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#WirelessIsDifferent: The Unintended Consequences of FCC Regulation

From stifling innovation to decreased value to consumers, the unintended consequences of FCC regulations on wireless network management could have a significant negative impact says Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech University.

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AWS-3 Auction Success: Reserve Price Met

Yesterday was a banner day for ensuring the continued leadership of America in mobile broadband services. The FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction blew past the $10.07 billion reserve price for the spectrum licenses in just 4 days of bidding.

Last reported, the auction has so far received more than 800 bids, and provisional bids reached more than $16.4 billion. This means the proceeds of the auction will offset the relocation cost of government users and to pay for the administration of the auction itself. It appears that the AWS-3 auction will generate sufficient revenue to meet the funding needed for FirstNet and the other requirements of the Spectrum ActPDF, while still providing significant revenue that may later reduce the federal deficit. While we can’t make predictions for what the final price will be or how much longer the auction will continue, it’s incredible that the reserve price was exceeded on only the fourth day of bidding.

Quite simply, the AWS-3 auction surpassed the requirements set by Congress for this much needed spectrum.

The 1755-1780 and 2155-2180 MHz spectrum bands are only the latest example of what can happen when paired, licensed and internationally harmonized spectrum is available for the U.S. wireless industry. As numerous independent reports repeatedly show (example and example), the U.S. wireless industry needs more spectrum to meet consumer demands for a mobile, broadband connected life. This spectrum auction is another step in the process to meet these demands.

CTIA applauds the bipartisan process that included members of Congress, FCC, NTIA, the Department of Defense and other affected federal agencies working cooperatively to make this spectrum auction a reality and a resounding success. The AWS-3 spectrum will be a critical down payment in allowing the mobile broadband ecosystem to invest and innovate to the benefit of American consumers.

#WirelessIsDifferent: Network Management Requires Flexibility

Virginia Tech University’s Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed explains the mechanics that make wireless possible that require flexibility and precision.

 

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Dr. Reed: An Expert’s View on the Net Neutrality Debate: November WOW Insider Interview

Dr. Jeffrey H. Reed, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech University, talks about the technical challenges behind prioritization and the very real possibility that the U.S. will fall behind in next generation network technologies.

Net Neutrality 101 Whiteboard: November WOW Wireless at Work

In 2010, the FCC voted wireless was different so it developed mobile-specific rules. Fast forward to present day, and the tremendous innovation and competition Americans enjoy today make it clear that the Commission made the right decision. #WirelessIsDifferent

AWS-3 Auction 101

Tomorrow, the FCC takes an important step toward our mobile future when it begins the AWS-3 Auction (or Auction 97) which will make available 65 MHz of prime spectrum to be used for mobile broadband services.

The AWS-3 Auction is the first major spectrum auction since 2008, when the ...

Infographic: Seesaw Theory of Regulation Works for Mobile Consumers

Last week, we filed a letter at the FCC urging Chairman Wheeler to implement his “see-saw” theory of regulation into practice as the Commission considers mobile broadband and open Internet policy.

This morning, we're releasing our infographic that looks at just a few of the facts – more broadband ...

Mobile-Specific Open Internet Rules Create Competition and Differentiation: November WOW Policy Point

In the four years since the FCC adopted mobile-specific rules, wireless companies had the flexibility to experiment and differentiate themselves from their competitors, providing new services and value to their customers.

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