including 5G, by ensuring more spectrum is made available for commercial use and by reducing the red tape associated with building broadband networks.

Dish 'confident' its IoT strategy can meet FCC's build-out requirements

Location:
Dish Network, 9601 South Meridian Boulevard, Englewood, CO, 80112, United States

Dish Network believes that its plan to launch a narrowband Internet of Things (IoT) network will enable it to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s build-out requirements for its spectrum, according to Jefferies Equity Research Americas.

Senate Passes Six Technology and Telecommunications Bills

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

On August 3, the passed the following technology and telecommunications bills ...

FCC Reforms License Renewal Rules for Wireless Spectrum

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission took steps to streamline and harmonize its license renewal and service continuity rules to ensure that Wireless Radio Services (WRS) ...

FCC Opens Inquiry Into New Opportunities in Mid-Band Spectrum

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission launched a new inquiry seeking comment on ways to expand opportunities for next-generation services – particularly wireless broadband services – in mid-band spectrum. The NOI seeks comment on three specific mid-range bands (3.7-4.2 GHz, 5.925-6.425 GHz, and 6.425-7.125 GHz), and asks commenters to identify other non-federal mid-band frequencies that may be suitable for expanded flexible use.

Key Stakeholders Support AIRWAVES Bill — for Different Reasons

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Often sparring partners, the wireless industry and public interest advocates both came out in support of the AIRWAVES Act — but with very different hopes for where the legislation would lead.

FirstNet, broadband network to enable police and fire responders to talk to each other, ready to launch

Location:
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

Many police officers, firefighters and paramedics carry their own smartphones to do the things their department-issued equipment can’t. But now, 16 years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, exposed the inability of American first responders to talk to each other, a nationwide cellular network called “FirstNet” is launching to give public safety employees the ability to send data, video and text to each other.

Commissioner O'Rielly Remarks Before the CBRS Alliance

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

At our meeting on Aug 3, the Commission will vote on a mid-band spectrum Notice of Inquiry. While it provides a great opportunity to point out any frequencies, between 3.7 and 24 GHz, that you think may facilitate wireless broadband services, the main focus is the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz band.

Sens Gardner, Hassan Introduce AIRWAVES Act

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Sens Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, which will encourage the federal government to continue to free up spectrum for commercial licensed and unlicensed use and leverage the success of spectrum auctions to help close the urban-rural divide.

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