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Departing FCC chairman leaves behind mixed record

Julius Genachowski talked a good game when it came to broadband and freeing up wireless spectrum. But as he prepares to step down, critics say he missed opportunities to make his rhetoric a reality.

By March 22, 2013


How politics inflame the 'spectrum crisis'

The FCC's National Broadband Plan was supposed to add spectrum for wireless data growth. But thanks to political infighting, the feds have little to show for the effort two years on.

By February 16, 2012


Spectrum auction compromise part of payroll tax cut bill

Congressional compromise to extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits also includes authorization funding for a public safety wireless network.

By February 16, 2012


At CES, FCC chair warns of mobile 'spectrum crunch'--for the third time

For the third year in a row, Julius Genachowski sounds an alarm over government failure to provide much-needed new spectrum for mobile broadband users. A solution seems closer, but only just barely.

By January 12, 2012


House subcommittee advances spectrum bill

A bill that authorizes the FCC to sell TV broadcast spectrum in an auction and allocates spectrum for public safety passed through a House subcommittee.

By December 2, 2011


Sprint to launch own 4G LTE network in early 2012 (scoop)

The company is already using its network upgrade plan to test out and deploy LTE technology, which would bring it in line with its two larger rivals.

By September 27, 2011


Obama's jobs bill includes something for wireless

President Obama's newly proposed American Jobs Act will provide authorization for spectrum auctions and will also devote spectrum to public safety.

By September 12, 2011


A decade later, public safety still lacks national network

Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the government still hasn't built an interoperable network for emergency responders.

By September 8, 2011


Is Net neutrality blocking FCC spectrum auctions?

The FCC is making the case for new authority to auction spectrum critical for mobile broadband growth. But the agency doesn't seem to realize the extent of Congress' seething anger over 2010's "Net neutrality" rules.

By July 29, 2011


Why spectrum debate is tied to debt ceiling plan

Congress may consider authorizing wireless spectrum auctions as it comes up with a plan to fix the budget and raise the debt ceiling.

By July 26, 2011