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Federal Spectrum Incentive Act would incentivize government agencies to give up spectrum

A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation aimed at incentivizing federal agencies to relinquish their spectrum holdings or share with other agencies in a bill modeled after the FCC's planned broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions.

Pentagon strikes deal with broadcasters, clearing way for 1755-1780 MHz auction

The Department of Defense and the broadcasting industry struck a deal that will clear the way for the FCC to auction the 1755-1780 MHz band as part of the AWS-3 auction, a move long sought by the CTIA and wireless carriers clamoring for more airwaves.

FCC's Wheeler pressures CTIA to clarify carriers' phone unlocking policy

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is pushing the CTIA to amend its policies so that carriers would be more proactive in allowing consumers to unlock their phones. Wheeler said the CTIA and the wireless industry should act by year-end or expect the FCC to issue regulations on the issue.

Analysts: Government shutdown could imperil FCC's agenda

As the shutdown of the federal government grinds into its fourth day and appears likely to last through the weekend, analysts say that a prolonged shuttering of government operations could impact the FCC and other agencies' agendas on technology policy, especially for wireless spectrum and auctions.

NTIA pushes FCC to mandate free cell phone unlocking

At the Obama administration's direction, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration petitioned the FCC to mandate that carriers unlock mobile phones and tablets free of charge and let customers who have met their contractual obligations switch to another carrier.

Obama orders federal agencies to use spectrum more efficiently, make sharing easier

President Obama signed a White House memorandum that orders federal agencies to more efficiently use the spectrum they control and make it easier to share the airwaves with carriers as part of a multi-pronged effort to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband.

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile forge pact to explore spectrum sharing with government

AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA inked an agreement with the Department of Defense to explore the possibility of sharing 95 MHz of spectrum that is currently used by the Pentagon and other federal agencies located in the 1755- 1850 MHz band.

NTIA seeks comment on design of public-safety broadband network

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is seeking comment on the design and business plan of the nation's proposed interoperable public-safety broadband network.

2009 Year in Review: FCC takes shape, then action

The news: The FCC's year was separated into two distinct halves. For the first half of the year, the five-member commission was dormant while commissioners awaited confirmation. In contrast, the

Senate approves DTV delay, House up next

The official Congressional delay of the digital TV transition is expected to come as early as today, as the House of Representatives is set to follow up on the Senate's approval of a delay of more