FCC moves toward IP transition of phone networks

The commission approves trial runs for converting copper networks to IP

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

Also on Thursday, the commissioners heard an update on a timeline for auctions of spectrum now held by U.S. television stations. The FCC plans to vote on a report and order setting up the so-called incentive auctions early this year, with the auctions still targeted for mid-2015.

The incentive auctions would allow TV stations to give up spectrum in exchange for part of the proceeds the spectrum sells for in the auction. Mobile broadband providers see the TV band as some of the best spectrum for delivering long-range, high-speed mobile service.

Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's email address is grant_gross@idg.com.

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