FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants small carrier support for the the upcoming 600 MHz auction, but those carriers are reluctant to give it. They trusted the FCC in the 700 MHz auction and they got screwed.
The carriers have just as much at stake as Tom Wheeler in ensuring the 2015 incentive auction is a success. To that end, Wheeler wants them to publicly commit to bidding in it.
Sprint and T-Mobile were reportedly looking to circumvent corporate anti-collusion laws by forming a joint venture to bid in the upcoming incentive auction. The FCC, though, has gotten wise to their plans.
Verizon and AT&T aren’t getting the auction they wanted, but they’re not the only one’s upset with the FCC’s auction framework. The rules, however, were a big win for smaller carriers and unlicensed spectrum.
As expected, the FCC has released proposed rules for the upcoming broadcast airwave incentive auction that would prevent Verizon and AT&T from running the table in cities where 4G airwaves are in the highest demand.
The FCC has issued its proposed rules for the 2015 incentive auction, which aims to repurpose a sizable chunk of the UHF TV band for 4G. The FCC will make its first — but not last — vote in May.
LA stations KLCS and KJLA found that two HD and two SD streams could share the same TV channel. If broadcasters choose to consolidate their airwaves, it could be a boon to the mobile industry.
The TV airwaves over Los Angeles got a bit more crowded last month as two stations tested whether sharing the same broadcast channel is feasible. Their report could determine whether the FCC’s upcoming incentive auction succeeds.
A new pilot project in LA will test the feasibility of broadcasting consolidating their transmissions onto fewer channels. If it works it could persuade TV stations to part with their airwaves in the upcoming incentive auction.
Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the FCC, has a message for Silicon Valley. He’s on your side, in both caring about the issues and his seeming reluctance to make actual regulations.