In a speech to students at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski cited the FCC’s progress in providing the industry with the additional spectrum it needs for wireless broadband services, as he asserted that the FCC is on track to meet its goal of “freeing up 300 MHz of spectrum by 2015.” While acknowledging that the FCC has not conducted a wireless spectrum auction since the start of his tenure in 2009, Genachowski stressed that efforts to relieve the looming wireless spectrum crunch by freeing up spectrum and facilitating opportunities for mobile broadband “have been at the top of the FCC’s agenda.” Those policies, explained Genachowski, stand in contrast to the FCC’s strategy during the early 2000s—a time in which spectrum auctions proved “in many respects a great success” but the agency largely neglected to “replenish the spectrum pipeline.” In addition to freeing up broadcast television spectrum for wireless broadband use through the incentive auction process, Genachowski said the FCC is working with stakeholders in the mobile satellite service (MSS) industry “to enable use of portions of the [MSS] spectrum in the L- and Big LEO bands for terrestrial service.” Genachowski also cited the FCC’s efforts in opening up existing broadcast television “white spaces” for unlicensed use. With respect to the FCC’s future auction plans, Genachowski said the first of a series of auctions of AWS-2 spectrum consisting of channels in the 1755-1780 MHz band paired with spectrum in the 2155-2190 MHz band “will happen in 2013.” Although the amount of spectrum to be made available to wireless carriers through the incentive auction process remains unknown, Genachowski advised his audience that “the opportunity is large, given the highly desirable nature of this . . . spectrum for mobile broadband.”