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.
List of Spectrum Bidders Holds No Surprises
The FCC revealed on Wednesday that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless - three of the nation's top four carriers - plan to participate in the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction. Dish Networks also plans to bid for airwaves, alongside myriad smaller entities.
Opening Round of AWS-3 Auction Nets $1.77B in Bids
Wireless and other companies began bidding on AWS-3 spectrum licenses today, which are being auctioned off by the FCC. The initial round of bidding totaled about $1.77 billion for 1,012 of the 1,614 available licenses.
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.