FCC Sets Rules for AWS-H Block Spectrum Auction
Updated: Clarified that the Middle Class act itself isn't new.
The Federal Communications Commission today officially filed a proposal to auction off a 10Mhz slice of spectrum known as the AWS-H block. This block of spectrum adjoins the PCS band and is being freed up in part to help make more wireless broadband available to Americans. The H block falls in the 1915-1920MHz (uplink) and 1995-2000MHz (downlink) bands. It resides next to the PCS G block, which is used to Sprint. Officially, this notice of proposed rule making is a "first step in implementing" the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, which was passed earlier this year. Winners of the spectrum auction will need to offer cellular service to 40% of the coverage area within four years, and 70% within 10 years. Licensees will be allowed to segregate and license the spectrum on their own, but will have to work with Sprint to ensure there is no interference with Sprint's neighboring network. The FCC hopes to hold the auction next year.
FCC Officially Gives Dish Its H Block Spectrum
The Federal Communications Commission today handed over 176 spectrum licenses to Dish Networks for the airwaves it won at auction earlier this year. Total bids for the auction reached $1.564 billion, which was the reserve price set by the FCC.
FCC Proposes Spectrum Screen Changes
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will see changes made to how it uses spectrum screens to weigh spectrum auctions and sales. The FCC wants to see low- and high-band spectrum put to use more evenly around the country by a wider range of companies.
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.
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.