As part of its rules for the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction, the FCC outlined new rules for unlicensed activities that the agency said are "designed to allow for more robust unlicensed use and to promote spectral efficiency in the 600 MHz band." However, the agency's rules immediately drew complaints from the likes of AT&T and the National Association of Broadcasters, which generally argued the FCC's rules will create more interference in the bands.
The FCC's vote to approve final rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum drew a lukewarm response from both wireless carriers and broadcasters. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had said that no stakeholder got everything they wanted in the complex set of rules, and that was reflected in the reactions to the 3-2 vote to approve the rules and set the auction to start on March 29, 2016.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not opposed to ILECs transitioning off their TDM networks and shutting down aging copper in lieu of fiber, but he said it should be done responsibly.
Flat Wireless, a Texas-based carrier that operates as ClearTalk Wireless, filed a formal complaint against Verizon Wireless, alleging that Verizon is violating the FCC's data roaming rules.
As expected, T-Mobile US lost its year-long fight to increase the spectrum reserve from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The move is a victory for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and a significant blow to T-Mobile and smaller carriers.
The head of the FCC's office of engineering and technology is asking the wireless industry for more information on exactly how LTE operations in unlicensed spectrum will work. Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC's office of engineering and technology, took special aim at Verizon Wireless' LTE-U Forum, which has proposed a standard for the technology called LTE-U that uses Carrier Sense Adaptive Transmission (CSAT) to check for other users in unlicensed spectrum.
Windstream has accepted $175 million of Phase II Connect America Funds (CAF-II), a move that will enable it to extend broadband services to nearly 400,000 rural households across 17 states.
Dish Network Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said that the FCC's likely decision to deny $3.33 billion in bidding credits to two Dish affiliates that won airwaves in the AWS-3 spectrum auction was the largest hurdle to any deal between Dish and T-Mobile US.
Ahead of the FCC's vote Thursday on rules for the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, a group of Senate Democrats are asking FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to make sure there is enough spectrum set aside for unlicensed use.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler pointed to the 600 MHz spectrum band as a potential "wide-area 5G coverage layer" in an FCC post. He also promised investigation into higher-frequency spectrum as a means of pushing 5G forward.