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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.

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.

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'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.

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.

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.

Echoing Microsoft, House Coalition Asks FCC for Three TV White Space Channels to Target Rural Broadband

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

A bi-partisan coalition of 43 Congressional Reps is asking the Federal Communications Commission to reserve at least three TV white space channels in the 600 MHz band to support rural broadband deployments.

Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act Annual Progress Report for 2016

Location:
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

This report provides details on two separate spectrum auctions conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that included: 1) the 1710 to 1755 megahertz (MHz) band, and 2) the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz bands. This report covers the period from January through December 2016.

FCC To Hold Open Commission Meeting Thursday, August 3, 2017

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

The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on Thursday, August 3, 2017 for the subjects listed below:

Bill Introduced to Boost TV Station Repack Fund

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

Sen Jerry Moran (R-KS) joined by a bipartisan quintet of fellow senators have introduced a bill to provide additional funds if the $1.75 post-incentive auction TV station repack fund is not sufficient.

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Net Neutrality Headlines FCC Oversight and Reauthorization Hearing

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States

The House Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee held a hearing on July 25, 2017. Lawmakers came to talk Federal Communications Commission oversight; they came to talk FCC oversight; but as with most telecommunications policy discussions these days, network neutrality grabbed the headlines.

FCC Announces It Is Ready to Pay Reverse Auction Winning Bids

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

By this Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus of the Federal Communications Commission identify each station ...

Rep Pallone Proposes $1B Boost to Auction Repack Fund

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

House Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ)—who has long pushed Congress to hold viewers harmless in the post-incentive auction repack—has introduced a bill to make sure the moving expenses of TV stations (and affected FM stations and pay-TV providers) are covered, given the initial broadcaster estimates of $2.1 billion in expenses and Congress' set-aside of only $1.75 billion.

What’s Next for TV Stations Repacked as a Result of the Incentive Auction?

Location:
Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, 1800 M Street NW Suite 800N, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

As the repacking of the TV band proceeds after the Incentive Auction, the Federal Communications Commission has issued some guidance as to what comes next for TV stations.

FCC Announces Preliminary Reimbursable Cost Estimate for the Post-Auction Broadcast Transition

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

This week, TV stations and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) eligible for reimbursement of costs associated with new channel assignments resulting from the incentive auction submitted their initial cost estimates.

Entering the Construction Phase of the Post-Incentive Auction Transition

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

July 12 marks another milestone in the incentive auction transition – the deadline for TV stations that have been assigned a new channel to file for construction permits for their new facilities and to submit their estimated eligible costs for relocation.

A Mid-Band Spectrum Win in the Making

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

Anyone who has spent half a minute working on wireless communications issues knows that America’s wireless providers need additional spectrum to expand existing network capacity and/or deploy new technologies (e.g., 5G). Such constraints apply to both licensed and unlicensed spectrum users.

5G networks: Will technology and policy collide?

Location:
USA, United States

Despite being still under development, it is envisaged that 5G networks will provide a ‘fibre-like’ experience to mobile users. As such, they are expected to accommodate services with very different requirements in terms of latency, bandwidth and reliability, among others, for the vertical sectors. However, the European Union has just approved the Telecommunications Single Market Regulation, which enshrines the network neutrality principle and guarantees that ‘all traffic through the Internet is treated equally’.

Mechanisms to incentivise shared-use of spectrum

Location:
USA, United States

A key concern with the Licensed-shared access (LSA) approach currently being developed by European regulators is that leaving incumbents and secondary users to agree to bilateral arrangements may be insufficient to incentivise an optimal level of sharing.

T-Mobile Joins With Public TV In Repack

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States

PBS, in coordination with America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), announced an agreement with T-Mobile to deliver universal service of both broadcast and wireless service to millions of Americans living in rural areas.

Statement Of FCC Chairman Pai On T-Mobile's Agreement With Public Television Stations To Assist With Translator Repacking

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

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement after PBS and America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) announced an agreement with T-Mobile whereby T-Mobile will provide financial assistance during the post-incentive auction repack to translator stations that extend public television signals into hard-to-reach rural areas.

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