Internet giant and Android creator Google said it will not bid for 600 MHz spectrum licenses in the FCC's upcoming incentive auction of TV broadcasters' spectrum. Google will join Sprint, Charter Communications and other tech heavyweights in sitting out the event.
Turning the current debate over proposed FCC set-top reform into rhetorical jujitsu, newly formed cable lobby the Future of TV Coalition claims to have an unlikely ally: the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
CTIA, the Competitive Carriers Association, US Telecom and four other tech-industry consortiums asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to sculpt the agency's upcoming privacy rules similarly to guidelines developed by the FTC.
AT&T said its executives met last week with top FCC officials over concerns that the C and D Blocks of AT&T's WCS spectrum licenses are still affected by rules designed to prevent interference with other services.
The FCC's upcoming incentive auction of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz licenses is likely to fetch only $25 billion to $35 billion in total winning bids, or roughly $1 to $2 per MHz/POP, according to J.P. Morgan. That's far below the $2.68 MHz/POP generated by the landmark AWS-3 auction that ended a year ago with almost $45 billion in total bids. It's also less than half of some analysts' estimates for the upcoming 600 MHz auction.
Amid a communications offensive currently underway by broadcasters, CBS Corp. Executive Chairman Les Moonves met with Tom Wheeler Tuesday and asked the FCC chairman not to implement any new regulation in regard to broadcast retransmission.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler continues to stump for his new set-top proposal, assuring the Washington Post that under his plan, makers of third-party devices sold at retail will have to abide by the same privacy concerns that cable and satellite set-tops do if they are to work in the pay-TV ecosystem.
Some major cable companies have expressed lukewarm interest in the FCC's upcoming incentive auction of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum, but at least one Beltway-area investment firm is planning to participate, according to The Washington Post.
Calix is anticipating that the Tier 1 and Tier 2 service providers that have accepted funds from the FCC's CAF-II program have started to see some spending activity amongst its largest customers as they begin network builds to bring broadband to rural areas of their footprints.
Now playing from behind, American Cable Association (ACA) officials met with FCC officials last week in an attempt to walk back the agency's new set-top box regulation proposal.