Today in Mobile

The FCC today voted to begin writing rules that would allow television broadcasters to use airwaves more effectively in an effort to free up spectrum for mobile carriers. The commission said it will move to allow voluntary channel sharing and will lay the groundwork for incentive auctions, among other measures. The fact that the proposal was unanimously approved demonstrates that the FCC understands the dire need for more spectrum as mobile usage ramps up. But the FCC still must convinced broadcasters that auctioning off some spectrum is in their best interests — and that’s proving to be a tough sell.