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.
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.
Congressional compromise to extend the payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits also includes authorization funding for a public safety wireless network.
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.
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.
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.
President Obama's newly proposed American Jobs Act will provide authorization for spectrum auctions and will also devote spectrum to public safety.
Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the government still hasn't built an interoperable network for emergency responders.
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.
Congress may consider authorizing wireless spectrum auctions as it comes up with a plan to fix the budget and raise the debt ceiling.