The FCC is reportedly prepared to set aside channel 37 as well as other spectrum located throughout the 600 MHz band for unlicensed wireless broadband use.
The FCC is poised to release in May its rules for the incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. However, that will just be the beginning of the FCC's work: After releasing the rules, the agency will need to convince TV broadcasters to participate in the auction by first relinquishing their spectrum.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas--Rick Kaplan, EVP for strategic planning for the National Association of Broadcasters, said that it's too early to say whether TV broadcasters will widely support the FCC's proposed incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast spectrum. Further, Kaplan said that "one thing that concerns me is the trust factor."
Acknowledging that an FDD band plan for the upcoming 600 MHz auction has considerably more support than the TDD approach it has been pushing, Sprint said it now supports an FDD allocation, provided it is structured to maximize "auctionable bi-directional paired spectrum."
T-Mobile US says its research shows that LTE networks could operate side by side with co-channel, broadcast TV signals even in some of the nation's most densely populated areas.
Supporters of unlicensed TV white space spectrum told FCC officials last week that as the agency crafts rules for the 600 MHz incentive auctions it should not keep two TV channels reserved exclusively for wireless microphones that are used by TV news networks.
AT&T, battling to keep regulators from restricting its access to spectrum in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum, said spectrum set-asides proposed by T-Mobile US would curtail auction proceeds earmarked for public-safety communications and thus deprive first responders of the modern communications tools they need.
Mobile broadband providers could gain access to more TV broadcast spectrum under a developing Senate bill that would essentially punish any broadcaster that moves certain programming from over-the-air availability to cable by requiring the FCC to auction that broadcaster's spectrum.
To see a disheartening example of what can happen when a government regulator tries to increase wireless competition by keeping spectrum from a nation's dominant operators, shoot a quick glance at the Great White North.
Reduced auction revenues, a funding shortfall for FirstNet, an increased spectrum deficit and higher consumer wireless bills would be some of the ramifications of placing bidding restrictions on AT&T and Verizon Wireless in upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction, according to new research.