FCC Schedules H Block Auction for January 2014
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that Auction 96, which will sell spectrum licenses in the H Block, will begin on January 14, 2014. Before today, the schedule and rules regarding the auction were tentative. The H Block includes the 1915-1920MHz and 1995-2000MHz bands. In addition to firming up the date, the FCC also fully adopted previously proposed procedures, reserve price, and minimum opening bids for the auction. The FCC suggests that interested parties begin familiarizing themselves with the rules. This auction is expected to draw interest from Sprint, which owns spectrum that abuts the H block, among others.
FCC Auction Tops $31B as FCC Looks to 2016
Licenses for AWS-3 spectrum being auctioned off by the FCC are drawing far more interest than the agency hoped. Bids surpassed a total of $31 billion today during the 24th round.
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 Finalizes 30MHz Reserve for 600MHz Auction
The FCC today formally rejected T-Mobile's bid to set aside more low-band spectrum for smaller carriers in next year's 600MHz auction. T-Mobile wanted to see a total of 40MHz of the valuable low-band airwaves set aside for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
AWS-3 Auction Slows as Bids Near $42 Billion
The FCC today made another change to how participants in the AWS-3 spectrum auction place their bids. Before round 68, interested parties had to make bids on 80% of the licenses for which they were eligible.