The FCC chairman said the FCC had to overcome naysayers in coming up with the incentive auction plan for repurposing "beachfront" TV spectrum and in then shepherding it through Congress. The agency is moving ahead this week with a rulemaking implementing the law, he confirmed.
Genachowski On Spectrum: Yes We Could
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski yesterday gave his agency a pat on the back for cooking up and pushing through “incentive auction” legislation that encourages broadcasters to auction their spectrum to wireless broadband carriers.
“When we introduced this idea three years ago, the reactions were a) there’s no spectrum crunch, and b) the idea isn’t politically viable and will go nowhere,” he said in a major speech that reviewed the state of the nation’s broadband infrastructure and services and the FCC’s role in promoting it.
“Well, today virtually every expert confirms the vital need to free up spectrum, and the incentive auction went from idea to law, with Congress getting it done earlier this year.”
Genachowski said the FCC will launch later this week a rulemaking aimed at implementing the spectrum auction, which he called “a new paradigm in spectrum policy that uses market forces to repurpose beachfront spectrum used by TV broadcasters for licensed (think 4G LTE) and unlicensed (think Wi-Fi) wireless broadband.”