Requisitioning the Opportunities of Unlicensed Spectrum and Wireless Microphones

From the outset of our function to implement the world’s 1st Incentive Auction, a central goal has been to maximize the amount of spectrum provided for not only licensed use, but additionally unlicensed use. Unlicensed spectrum has been powerful platform for driving innovation, investment, and economic growth. Innovations like Wi-Fi, which relies on unlicensed spectrum, have generated hundreds of vast amounts of dollars of value for our economic climate and consumers.

Last year, the Commission adopted an Incentive Public sale Report & Order that offers three channels for unlicensed use nationwide. While some have sought in order to define “nationwide” as synonymous as “uniform in every market, ” that is most likely a physical impossibility that ignores how broadcast participation can vary in every market. Today, I’m moving two items for consideration, alongside the other Incentive Auction items, on next month’s open meeting. The particular Part 15 Statement and Order may assure unlicensed spectrum is available in each market. The Cellular Microphones Comprehensive Report & Order will address the long run needs of wireless microphone users.

Our proposal might benefit consumers in the form of increased expenditure and innovation in unlicensed products and services. The proposal also helps those who depend on wireless microphones by altering functional parameters and expanding access to range.

The technical criteria we are proposing for unlicensed procedures would create certainty for unlicensed device users and manufacturers while reducing the risk of interference to licensed users. These items are important components of the suite of proposals that set up clear rules and protections just for unlicensed devices as well as licensed wifi microphone devices in the Incentive Public sale band as well as in other wireless rings where licensed wireless mics may gain additional access.

No party gets everything this wants in the proposed items. Once again, the Commission seeks to adopt the particular set of solutions that best satisfies the auction goals stipulated simply by Congress while accommodating most of the problems raised by all parties in order to ultimately deliver an efficient, effective plus timely auction in the public curiosity.

These proposals sign up for two other Incentive Auction-related items slated for consideration at following month’s open meeting: a General public Notice establishing the bidding procedures for the Incentive Auction and the Reconsideration of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Order. These items were originally scheduled for our July meeting, but were rescheduled for August 6.

Moving forward on the Incentive Auction is a national priority for both economic growth and deficit reduction. I actually remain committed to achieving our goal of beginning the auction in the first quarter of 2016.


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