The FCC approved rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that will open up bandwidth for unlicensed wireless use. Depending upon the how much spectrum is voluntarily relinquished by broadcasters in a reverse auction and repacked for the forward auction, a total of 14 to 28 MHz of guard band spectrum should be available for unlicensed use in a given area. And FCC official said that, depending on how much spectrum is repurposed in a given market, the agency expects the guard bands to be between 7 MHz and 11 MHz wide.
WASHINGTON--The FCC adopted rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that are more favorable to Verizon Wireless and AT&T than initially contemplated. However, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Dish Network and smaller carriers are likely to claim some measure of victory because the FCC agreed to allow some spectrum to be reserved for carriers that do not control large amounts of low-band spectrum.
The FCC voted today to pass Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal for a new net neutrality framework, beginning what will be a multiple-month process.
WASHINGTON--The FCC voted to approve draft net neutrality rules that would re-examine whether to treat wireless networks differently from wired broadband networks as the commission seeks to craft new rules that would ensure consumers get equal access to all Internet content.
The Federal Communications Commission, in a three-to-two vote, is moving ahead to implement new rules that would open the way for Internet service providers to charge websites for faster and higher-quality delivery of content to consumers. The plan has all kinds of implications for how online content is delivered, how much it will cost, and which companies have deep enough pockets to compete.
Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has said that it might be necessary for Sprint and T-Mobile US to merge in order to remain viable players in the U.S. wireless market, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. That position is notable as it could represent an easing of regulatory opposition to the proposed deal, which Sprint and parent SoftBank have been floating during the past several months.
Federal regulators should refrain from adopting new location accuracy rules until indoor-positioning technology is truly ready for prime time, according to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which represents manufacturers and suppliers of communications networks.
As FCC chairman Thomas Wheeler mulls changes to net neutrality rules, representatives from all corners of the industry--from cable and telecom executives to Hollywood and Capitol Hill players--are giving him their two cents on the issue.
The FCC on Thursday will decide rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. It will also decide rules for how much spectrum wireless carriers can hold in different markets--the FCC's so-called spectrum screen. The event will be the most consequential meeting of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's term so far, and it will have a fundamental impact on the direction of the U.S. wireless industry. Right now, it looks like Wheeler is trying to placate different factions within the industry, but he could wind up with most carriers being peeved at the final results.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is reportedly revising his proposal on draft net neutrality rules to make it clear that the FCC would look at deals between content providers and ISPs to ensure broadband providers don't slow the content of companies that do not pay ISPs for faster access.