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Clearing the Air on Wi-Fi Software Updates

November 12, 2015 - 12:09 PM by Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering & Technology
This week marked the closing of the reply comment period in the Commission’s radio device approval modernization rulemaking. The comments and replies are largely supportive of the Commission’s proposals, but one particular element generated thousands of comments from individuals concerned
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Decision Time on the Incentive Auction

October 16, 2015 - 03:57 PM by Gary Epstein, Chair, and Howard Symons, Vice-Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force
Today wraps up an important week for the Incentive Auction with the release of two critical items: the Application Procedures Public Notice and the final opening bid prices for broadcast stations. Earlier today Chairman Wheeler called this a “watershed moment” for auction participants, and
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Thinking Globally, Acting on Mobile

October 1, 2015 - 03:13 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
One of the Commission’s biggest challenges is to make sure our rules and policies evolve to reflect major changes in the communications and technology landscape. Two of the biggest developments of the digital age are that the economy has gone global and everything is going mobile. Today,
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Steering into the Future with More Wi-Fi by Sharing the Upper 5 GHz Band

September 16, 2015 - 04:42 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner and Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner
Earlier this year, we joined together to write about making more space for Wi-Fi by exploring sharing opportunities in the 5850-5925 MHz band, or 5.9 GHz band.  More unlicensed airwaves in this band could lead to lots of good things—more wireless hotspots, less network congestion,
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Enacting More "Sticks": Spectrum Fees for Government Users

September 8, 2015 - 03:20 PM by Michael O'Rielly, FCC Commissioner
Wireless service and device use is exploding and more commercial spectrum – both licensed and unlicensed – is going to be needed to meet the insatiable demand. While improvements in spectral engineering and infrastructure builds may provide some relief, spectrum is a finite resource
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Next Steps on the Road to the Incentive Auction

August 20, 2015 - 01:56 PM by Gary Epstein, Chair, and Howard Symons, Vice-Chair, Incentive Auction Task Force
Earlier this month, the Commission adopted the Incentive Auction Bidding Procedures Public Notice, which sets March 29, 2016 as the start date of the first-ever incentive auction.  This fall, staff will release detailed information on the application process and announce the reverse
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International Coordination with Canada for a Successful Incentive Auction

August 14, 2015 - 12:42 PM by Gary Epstein, Incentive Auction Task Force Chair, and Mindel DelaTorre, International Bureau Chief
Today we are pleased to announce that we concluded another critical step in our efforts to harmonize our TV and wireless spectrum bands with Canada in preparation for the 2016 Incentive Auction.  This follows the similar results we reached with Mexico last month.   FCC and Industry
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Leading towards Next Generation "5G" Mobile Services

August 3, 2015 - 03:05 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Over the past decade, wireless services and technologies have dramatically evolved while shaping our economy and society. We've moved from analog to digital, from voice only services to wireless broadband, from 2G to 4G, and beyond. The Commission has consistently fostered policies promoting
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International Cooperation with Mexico for a Successful Incentive Auction

July 24, 2015 - 03:35 PM by Mindel DeLaTorre, International Bureau Chief, and Gary Epstein, Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force
Coordinating with Mexico and Canada to harmonize our TV and wireless spectrum bands is a critical component of meeting the Commission’s goals for the Incentive Auction. We are thrilled to be able to report some exciting progress on this front. Last week, the Mexican communications
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Seizing the Opportunities of Unlicensed Spectrum and Wireless Microphones

July 16, 2015 - 04:30 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
From the outset of our work to implement the world’s first Incentive Auction, a central goal has been to maximize the amount of spectrum made available for not only licensed use, but also unlicensed use. Unlicensed spectrum has been powerful platform for driving innovation, investment,
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