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A New FCC Rises

Flash Summary Trump appoints Republican Ajit Pai to FCC Chairman. Thus heralds the dawn of a new FCC with a new agenda—though unlike other winners of the Trump appointment…


Incentive Auctions Will Complete at 470-608 MHz

It has been almost eight months since the U.S. Incentive Auctions began. The bidding continues; it has not closed, yet. But we know with complete certainty this bumpy ride…


New Information Suggests Repacked UHF Band to Span 470-619 MHz, or Wider

On Wednesday last week Robert Weller, former Chief of Technical Analysis at the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology, former Vice President of Spectrum Policy at NAB, and current…


Incentive Auctions Conclude First Phase, Stage Two, with $54.6 Billion Ask

Through now familiar smoke and mirrors, analysts, economists, and various industries scramble for scraps of information tossed to them by the FCC and private sector participants about the progress and…


Incentive Auctions Fail to Meet Final Stage Rule, Reset to be Scheduled at Lower 114 MHz Target

This morning the spectrum policy, broadcast, and telecom worlds awoke to a flurry of headlines, all urgent, but diverse in tone. The first pass through the Incentive Auctions has come…


What in Blazes is Going on with the Incentive Auctions?

"After five years of speculating about the Incentive Auction, it’s about to get real… Last year, I described the auction as ‘a once-ina-lifetime, virtually risk-free opportunity to expand your…


The Million Dollar Homes of Many San Francisco Tech Execs Have Slower Internet Connections than You Do

After InfoComm, I made haste for the western shore, to convalesce on the foggy slopes of San Francisco. I stayed in the laundry room of a friend’s apartment in…


At Long Last, Incentive Auction Bidding Begins

This is the beginning of the end for wireless audio in UHF. But about the dinosaur picture. This is an artist’s interpretation of Pteranodontidae soaring through the clouds, jubilant…


Incentive Auctions Begin, Spectrum for Wireless Audio Axed up to 60%

[CORRECTION: this article previously claimed a reduction of 70% of bandwidth, not 60%. And current bandwidth as 288 MHz, not 228. The error was caused by shamelessly sloppy arithmetic.] For…


False Alarm: The Incentive Auction AUCTIONS Do Not Begin Next Week

Yesterday the NAB policy blog opened their most recent post with this statement: These are exciting times. The long-anticipated broadcast television spectrum incentive auction is scheduled to begin in less…