Tuesday Panel to Explore ‘Grand Bargain’ on Broadcast Spectrum
Broadband Updates, Wireless
November 30th, 2009
A proposal to return much of the spectrum used by commercial television broadcasters is gaining some mindshare in Washington telecommunications circles. A high ranking FCC official recently suggested it might be possible to craft a “grand bargain,” in which broadcasters return unused portions of their digital television spectrum to the government in exchange for proceeds from an auction. The spectrum to be auctioned off could fulfill a coming need for spectrum to be used by the burgeoning wireless broadband industry.
Commissioners Welcome DTV Delay, but Concerns Remain on Consumer Outreach
February 5th, 2009
WASHINGTON, February 5, 2009 – The three members of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday expressed relief over Congress’ Wednesday passage of legislation delaying the date of the digital television transition from February 17 to June 12.
The Real White Spaces Debate: To Create or Abolish a Market in the Airwaves
November 4th, 2008
WASHINGTON, November 4 – I’ve been following the “white spaces” for as long as it has been happening – four, maybe five years – and I must admit that I am surprised by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s sudden fondness for them.