Don’t Let Facts Get in the Way of Adamance: OTI Weighs in on the FCC’s 6 GHz Proceeding

Last week the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America filed a letter opposing the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) suggestion that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) consider allowing unlicensed use in 1120 MHz of the 6 GHz band - a staggering amount of spectrum - while reserving judgment on 80 MHz where broadcasters and … Continue reading Don’t Let Facts Get in the Way of Adamance: OTI Weighs in on the FCC’s 6 GHz Proceeding

Maximalism Meets Reductivism in the FCC’s 6 GHz Proceeding

“Amazing. Every word of what you just said was wrong.” -- Luke Skywalker The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently considering the authorization of new unlicensed operations in the 6 GHz band. Like many recent spectrum proceedings, this one raises complex questions of how to accommodate new entrants while protecting important existing uses. Unfortunately, some … Continue reading Maximalism Meets Reductivism in the FCC’s 6 GHz Proceeding

Dead Giveaway: A Massive Spectrum Handout in the 6 GHz Band Based On Remarkably Little Usage of Existing Wi-Fi Spectrum

Multi-hundred billion-dollar companies like Facebook and Google are asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide free access to a stunning 1,200 megahertz of spectrum that includes the entire 6 GHz band. To put that amount of spectrum in context, that’s over 17 times the amount of spectrum sold during the broadcast spectrum incentive auction … Continue reading Dead Giveaway: A Massive Spectrum Handout in the 6 GHz Band Based On Remarkably Little Usage of Existing Wi-Fi Spectrum

300 MHz and I’ll Throw in Floor Mats: Why Haggling Won’t Help the C-band Proceeding

In the coming months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin to make final policy determinations concerning a slice of spectrum known as the C-band. The C-band is currently used by satellite operators to distribute content for networks and programmers to broadcasters and plays a critical role in a reliable content distribution system that viewers … Continue reading 300 MHz and I’ll Throw in Floor Mats: Why Haggling Won’t Help the C-band Proceeding

The Disease of More: Getting to the Right Number, Not the Highest Number, for C-Band

The conventional wisdom in the communications arena is that the United States is engaged in a race to be the first nation to deploy the next generation of wireless technology: 5G. But while many insist on the importance of winning the “Race to 5G,” we somehow can’t quite get out of the starting blocks. Central … Continue reading The Disease of More: Getting to the Right Number, Not the Highest Number, for C-Band

New American Hustle: Cable Opposes a Free, Innovative Service for Viewers

In one week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to approve the voluntary use of a new broadcast television transmission standard, Next Generation TV. This standard has the potential to revolutionize the viewing experience, offering consumers a better product and enhancing competition in the delivery of video programming. This is an exciting moment for … Continue reading New American Hustle: Cable Opposes a Free, Innovative Service for Viewers

2 Fast 2 Spurious – Microsoft’s Vacant Channel Plan is a Sequel We Don’t Need

Summer movie season is well underway, bringing a fresh crop of would-be blockbusters in the form of original movies and familiar sequels. Sequels, of course, are a tricky proposition. For every sequel that arguably improved on the original (“Godfather II,” “Before Sunset,” “Magic Mike XXL”) dozens more serve as stark reminders of the perils of … Continue reading 2 Fast 2 Spurious – Microsoft’s Vacant Channel Plan is a Sequel We Don’t Need

Rules, Schmules

Although it’s one of only four nationwide wireless carriers and has its corporate roots in a foreign state-run monopoly, T-Mobile fancies itself the brash outsider in the wireless marketplace. The company touts itself as the “Un-carrier.” It doesn’t play by the same rules as other wireless carriers, and it’s not afraid to say so. Literally: … Continue reading Rules, Schmules

Radio Silence

Relocating television stations to new channels following the close of the TV broadcast spectrum incentive auction will be the most complex transition the Federal Communications Commission has ever overseen. We know that many stations will be repacked, we know that there are constraints on the resources available to perform this work, and we know there … Continue reading Radio Silence

ATVA’s New Trick: Slow Rolling Next Generation TV

The American Television Alliance (ATVA), one of the leading voices of the pay-TV industry, has a big problem. Up until now, ATVA’s primary raison d’être (that’s French for “how do we get people to keep funding us”) has been retransmission consent. When pay-TV companies want to resell programming from local television stations, they typically negotiate … Continue reading ATVA’s New Trick: Slow Rolling Next Generation TV