Critical Issues This Week – FCC

The FCC will deal with several key telecom issues in the coming week.  Some these issue include the unlicensed use of television white spaces, Verizon’s acquisition of Alltel and the merger of Clearwire with Sprint’s WiMAX division.

The most important issue will be the commission’s decision over whether to allow unlicensed use of television broadcast spectrum known as “white spaces.”  Google, Microsoft and Dell, having been lobbying the FCC to vote in favor of letting wireless data devices operate freely on the spectrum, much as laptops and smartphones can currently operate on unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum.