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FCC Poised to Vote on Spectrum Auction Plan | Mobile Phone Tech News

FCC Poised to Vote on Spectrum Auction Plan | Mobile Phone Tech News | mobile shop uk | Scoop.it

The lack of available spectrum to handle the ever-growing crop of smartphones and tablets has been a hot-button issue in D.C. and mobile circles alike, and the Federal Communications Commission now appears poised to finally take action.

 

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced that he has submitted a proposal for incentive spectrum auctions to his fellow commissioners, which they will vote on at the agency’s Sept. 28 meeting.

 

With incentive auctions, TV broadcasters would be able to voluntarily sell off unused spectrum to companies that would use it for mobile broadband purposes.

 

The idea was first floated in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, which was released in 2010. It has been discussed at length since then, and earlier this year, Congress inserted language into a larger economic package that gave the FCC permission to auction off broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers.

 

According to The Hill, the auctions would take place by 2014.

 

“Incentive auctions will help create jobs and strengthen U.S. competitiveness in a world where, increasingly, mobile leadership is required for leadership in the global innovation economy,” Genachowski said in a statement. “The proposal would also free up a significant amount of unlicensed spectrum for innovative WiFi-like uses, and create the first uniform, national low-band unlicensed spectrum in any country.”

 

In a statement, Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), said the group looks forward to working with the FCC on the issue.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Here's the secret success sauce in Ubuntu's phone platform | GigaOM Mobile Tech News

Here's the secret success sauce in Ubuntu's phone platform | GigaOM Mobile Tech News | mobile shop uk | Scoop.it

Canonical announced a version of Ubuntu for smartphones on Wednesday, showing of the software on a Galaxy Nexus handset. The company is mostly known for its user-friendly Linux desktop operating system: Ubuntu is among the most popular Linux distributions and some hardware makers have sold computers with Ubuntu instead of Microsoft Windows. Canonical expects actual phones running Ubuntu near the end of 2013 although a build for some smartphones, such as the Nexus, will become available in a few weeks.

 

Based on press videos I’ve seen so far, Ubuntu on a phone looks as polished as iOS and open as Android, which could make for an attractive combination. The platform doesn’t require a hardware button for the home screen or task switching. Instead, users swipe from the edge of the phone display for in app navigation, settings and the home screen. Web and native apps will be supported. Here’s a short video demo for a quick look:

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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