• On February 26, 2013, the FCC released a white paper titled “The Mobile Broadband Spectrum Challenge: International Comparisons”. It calculates that the U.S. presently is using 608 MHz of licensed spectrum for mobile broadband, with an additional 55 or more MHz “in the pipeline”, excluding the potential TV spectrum and repurposed spectrum. It also states that the U.S. presently uses 724.5-874.5 MHz of unlicensed spectrum for broadband, including 1-150 MHz of white spaces spectrum, and that we have 295 MHz of unlicensed spectrum “in the pipeline”. These numbers compare favorably with Europe and Japan, but are slightly below Australia’s figures. The paper concludes that “The need for spectrum to accommodate increasing mobile broadband demands is a challenge confronting countries worldwide” but that “the United States is taking a multipronged approach to ensure that sufficient spectrum … is available”. The white paper is available here. A related blog post by Wireless Bureau Chief Ruth Milkman and OET Chief Julius Knapp is available here.
  • Reply Comments in the Incentive Auctions proceeding are due March 12, 2013. To read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comments, click here. GN Docket No. 12-268.