Cable & Telecom

Don’t make Canada’s mistakes when it comes to spectrum auction, says FCC commissioner O’Rielly

LAS VEGAS – Broadcasters, wireless companies and the government at odds over spectrum auction rules… Sound familiar?In the first quarter of 2016, the Federal Communications Commission plans to auction off a swath of 600 MHz spectrum to wireless companies – the very same spectrum which TV stations now use to broadcast their traditional over-the-air signals. Alas, times have changed and the spectrum is needed for the consumer’s ever-burgeoning tastes for mobile data. So, the FCC here created an incentive auction, where the broadcasters could, essentially, get paid to give up their spectrum move their OTA station to another channel, if...