New Act Calls for Reallocation of 1755-1780MHz Spectrum Band
Representatives Cliff Stearns and Doris Matsui today proposed the Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act, which officially calls for spectrum in the 1755-1780MHz band to be reallocated from federal use to commercial use. The act follows a recommendation made last month by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that suggested the government might be able to share that spectrum block with consumers. The CTIA Wireless Association was quick to support the new act. "Reallocation of the 1755 to 1780 megahertz band is a high priority for CTIA and its members. We hope that this and other bands currently occupied but often underutilized by federal users will be made available for commercial use as expeditiously as possible," said Jot Carpenter, Vice President Government Affairs for CTIA. The spectrum in question offers 95MHz across 3,100 different frequencies, and is being used by more than 20 U.S. government agencies — including all branches of the military. NTIA administrator Lawrence Strickling suggested that some government users would be switched to different frequencies, while other federal and comercial users would share some of the frequencies. The CTIA hopes the reallocated 1755-1780MHz band will be paired with the AWS-3 2155-2180MHz band.
Senators Revive Wireless Innovation Act
A quintet of Senators recently re-introduced the Wireless Innovation Act of 2015, which asks the federal government to find 200 MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband. The act was sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio, Roger Wicker, Kelly Ayotte, Cory Gardner, and Ron Johnson.
Sprint to Sit Out AWS-3 Auction
Sprint today confirmed that it will skip an upcoming spectrum auction. "Sprint has decided not to participate in the FCC's AWS-3 auction, but will continue to evaluate the opportunities presented by the upcoming 600MHz incentive auction," said Sprint spokesman Jeffrey Silva to Bloomberg.
AWS-3 Spectrum Auction Over, Bids Total $44.89 Billion
The FCC today said Auction 97, which covered blocks of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, is now over. It received a final bid today for the 1695-1710MHz unpaired spectrum band just a day after it closed bids for the G, H, I, and J paired spectrum blocks.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.