The Federal Communications Commission completed Feb. 27, its first major spectrum auction in 6 years. The auction of 176 H Block licenses in the 1915-1920 megahertz and 1995-2000 MHz bands, raised more than $1.5 billion in proceeds.
Members of the House of Representatives announced Feb. 27 a new congressional caucus focused on spectrum issues. Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), the bipartisan leaders of the new Congressional Spectrum Caucus, have already worked together as heads of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's federal spectrum working group.
As the military deals with the growing demand for spectrum, it's also challenged by the need to relocate to different frequency bands and coordinate with spectrum users in foreign countries, Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Wheeler said.
The White House is seeking input on how to get agencies to relinquish spectrum for commercial use, in line with the administration's goal of freeing up 500 MHz for use in wireless broadband, a Feb. 14 Office of Science and Technology Policy blog post says.
Small businesses that rely on mobile technology face a variety of challenges, said a panel speaking before the House Small Business Committee. Access to wireless services is one concern for those in rural areas, said Brian Marshall, owner of Marshall Farms in Maysville, Mo., during the Feb. 11 hearing.
The fiscal 2014 Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations bill (P.L. 113-76), signed into law by President Obama Jan. 17, doesn't provide a new avenue for entry into the commercial market for proposed broadband wireless service provider LightSquared.
Federal prosecutors are pushing to prevent emails sent by a FirstNet board member from being released publicly.
Engaging state, local and tribal governments on the planned nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network for first responders, known as FirstNet, comes with challenges, said representatives from the FirstNet board during a Jan. 23 presentation (.pdf) before the National Sherriff's Association.
The planned nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network for first responders, known as FirstNet, expects to garner $7 billion in funding from the revenue of the Federal Communications Commission's planned auctions. And while most attention around revenue generation has focused on a mid-2015, 600 MHz incentive auction that will re-pack broadcast spectrum in order to auction it to wireless carriers, T-Mobile believes that auction could be largely irrelevant as FirstNet will have met its funding goal by then.
"2014 will be the year that the FCC either succeeds or fails to attract a sufficient number of TV spectrum sellers to make this auction work. Right now, the commission is very far behind the curve on that," said Preston Padden, executive director of the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition.