The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) is seeking additional input on band plans for the upcoming 600 MHz auction, but an FCC commissioner indicated the unexpected notice threatens agency plans to hold the auction in 2014.
The FCC unanimously opened for public comment a proposed rulemaking that could result in the auction of 500 MHz of spectrum for a high-speed air-to-ground (ATG) broadband service championed by Qualcomm. However, the spectrum would be shared with incumbent users, including fixed satellite services and certain U.S. government agencies.
The FCC is planning a number of auctions during the next two or three years that could free up as much as 200 MHz of spectrum. The TV broadcast spectrum incentive auctions have received the most attention during the past few years, but there are several other auctions on deck as well.
Mobile broadband providers could gain access to more TV broadcast spectrum under a developing Senate bill that would essentially punish any broadcaster that moves certain programming from over-the-air availability to cable by requiring the FCC to auction that broadcaster's spectrum.
The board of the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) approved the creation of a special review committee to investigate whether the board has complied with federal rules that apply to its hiring, sourcing and meeting practices in its efforts to set up the LTE-based National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).
To see a disheartening example of what can happen when a government regulator tries to increase wireless competition by keeping spectrum from a nation's dominant operators, shoot a quick glance at the Great White North.
Reduced auction revenues, a funding shortfall for FirstNet, an increased spectrum deficit and higher consumer wireless bills would be some of the ramifications of placing bidding restrictions on AT&T and Verizon Wireless in upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction, according to new research.
The FCC green-lighted LightSquared's request for permission to test the feasibility of sharing 5 MHz of spectrum in the 1675-1680 MHz band, which is controlled by federal agencies, according to a report.
NEP Wireless, a subsidiary of North-East Pennsylvania Telephone, is the first a carrier approved for a disbursement from the FCC's Mobility Fund and intends to deploy LTE by April 2016.
Verizon Wireless executive Bill D'Agostino Jr. is now the general manager of The First Responder Network Authority, but his introduction was overshadowed by salvos launched by one of FirstNet's own board members regarding the authority's lack of transparency.