Some industry analysts have speculated that it may take several years before carriers can begin to deploy services on the 600 MHz airwaves that the FCC will put up for auction in the coming weeks. But T-Mobile executives think they may be able to begin to leverage that spectrum as early as 2017.
A group of Democratic lawmakers, including Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) issued a letter encouraging their colleagues to support the FCC's plan to allow pay-TV customers to purchase their own third-party set-tops instead of renting device.
BOSTON-- Watching the cable industry, led by its chief lobbyist and sympathetic Republican FCC commissioners, wail about what they're calling the "relentless government assault" on their business at INTX this week, I was reminded of the unwitting driver who asks the small-town sheriff why he was just pulled over.
As expected, Google and Federated Wireless threw their hats into the FCC's Spectrum Access System (SAS) ring, joining several other entities in the aim to provide spectrum sharing capabilities for the 3.5 GHz band.
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Congressman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) have issued a joint letter urging their colleagues to support the FCC's plan to allow pay-TV customers to purchase their own third-party set-tops instead of renting while blasting the "aggressive campaign that has spread misinformation" since the original proposal.
Bidding for the FCC's reverse auction of 600 MHz airwaves is slated to start May 31, kicking off what Chairman Tom Wheeler has predicted will be a "spectrum extravaganza." But Wells Fargo Securities analysts are questioning just how valuable carriers view that low-band spectrum.
CenturyLink is concerned that the FCC's new two-day reporting period requirement for simplex events on its next-gen services like VoIP and other advanced services is too short.
BOSTON-- Dismissing their FCC Commission colleagues' claim that the current "Unlock the Box" set-top debate represents a healthy exchange of ideas, Republican Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly described the discussion as a sham with an outcome already pre-determined by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
BOSTON-- NCTA Chairman Michael Powell, in the opening keynote here, lauded the cable industry's shift into "high gear" in terms of innovation and change during a "transformative period," but held fast to his view that Washington regulators are stifling that progress through dramatic policy changes.
CTIA said it wants to be a database administrator for the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band, despite the association's concerns about how the FCC's new rules around the band might interfere with licensed operations in nearby bands.