FCC Carves Out 65MHz of AWS-3 Spectrum for Broadband
The Federal Communications Commission today formally adopted a Report and Order that sets flexible-use regulatory, licensing, and technical rules for a 65MHz swatch of spectrum. The spectrum rests in the AWS-3 band, which includes 1695-1710MHz, 1755-1780MHz, and 2155-2180MHz. According to the FCC, the Report and Order divvies the spectrum up into "a mix of spectrum block and geographic license area sizes to meet the needs of large and small wireless providers." The FCC is requiring that all AWS-3 devices be interoperable in the defined AWS-3 spectrum bands, and that AWS-3 devices also be interoperable with AWS-1 spectrum. Some of the 65MHz set aside for mobile broadband will be shared initially with incumbent federal agencies that already use the spectrum while they transition to other frequencies. The FCC has not yet decided on a timeline for auctioning off the AWS-3 spectrum.
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.
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.
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.