The CTIA is partnering with two Los Angeles TV stations to launch a pilot project to show that the stations can share the same broadcast spectrum. The pilot is part of effort to gin up support among broadcasters to participate in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.
The start of the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions may have been pushed from this year to the middle of 2015, but the fight to define rules that might restrict the ability of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility to acquire airwaves in the auctions rages on. Last week, representatives from Sprint, T-Mobile US, U.S. Cellular, Dish Network and a wide array of associations and public interest groups met with FCC officials and urged for those restrictions.
In today's spotlight, FierceWirelessTech takes a look at reports that Google has asked the FCC for permission to conduct tests involving technology that would use the 76-77 GHz millimeter wave band, which is authorized for vehicle radars and other short-range radar applications.
Google filed a highly secretive application with the FCC for an experimental radio authority, via which the company aims to test technology in the 76-77 GHz millimeter-wave band. That spectrum is authorized for short-range radar applications, including vehicle radars.
Globalstar wants to work with proponents of opening up the 5.1 GHz band for use by high-power, outdoor Wi-Fi equipment but only if those changes do not negatively impact Globalstar's mobile satellite services (MSS) business, a company executive said.
Efforts to open up the 5.1 GHz band for use by high-power, outdoor Wi-Fi equipment has garnered widespread support, but faces staunch opposition from one company using the band: mobile satellite service (MSS) operator Globalstar. However, the cable industry contends that new research from CableLabs and experts at the University of Colorado refutes arguments Globalstar has made to keep the frequencies from being opened up.
The FCC is launching its first significant auction of wireless spectrum in six years Wednesday, with the auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block, in a sparsely populated sale in which Dish Network is the lead bidder for the airwaves.
Verizon recently announced that it signed IP VoIP interconnection terms with four new service providers, a move that rings in the next technology and regulatory showdown in the telecom industry's TDM to IP technology shift.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler vowed to press on this week to ensure that the Internet remains free and open following a federal appeals court decision that struck down key sections of the commission's net neutrality rules. What remains unclear now though is how exactly Wheeler and other commissioners at the FCC will fight back, and what legal authority they will use.
T-Mobile US is arguing that it believes the nationwide public safety broadband network known as FirstNet will have all of the funding it needs before the incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum take place in mid-2015. AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless have argued against T-Mobile's positions for the incentive auctions, especially for limits on how much spectrum they can acquire, saying that doing so will deprive FirstNet of funding via lower auction revenues.