I guess I am confused about broadband wireless spectrum. In the FCC National Broadband Plan delivered to Congress in 2010, the FCC promised to “find” 500 MHz of additional broadband spectrum, 300 MHz within 5 years with an additional 200 MHz in the next 5 years. Subsequent to that report, the FCC Chairman has made broadband spectrum a priority over and over again and has stated on several occasions that we need more commercial broadband spectrum and that putting more of it into use by commercial operators would create jobs and help the economy. The FCC also published several papers demonstrating that the demand for wireless broadband services was fast outstripping the amount of capacity available, and other organizations, including CISCO, have published their own reports stating the same thing.
Government agencies can’t be expected to use spectrum as efficiently as private companies, an official with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration told congressional staffers on Tuesday.
The diverse ways that federal agencies use spectrum range from unmanned aerial vehicles to emergency radio communications. That, NTIA deputy associate administrator Karl Nebbia said, means it’s not easy to completely clear government spectrum for use by private companies.
TV broadcasters look at the Federal Communications Commission’s recent drive to move them off frequencies and put their political advertising rates on the Internet and draw one conclusion: The FCC has it in for television.And broadcasters are fighting back by publicly airing that charge in the midst of the ongoing policy debate on freeing up airwaves for wireless broadband.
“They keep coming after broadcast TV,” National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith told POLITICO. “And the broadcast industry is concerned that a bias exists.”
COMMENT – So, just make sure you make note…’sharing’ means Broadcasters get the chance to move their ENG services yet again?! – MisterDTV
FCC chairman Juliu Genachowski put in a plug Tuesday for the government sharing the 1755-1780 MHz band with advanced wireless service, including freeing up 25 MHz ASAP that can be paired with existing spectrum already up for auction.
That sharing proposal could mean a relocation of broadcast and cable ENG users who were already transitioned out of their former spectrum digs as part of the DTV transition.
Commission adopts skeletal preliminary rules for sharing, but leaves plenty of important details to be worked out in future proceedings
Public interest obligations for all!
SAME, SAME: Here’s the latest on the spectrum front. Verizon Wireless announced it would sell its former TV spectrum so it can buy better surplus spectrum from cable operators, while federal regulators in charge of managing the spectrum in the public interest mapped out a $300 million slush fund for mobile operators unwilling to serve rural areas without being subsidized.
In other words, more of the same.
Reigniting a fight that appeared to fade with the passage of spectrum legislation in February, the Consumer Electronics Association Tuesday chided the National Association of Broadcasters, saying it had tried to dissuade members from participating in the incentive auctions authorized by the law.
“Recent statements discouraging participation in and support of these auctions are not only inconsistent with the goals of Congress, but also are not helpful to competition necessary for a successful and competitive auction,” CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro wrote in a terse letter Tuesday to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.