WASHINGTON--The FCC voted to approve draft net neutrality rules that would re-examine whether to treat wireless networks differently from wired broadband networks as the commission seeks to craft new rules that would ensure consumers get equal access to all Internet content.
As expected, the FCC issued updated proposals regarding a three-tiered access and spectrum-sharing model for the 3.5 GHz band, with a flexible approach now being proposed for the priority access tier that could include auctioned licenses under certain conditions.
Poor Americans are driving the mobile-only trend, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Senate on late Tuesday unanimously confirmed Tom Wheeler to be the next FCC chairman and also unanimously confirmed Michael O'Rielly, a staffer for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), as one of the two Republican commissioners on the five-member panel.
The FCC approved an order to implement a 700 MHz interoperability solution that will eventually give smaller carriers access to the same 700 MHz LTE devices AT&T now uses.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) has formally placed a hold on Tom Wheeler's nomination to become the next chairman of the FCC, pushing back even further a final confirmation vote.
CCA members are now turning their attention to the next big policy issues that they must battle. First among them is the upcoming 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction, which is viewed by many as one of the few opportunities in the foreseeable future for operators to actually secure a significant amount of spectrum below 1 GHz.
The FCC said in a public notice that it will start an auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block on Jan. 14, 2014, its first major spectrum auction since 2008. The auction is likely to draw interest from Sprint, while Dish Network has signaled it will likely not participate.
As Time Warner Cable's blackout of CBS Corp. owned-and-operated stations approaches the one-month mark, FCC officials said Tuesday that they are pushing the companies to settle their dispute.
iPhone maker Apple is not in favor of a strict mandate from the FCC on interoperability in the Lower 700 MHz band, according to a filing the company's lawyers made with the commission.