Archive for the 'FCC Actions' Category

FCC Floats 600 MHz Auction Rules

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

The FCC may reserve up to a third of licenses sold in a TV airwaves auction next year for smaller wireless carriers – if a minimum revenue threshold is met – according to Re/Code. The 600 MHz plan allows all wireless carriers to bid for airwaves in an effort to drive up revenues from the […]

Comcast: WiFi in Merger Mix with TWC

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 8th, 2014

Comcast confirmed that it’s weighing plans to create a nationwide WiFi network using its routers. Comcast filed its 180-page merger plan with the FCC detailing their proposed $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner merger. Comcast is the largest cable operator in the nation and Time Warner Cable is the second largest. On Tuesday, David Cohen, Executive VP […]

FCC Sets AWS-3 Auction Rules

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 31st, 2014

The FCC voted today on rules for the AWS-3 spectrum auction later this fall. The Report and Order sets flexible-use regulatory, licensing, and technical rules for 65 megahertz of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, which includes the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands. The FCC adopted rules to allocate and license the 1695-1710 […]

FCC Authorizes High Power at 5.15 – 5.25 GHz

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 31st, 2014

The FCC has voted to make the lower 100 MHz of 5 GHz spectrum more useable, reports Fierce Wireless. The FCC’s new 5 GHz rules increase allowable power levels to 1 watt and allow outdoor operation. The order protects incumbent satellite users by placing limits on the amount of energy that can be directed up […]

The Duopoly’s Worst Nightmare

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 24th, 2014

Last year AT&T doled out $15.9 million for lobbying, says, on a range of issues. The Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks lobbying spending, reports AT&T spent the 11th largest amount of all companies that year, while Verizon ranked 18th. The four biggest carriers together spent $37.3 million in 2013 trying to influence lawmakers […]

AWS-3 Auction Rules: Who Benefits?

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 20th, 2014

T-Mobile made a case to the FCC for smaller geographic areas and a 5 MHz spectrum block maximum in the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auctions, notes Wireless Week. T-Mobile urged the FCC to package the 50 MHz of AWS-3 up for auction into five 5×5 MHz blocks to “maximize opportunities for competitive carriers to participate to […]