The FCC voted to move forward with rules for the auction of AWS-3 spectrum later this fall, in what will be the most significant and sizable auction of airwaves since the 700 MHz auction in 2008. Wireless carriers have been clamoring for years for the spectrum, but many technical rules for how some spectrum will be shared with federal users still need to be worked out. And though Verizon Wireless and AT&T are likely going to be major bidders in the AWS-3 auction, smaller carriers could grab some airwaves as well.
FCC commissioners agreed to open up 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band available for use with Wi-Fi services, in a big win for Comcast and other broadband providers that have said they need more unlicensed spectrum to support advanced services.
AT&T has taken another step in advancing its TDM-to-IP transition, particularly for business and wholesale customers, by expanding its Ethernet service presence.
The CTIA and two TV stations in Los Angeles finished a pilot to test whether stations can share the same broadcast spectrum and concluded that it is technically possible. The tests were designed to show other broadcast stations that channel sharing can be an alternative for stations that want to give up their spectrum as part of next year's FCC incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast spectrum.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said he personally thought that he bankrupt LightSquared could be worth as much as $8.9 billion if it gained FCC approval for its long-planned and currently-stalled wireless network.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas--Rick Kaplan, EVP for strategic planning for the National Association of Broadcasters, said that it's too early to say whether TV broadcasters will widely support the FCC's proposed incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast spectrum. Further, Kaplan said that "one thing that concerns me is the trust factor."
Puerto Rican cable operator Choice Cable TV would like a little more time before it must deploy set-tops with CableCARD integrated security. The operator is seeking an FCC waiver to extend the Aug. 24 deadline by "at least" three years.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined his vision for how the commission will make the 3.5 GHz band open for wireless broadband use, hitting on the three-tier structure that has been at the center of debate around the band for months.
As the FCC works to finalize rules for next year's incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, the lobbyists who work for the Tier 1 wireless carriers are seeing a booming industry.
Contending that a merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable "would give too much power over broadcast and cable networks," the Writers Guild of America has asked the FCC to block any such action.