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Channel Sharing Workshop: Just the Sort of Input We Need

May 24, 2012 - 04:30 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 - 03:53 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 - 03:17 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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Electronic Filing for Full-Sized Cellular Maps

August 26, 2011 - 11:53 AM 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 - 12:10 PM 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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Wireless Backhaul Reform

August 9, 2011 - 02:03 PM by John Schauble, Deputy Division Chief, Broadband Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Today, the FCC released a wireless backhaul item that implements key recommendations of the National Broadband Plan, by removing outdated regulatory barriers and unleashing additional spectrum for broadband services. The FCC’s actions will stimulate additional opportunities for broadband
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Hot Times for Spectrum Policy

July 19, 2011 - 03:19 PM by John Leibovitz, Deputy Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
Things are heating up in Washington. Of course, we’re not referring to the ongoing negotiations over the debt ceiling, or even the 100-degree temperatures expected later this week. We’re talking about spectrum policy.Last week, Republican and Democrat leaders of the House Energy and
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Training on NEPA and Historic Preservation Rules

June 24, 2011 - 03:01 PM by Steve DelSordo, Federal Preservation Officer
More than 200 people gathered in the Commission Meeting Room Tuesday, June 21, to hear presentations on federal environmental and historic preservation regulations for the siting of communications facilities, including towers used for mobile telephone, broadband, broadcast, public safety, and
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Hearing Aid Compatibility Filing Window Opens

June 16, 2011 - 11:10 AM by Jeffrey Steinberg, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
On June 15, 2011, the filing window for device manufacturers to file annual hearing aid compatibility (HAC) reports opened.  The reports can be filed between now and July 15, 2011.  This current filing window is only for device manufacturers.  The filing window for service
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Chairman Genachowski: The Clock is Ticking

March 16, 2011 - 04:55 PM by George Krebs, New Media
This morning Chairman Genachowski spoke on spectrum, consumers and America’s small businesses, delivering the keynote address as part of the Mobile Future Forum. He called attention to the growth of broadband in America, the looming spectrum crisis and our solution of voluntary, market-based
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