Dept. of Defense Agrees to Vacate 1755MHz Spectrum
The U.S. Department of Defense has reversed its original position regarding the 1755-1780MHz spectrum block, and now says it can relocate out of that band with little or no impact on DoD operations. The Defense Department had previously voiced concerns that it couldn't easily move to another spectrum block without causing problems. The change means that the Federal Communications Commission will eventually be able to auction the 1755-1780MHz block for commercial use. According to the Wall Street Journal, it will cost the DoD about $3.5 billion to relocate, and for the moment it thinks it can consolidate its operations in the 1780-1850MHz band, which it already uses, as well as the 2025-2110MHz band, which is used by some television broadcasters. The DoD did not say how soon it would be able to leave the 1755-1780MHz block. Air combat training and drone training would be impacted by the spectrum change. The FCC has long been interested in the 1755-1780MHz block. As recently as last week, U.S. representatives introduced legislation that would require the 1755-1780MHz block be included in the next FCC auction.
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 Hands Out More AWS-3 Licenses to Auction Winners
The FCC has delivered more licenses to winners of the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which concluded earlier this year. The bulk of licenses granted this week were given to Orion Wireless LLC and Geneseo Communications Services, and cover areas of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
FCC Awards Spectrum Licenses to AWS-3 Bidders
The FCC today officially granted some winning bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction the licenses allowing them to take ownership of the airwaves. The AWS-3 spectrum auction concluded earlier this year, with AT&T, Dish Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless the top four bidders.
AT&T to Use Auction Winnings to Boost Downlink Performance
AT&T today said its winnings from the recently concluded FCC AWS-3 spectrum auction give it a near contiguous 10x10MHz block of spectrum across much of the country. The J Block spectrum covers 306 million people, or 96% of the U.S.