Jerald Fritz of ONE Media says if broadcasters can submit a petition to the commission this summer, the FCC may be able to conduct a rulemaking and give its blessing late this year or early next. That means TV stations could be on the air with the standard sometime in 2017, he adds.
Instead of looking at broadcasting as a antiquated service that should be stripped for spectrum, the FCC needs to start seeing it for what it is — an elegantly simple and inexpensive means of keeping every citizen in the national conversation. Instead of imposing burdensome new rules or tightening up restrictive old rules, the FCC should look for ways to lighten the regulatory load and strengthen the medium.
If the government’s auction of some of the most valuable broadcast spectrum succeeds, broadcasters and consumers should be wary.
Once broadcasters relinquish their valuable spectrum, who will inherit their longstanding commitment to local service? The broadcast industry may have its warts, but when it comes to meeting the information needs of local communities, nobody does it better — not cable and not the Internet or wireless service providers. When the flood waters rise or the cell towers fail, local broadcasters are the go-to medium for news, weather and safety information from coast to coast.
Despite it coming as a “surprise” to many reporters (and Wall St analysts) that DISH ended up with more total winning bids (before DE discounts) than Verizon in the AWS-3 spectrum auction, and that DISH got a 25% DE discount on its bids, the outcome is exactly what I predicted from the bidding patterns back in November. I was particularly amused to look back at Jonathan Chaplin’s comment from his December 7 report which poured scorn on my thesis, stating:
WASHINGTON–The FCC voted 5-0 to launch an inquiry into how best to deploy next-generation wireless services at spectrum frequencies above 24 GHz. Such spectrum is being eyed as a key element of still-undefined “5G” networks.
Most commercial wireless spectrum runs below 3 GHz, but many industry analysts and experts expect 5G networks to make use of millimeter-wave spectrum at much higher frequencies to produce faster data speeds and more capacity. To get ahead of 5G network deployments, the FCC wants to know how it can change its rules to facilitate the deployment of such network technologies. 5G networks are expected to be commercially deployed by 2020, though there is no clear definition yet of what 5G networks will look like.
In the words of Buzz Lightyear, and U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on Friday, U.S. regulators will look “to infinity and beyond” to harness new technology that can help build a new generation of mobile wireless connections.
Summary:FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants small carrier support for the the upcoming 600 MHz auction, but those carriers are reluctant to give it. They trusted the FCC in the 700 MHz auction and they got screwed.