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A Band Plan that Serves the Public Interest

June 21, 2013 by Ruth Milkman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
The FCC’s incentive auction task force is making progress towards holding the world’s first incentive auction in 2014 which will free up valuable spectrum for mobile broadband use across the country.Over the past few weeks, the Commission has received significant input from parties
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Commission Hosts 600 MHz Band Plan Workshop

May 7, 2013 by Ruth Milkman, Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
The FCC hosted a public workshop Friday as part of its LEARN program.  The workshop focused on how best to structure the 600 MHz wireless band plan in the upcoming incentive auction.  In proposing a band plan, the Commission focused on five key policy goals: utility, certainty,
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Commission Releases Supplement to the Incentive Auction Rules Option and Discussion Paper (NPRM Appendix C)

February 4, 2013 by Gary Epstein, Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force
Today, a Supplement to the Incentive Auction rules Option and Discussion Paper, commonly referred to as Appendix C, contained in Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Docket No. 12-268, 27 FCC Rcd 12357
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Commission Launches New and Improved Incentive Auction LEARN Website

January 17, 2013 by Gary Epstein, Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force
Today the FCC launched a new and improved LEARN website.The LEARN (Learn Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now) website is a one-stop information resource for incentive auction stakeholders, particularly broadcasters.  Informing, educating, and reaching out to the broadcaster community is
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FCC Releases Machine Readable Data on E-rate Program

October 19, 2012 by Michael Byrne, Geographic Information Officer and Greg Elin, Chief Data Officer
We at the FCC know the importance of open data to policy making and government transparency. The FCC continues to modernize and streamline how it collects, uses, and disseminates data as smart policies depend on quality data, which should be accessible to the public in meaningful ways using
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Channel Sharing Workshop: Just the Sort of Input We Need

May 24, 2012 by Bill Lake, Chief, Media Bureau
We held a workshop on channel sharing this week, to explore the practical business and operational challenges facing broadcasters who may want to try this innovative way to use spectrum more efficiently.  Over 200 people participated in person and over the web, making it a successful
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Incentive Auctions: The Concept Ratified, and the Work Begins

March 27, 2012 by Bill Lake, Chief, Media Bureau
Congress ratified a historic policy innovation by authorizing the Commission to conduct incentive auctions of spectrum.  Now the work begins to make that innovation a reality.  The new law codifies the vision of an incentive auction as offering new options to broadcasters.It codifies
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FCC Announces Public Testing of First Television White Spaces Database

September 14, 2011 by Julie Knapp, Chief, FCC Office of Engineering and Technology
White spaces are unused spectrum between TV stations and are considered prime real estate because signals in this band travel well, making the band ideally suited for mobile wireless devices. Unlocking this valuable spectrum will open the doors for new industries to arise, create American jobs,
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Electronic Filing for Full-Sized Cellular Maps

August 26, 2011 by Chris Miller, Program Analyst, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
This week we made the announcement that starting on September 8, 2011, applicants can file full-sized (1:500,000 scale) cellular maps electronically using a standard GIS format. These maps are filed when licensees of 800 MHz cellular service apply for authority to operate in an “unserved
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Enhancements for Part 87 Aviation Radio Service Applications

August 16, 2011 by Scot Stone, Deputy Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Today, we announced enhancements for certain types of Part 87 Aviation Radio Service applications filed in the Universal Licensing System (ULS).First, applications can be filed for new or modified aeronautical enroute and flight test stations for authorization to operate with 8.33 kilohertz
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