The incentive auction of prized 600 MHz spectrum still faces some major challenges, but the FCC is clearly off to a good start.
The FCC today announced it will be able to offer a whopping 126 MHz, or 10 paired blocks, of licensed spectrum on a near-nationwide basis in the forward portion of its 600 MHz incentive auction. That's a huge victory for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and it potentially creates an opening for a new wireless carrier to launch in the United States.
A divided FCC voted to move forward with reforms of so-called "special access" lines, marking a big win for T-Mobile and Sprint and perhaps forestalling price hikes as 5G networks eventually come online.
Having had a chance to review the conditions agreed to by Charter Communications in exchange for FCC approval of its Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks purchases, media investment analyst Craig Moffett has deemed them livable.
The FCC today announced an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz for the 600 MHz incentive auction, a figure that represents the maximum amount of spectrum the commission had hoped to offer.
Charter Communications is poised to gain more market share in the small to medium and larger enterprise business markets-- two segments where it is still a young player.
Pivoting course on the terse response he issued last week when Comcast announced it was integrating its set-top functionality into Samsung smart TVs and Roku streaming devices, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler offered backhanded praise for the MSO's new "Program Partners" initiative. He said the plan is exactly the kind of strategy he hopes will become ubiquitous once his "Unlock the Box" proposal becomes law.
The FCC today reaffirmed its decision to create the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band and took steps to finalize the rules for a new experimental sharing regime, making 150 MHz available for mobile broadband and other commercial uses.
Once again finding itself at odds with former cable-industry lobbyist and current FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the NCTA blasted a divided FCC vote this morning to propose new regulations for business broadband.
While the FCC's "Unlock the Box" proposal seems remarkably tailored for Google, the technology giant has one little bone to pick with the agency in comments submitted earlier this week.