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3.5 GHz: New Ideas in the “Innovation Band”

April 23, 2014 - 01:04 PM by John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau & Special Advisor to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy
In a speech last month at the Brookings Institution, the Chairman issued a challenge – let’s confront change in spectrum policy and reorient our perspective from what was to what can be. Today, the Commission is leading by example. The Commission is issuing a detailed proposal for a
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Getting the Incentive Auction Right

April 18, 2014 - 12:32 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Few FCC policies have generated more attention than the Incentive Auction. “Groundbreaking,” “revolutionary,” and “first-in-the-world” are just a few common descriptions of this innovative approach to making efficient, market-driven use of our spectrum resources. Such attention
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New Approaches to Broadband – Wireline, Licensed, and Unlicensed

April 2, 2014 - 08:18 PM by Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
Earlier this week, the Commission approved two items that use innovative approaches to free up spectrum for broadband. One order utilizes spectrum sharing in the AWS-3 band to make airwaves currently used by government available for flexible, commercial use. Another order is taking 100 MHz of
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Working Together on the Post-Incentive-Auction Broadcaster Transition

March 20, 2014 - 02:30 PM by Bill Lake, Chief, Media Bureau
Making history is exciting, but it’s not easy.  In next year’s first-ever incentive auction, participating broadcasters will voluntarily relinquish spectrum rights in exchange for a share of the proceeds, and the recovered spectrum will be sold for wireless broadband use.  The
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Channel Sharing: A New Opportunity for Broadcasters

February 11, 2014 - 06:12 PM by Tom Wheeler, Chairman
I’ve seen the future, and it’s using 50% less bandwidth to produce a picture with increased quality of up to 300%. I just completed a tour of KLCS, a public broadcaster in Los Angeles. As Chairman of the FCC, visiting a television station isn’t necessarily that noteworthy. But
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3.5 GHz Spectrum Access System Workshop and Online Discussion

January 13, 2014 - 03:25 PM by Roger C. Sherman, Acting Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Part of our job at the FCC is to keep pace with new technologies and, indeed, to create an environment in which innovation can flourish. This is perhaps most true in the dynamic and ever-changing wireless sector. One focal point of our innovation strategy is the 3.5 GHz band, which presents
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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 - 11:19 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 - 08:35 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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