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MEPs endorse flexibility but remain concerned about the ‘public interest’
Oct 04, 2006
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Their report is still being finalised but MEPs from the European Parliament’s industry committee seem broadly in favour of the spectrum liberalisation agenda proposed by the Commission. Read more...

Editorial: The digital dividend dilemma
Oct 03, 2006
by Website author

Revising RRC-06 to aid the introduction of non-broadcast services in the digital dividend bands will be complicated and time-consuming. But could doing nothing be even worse? Read more...

The quiet revolution buried in the arcane detail
Oct 02, 2006
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A genuinely technology neutral spectrum licensing regime for a converged world may no longer be a pipe dream. EU member states have just provided some of the information required for the European Commission to formulate such a policy for adoption by 2010. Read more...

MEPs debate spectrum policy
Oct 02, 2006
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A hearing on spectrum policy is being held at the European Parliament tomorrow evening (3.10.06). Read more...

Spectrum usage rights debate inches forward
Sep 28, 2006
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UK communications regulator Ofcom is planning to use one of its upcoming auctions to trial the introduction of Spectrum Usage Rights (SURs). Read more...

Trading will not bridge the digital divide
Sep 27, 2006
by Website author

A technology neutral approach to spectrum licensing is popular in Africa but there is little appetite for full liberalisation. Quite right too, says one of Europe’s leading liberalisers. Read more...

The FCC “TV Whitespace” controversy back under spotlight
Sep 26, 2006
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In May 2004 the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) made a controversial proposal to better utilise the broadcast spectrum which never saw the light of day. It has now resurfaced and here former FCC employee, Michael Marcus, examines the detail. Read more...

National security impacts auction outcome
Sep 22, 2006
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The US Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) auction closed this month with T-Mobile topping the bids at around $4.2 million but revenues generated may have been dampened by national security concerns. Read more...

All eyes on Europe’s double D
Sep 20, 2006
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The European Commission (EC) has been feeling its way in the dark as it moves to define a policy for future use of the digital dividend. A tentative position is emerging, but some stakeholders wonder if Commissioners are dreaming. Read more...

Critics unconvinced by FCC “white space” plans
Sep 15, 2006
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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced plans for unlicensed devices to gain access to the coveted television broadcast spectrum below 900 MHz, but is this anything more than a ploy to appease Congress? Read more...

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