Saturday, December 07, 2013

FCC will auction some airwaves, including broadcast space, in 2015, when software is ready

The Switch Blog of the Washington Post is reporting that the FCC is planning a big airwave auction to telecommunications companies in 2015.  The Post article by Brian Fung is here.
The FCC calls this the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction, and Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, stakes out his position here
The ability to prepare the auction software and make it seemless and goofproof seems like a big deal, giving the example set by “Obamacare” technology.

The theory seems to be that bigger telecommunications companies will be able to use some of the former broadcast channels to improve speeds and performance, especially in rural areas.