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Adapting Regulatory Frameworks to 21st Century Networks and Markets

January 9, 2014 - 05:22 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
In my first remarks to FCC staff as Chairman, I said that the connective technology that defines the 21st century flows through the FCC, and our challenge is to be as nimble as the innovators and network builders who are changing the world and creating these great opportunities. Meeting that
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The Path to a Successful Incentive Auction

December 6, 2013 - 10:39 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Since my arrival at the Commission a month ago, I have spent more time working on the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction than any other single issue.  I am confident in the Commission’s ability to make the appropriate policy decisions.  I am also confident that the
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A Band Plan that Serves the Public Interest

June 21, 2013 - 10:19 AM 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 - 07:35 AM 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 - 12:10 PM 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 - 09:51 AM 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 - 01:52 PM 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 - 03:30 PM 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 - 02:53 PM 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 - 02:17 PM 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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