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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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Advancing Technology Transitions by Protecting Consumers, Competition and Public Safety in an IP-World

July 10, 2015 - 11:30 AM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
The transition to efficient, modern communications networks is bringing new and innovative services to consumers and businesses. The Commission’s approach to these technology transitions is simple: the shift to next-generation fiber and IP-based networks from analog switch- and
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Enhancing Competition and Opportunity in the Mobile Marketplace

June 25, 2015 - 12:31 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Few areas of our economy hold more promise for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators than the wireless broadband sector. According to a Boston Consulting Group analysis, it already contributes $548 billion annually to U.S. GDP, and it is projected to account for 5 percent of our economy by
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Reaffirming Cross-Border Relations

June 19, 2015 - 12:13 PM by Mindel DeLaTorre, International Bureau Chief
Earlier this month, I traveled to Mexico as part of a U.S. Government delegation – including the FCC and Departments of State and Commerce – attending the first high-level spectrum discussion since Mexico established the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT). We were warmly
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Crafting Balanced Incentive Auction Rules in the Public Interest

June 17, 2015 - 04:26 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
This Sunday marks the first day of summer, and what will be the critical season for finalizing key details for next year’s Incentive Auction.  This two-sided auction will use market forces to make available more low-band spectrum to meet the wireless broadband needs of consumers and
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A Lifeline for Low-Income Americans

May 28, 2015 - 01:25 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
The Lifeline program was established in 1985 to help low-income Americans afford access to vital communications. Our nation’s enduring promise is opportunity for all, and helping financially struggling Americans access basic communications empowers individuals to pursue new opportunities
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