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FCC moves to open up ‘white spaces

US regulator the FCC has taken the first steps to opening up the vacant airwaves between TV channels, so called ‘white spaces’. This is the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years. The Second Memorandum Opinion and Order adopted this week resolves numerous legal and technical issues, eliminating the requirement that TV bands devices that incorporate geo-location and database access must also include sensing technology to detect the signals of TV stations and low-power auxiliary service stations.

Google and Verizon try to decide future of internet

Turns out Google and Verizon were up to something after all. Behind the scenes the two companies have been doing what the FCC failed to do – forge a compromise agreement on net neutrality. The only thing is that the wording of the agreement raises some of the same concerns that emerged last week when word of the deal was first heard.

Concern grows over net neutrality compromise

The internet was humming on Thursday night and Friday morning with rampant speculation over a supposed deal between web giant Google and US carrier Verizon that many industry watchers fear as the end of the internet as we know it.

Obama plans to free up 500MHz of spectrum

There may be another spectrum auction on the horizon as US president Barack Obama on Monday outlined a plan to free up and release 500MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband.

FCC has teeth pulled in net neutrality debate

The ongoing dispute over net neutrality was dealt a serious blow this week as a US federal court ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to force all service providers to treat internet traffic the same.

Obama advisor tipped to head FCC

A former Harvard Law School classmate of US president-elect Barack Obama has been tipped to head up communications regulator the FCC. Julius Genachowski is web-savvy Obama’s chief policy adviser on the internet and technology, and was the FCC’s chief counsel under the Clinton administration. Genachowski is a veteran of the technology and new media industries, […]

FCC approves New Clearwire, IPCS objects

The FCC has given the go-ahead to the New Clearwire Corporation joint venture, which has plans to roll out mobile WiMAX across the US. Comprising Sprint Nextel (51 percent) and Clearwire (27 percent) – with the remaining equity held by Intel, Google, TimeWarner Cable, Comcast and Bright House Networks – AT&T had objected to the […]

Dolly loses white spaces battle

Country and western singer Dolly Parton has lost her battle to keep internet service providers out of the spectrum used to buffer commercial TV and radio transmissions – the so called ‘white spaces’. On Tuesday, US communications regulator the FCC published rules allowing “sophisticated wireless devices” to operate in broadcast TV spectrum on an unlicensed […]

FCC delays spectrum auction decision

US communications regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to delay a decision on the fate of a swathe of spectrum in the 2155MHz to 2180MHz band. The regulator removed the discussion on the 25MHz chunk of AWS-3 spectrum from this week’s agenda. The move should appease industry association the CTIA, which has urged […]

FCC mulls free wireless internet proposal

When US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) convenes on June 12, one of the items on the agenda will be the fate of a swathe of spectrum in the 2155MHz to 2175MHz band. One of the options under consideration is to auction the spectrum off, along with a requirement that some portion of the […]

US 700MHZ spectrum auction draws 266 bidders

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a list of 266 bidders for the forthcoming 700MHz spectrum auction. Among those companies listed as having accepted applications is Google Airwaves. Other interested parties include Alltel, AT&T, MetroPCS, Qualcomm, Verizon and investment company Vulcan Spectrum, which is headed up by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen.  Google has said […]

Microsoft calls for white space validation

Proponents of so called ‘white space’ broadband, Microsoft and Philips, are pushing US communications agency the FCC to acknowledge their tests proving that the technology does not interfere with TV broadcasts. In August, a collaboration of tech firms headed up by Google, Intel, HP, Microsoft, Philips and Dell, known as the White Space Coalition, submitted […]

FCC sets date for 700MHz sale

The US communications regulator, the FCC has set aside the date of January 16, 2008, for the much anticipated auction of 700MHz wireless spectrum. The FCC is required to auction off the spectrum in the 700MHz band no later than January 28. The auction is now officially known as Auction 73 and the regulator will […]

FCC nixes white space broadband

US communications regulator the FCC has thrown a spanner into the works of a plan to deliver broadband services via the white space between TV channels. A collaboration of tech firms headed up by Google, Intel, HP, Microsoft and Dell, had submitted the plan as the White Space Coalition. The coalition has developed a gadget […]

Cellphone usage on planes faces turbulence

US communications regulator, the FCC, has held off on plans to lift the ban on cellphone usage whilst onboard a plane. Although the FCC has been inundated with requests from consumers to maintain a ban on in flight mobile phone usage, the latest obstacle has been thrown up by the mobile industry itself. The mobile […]

FCC investigates net neutrality

The US Federal Communications Commission late last week launched an inquiry into so called ‘net neutrality’. The investigation will serve to allow the regulator to better understand the behaviour of participants in the broadband services market. The Commission will investigate how broadband providers are managing internet traffic on their networks today; whether providers charge different […]

US reaps $14bn from spectrum auction

US communications regulator the FCC closed the country’s Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) auction Monday afternoon, reaping almost $14bn (£7.4bn) in bids. As expected, T-Mobile USA was the biggest spender, splashing out over $4bn on licenses. Although T-Mobile made no comment on its plans, the operator is widely expected to use the licences to launch 3G […]

AWS auction nearing an end

The Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction taking place in the US is speeding up to its final approach, according to analysts. Thursday was the first day US regulator the FCC increased the number of bidding rounds up to six per day in an auction that has already netted the US government close to $20bn (£10.5bn) […]

US spectrum auction starts Wednesday

US communications regulator the FCC is planning to auction off 1,122 wireless licenses Wednesday in a move that could bring in as much as $15bn (£7.8bn) for the government. The licenses to be auctioned are presently being used by the military but would be ideal for the launch of 3G services. Spectrum within the bands […]

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