The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced last month that Verizon and AT&T have agreed to delay some C-Band 5G usage until July 2023, as air carriers work to ensure they will not face interference. Licensed spectrum forms the core of mobile networks, whose applications in fields like national security, education, health care and business offer technological […]
Today, a number of public policy experts sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking them to take the currently underutilized 12 GHz spectrum and put that spectrum up for auction. The letter supports the reuse of this spectrum for boosting 5G and 6G consumer services. You can read the full letter online.
Confronted with the unfortunate reality that inflation is here to stay for the foreseeable future, American consumers may be interested to learn that there is at least one service that has not experiencing price increases — broadband internet. According to the third installment of a new report by US Telecom, the 2022 Broadband Pricing Index, […]
Today, ACI joined a coalition letter opposing the giveaway for 12 GHz spectrum, instead calling for the public auctioning of this bandwidth for use in highspeed broadband services. The letter is available here.
US tech companies need spectrum to avoid being left behind by foreign nations and tap into the economic opportunity of 5G and similar technologies. Whether through streamlining the auction process or requiring federal agencies to provide definitive evidence before blocking auctions, the government should prioritize maximizing its availability of spectrum. Action now will let the US […]
In recent months, efforts to reauthorize the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) auction authority have generated a number of media headlines due to the tremendous role these auctions play in the commercial licensing of spectrum. However, a still significant, and no less important issue that has flown under the radar is the debate over whether the […]
Last year, Congress passed the Infrastructure and Jobs Act that directed $65 billion toward the Biden administration’s “internet for all” initiative. This initiative seeks to expand access to affordable high-speed internet, build network infrastructure and close the digital divide. The administration says this spending will help connect “every American” to broadband services. However, if these goals are […]
Earlier this month, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology marked up H.R. 7783, the Extending America’s Auction Leadership Act. The bill would grant the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the ability to conduct spectrum auctions for an additional 18 months. The agency’s auction authority expires on September 30th and must […]
ACI filed comments with FCC regarding requirements encompassed in section 60506 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, with the intent of informing a forthcoming Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on preventing and eliminating digital discrimination. ACI comments are available here.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC), which is tasked with hosting annual auctions for commercial wireless providers, may soon lose the ability to license radio frequency bands if its spectrum authority expires on September 30th. The FCC’s current authority only lasts for 10 years and must be renewed by Congress. Should Congress fail to act in […]