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Increasing Spectrum & Mobile Broadband Access



STAFF CONTACTS

JULIE KEARNEY
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
703-907-7644
jkearney@CE.org

VERONICA O'CONNELL
Vice President, Government and Political Affairs
703-907-7577
voconnell@CE.org

ALEX REYNOLDS
Director, Regulatory Affairs
703-907-4169
areynolds@CE.org

SPECTRUM


As consumers rely more and more on wireless devices and services, our nation faces a looming spectrum shortfall. CEA strongly supports government efforts to free up spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use in three key ways: (1) repurposing TV broadcast spectrum for valuable wireless broadband uses; (2) exploring spectrum sharing; and (3) and clearing and repurposing underutilized federal spectrum. In particular, TV broadcast spectrum repurposed through voluntary incentive auctions will promote innovation and job creation, reduce the national debt, and amply compensate television broadcasters that choose to participate. Most important, incentive auctions will greatly alleviate the spectrum crunch so Americans can enjoy robust wireless broadband capability that will power our innovation-driven economy.

  • March 12, 2015 – The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held an oral argument in NAB v. FCC, where NAB challenges the FCC’s decision to use a certain methodology to calculate the area served by broadcast stations for purposes of the broadcast TV incentive auction. CEA, along with CTIA—The Wireless Association and the Competitive Carriers Association, intervened in the case to highlight the importance of the Court’s forthcoming decision to the success of the auction. In our allotted time, we supported the FCC’s decision and highlighted the need for the FCC to have flexibility in order to make the auction a success for both wireless broadband and broadcasters.
  • February 4, 2015 – CEA filed comments in both the unlicensed spectrum and wireless microphone proceedings related to the FCC’s upcoming TV broadcast spectrum incentive auction. CEA said in both proceedings that the FCC should carefully consider the risks and benefits of microphone operations in the 600 MHz band, and outlined some of the technical considerations the FCC should evaluate as it moves forward.
  • January 21, 2015 – CEA filed comments setting forth its technical concerns with aspects of the FCC’s proposed rules that manage interference between future LTE service in the 600 MHz band and those broadcast stations that remain after the TV incentive auction. In the reply comment round, due February 5, commenters uniformly praised CEA for its analysis and even used our comments as a basis for their own replies.
  • October 17, 2014 – The FCC voted to adopt a Notice of Inquiry that solicits public input on innovative developments regarding the possible use of spectrum above 24 GHz for mobile wireless services and possible actions the FCC can take to promote such uses. CEA issued a release praising the FCC for its positive response to the forward-looking recommendation from the FCC Technological Advisory Council. High-band spectrum can be used to support next generation mobile wireless services
  • September 30, 2014 – The FCC considered proposals on Sept. 30 to allow for more robust use of unlicensed spectrum in connection with the TV broadcast spectrum incentive auction. CEA looks forward to considering these proposals because they could expand the availability of unlicensed spectrum without increasing the risk of harmful interference to other users, and thus pave the way for future mobile innovation.

OPEN INTERNET


We believe that consumers should have the right to attach devices of their choice to broadband networks as well as have unfettered access to content. CEA believes that the government can most effectively address the net neutrality debate by reallocating spectrum for wireless broadband use. This reallocation would ensure rapid broadband deployment and a competitive, pro-consumer broadband marketplace.

  • March 12, 2015 – The FCC released its open Internet rules prohibiting broadband Internet access service providers from blocking or degrading Internet traffic to their customers, and separately requires providers to make their Internet traffic management services transparent. Controversially, the FCC created these rules based on its authority under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; a statute whose roots are embedded in utility regulation. While CEA fully supports an open Internet, we believe regulations based on Title II are the wrong approach.
  • September 16, 2014 – CEA’s own Julie Kearney, vice president, regulatory affairs, participated on a panel entitled “Policy Approaches to Ensure an Open Internet” hosted by the Federal Communications Commission. Kearney articulated CEA’s position that, while an open Internet is an important goal that CEA fully supports, regulators should be very cautious when trying to map existing statutory frameworks to the Internet.

NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN (NBP)


CEA supported the release of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan in March 2010. Specifically, CEA commended the FCC’s goals regarding our nation’s spectrum crisis, competition in the marketplace for video devices and accessibility issues. CEA will continue to work closely with the FCC through the rulemaking process to ensure that the goals of the NBP are met.

PARENTAL CONTROLS


In today’s fast- changing media landscape, the consumer electronics industry, policymakers and all other stakeholders share a common goal: to protect our children and help them to advance and thrive in today’s digital world. To that end, the CEA’s member companies have developed and continue to provide effective products and product features to help parents structure their children’s television experience. Video providers also offer a broad array of parental control tools. Interested parents can take advantage of this vibrant marketplace to find technological tools and services to tailor their children’s viewing experience to meet their family’s particular needs. Because a myriad of options for parents exist, CEA does not support government-mandated parental control technologies.

ATTACHMENT OF DEVICES TO PAY-TV SERVICES


CEA has long-supported the ability of consumers to attach the device of their choice to their pay-TV service. In the Telecom Act of 1996, Congress included language to ensure the availability of competitive devices at retail so that consumers could buy a device and attach it to their pay-TV service. The CableCARD was envisioned as a bridge between CE devices and pay-TV services, but this solution has been met with many roadblocks by the cable industry. CEA supported FCC action to strengthen its CableCARD rules. Recognizing the lack of competition in the market for competitive devices, the FCC’s National Broadband Plan recommended that the FCC initiate a proceeding to ensure that a “gateway” device is installed by pay-TV (MVPD) providers in all new subscriber homes and all homes requiring replacement set-top boxes by the end of 2012. The NBP suggested that the gateway device should be simple and that its sole function should only be to “bridge the proprietary or unique elements of the MVPD network.” CEA supports the continued use of CableCARDs and movement toward a gateway device. We must achieve a level playing field for competitive devices.

FCC COMMENT SUBMISSIONS


For submissions prior to 2013 please contact publicpolicy@ce.org