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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Three interim spectrum-sharing arrangements set up by the FCC and Industry Canada are aimed at enabling greater wireless broadband deployment, improving general aviation air-to-ground communications services and making more efficient use of spectrum for specialized mobile radio services.
A plethora of public news about new hirings, RFIs, spectrum lease agreements and more has rolled out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) of late, making its Special Review Committee's activities seemingly retreat to the status of background activity. However, the committee is quite active, and the concerns being addressed remain front and center.
Frustrated over lack of access to 700 MHz spectrum now under the control of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Mississippi's Wireless Communications Commission froze construction on its $56 million LTE network for public safety, a project that was nearly 80 percent complete.
The board of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) last week voted in favor of a 700 MHz spectrum-lease agreement with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), reported Urgent Communications.
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.