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.
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.
FCC Approves 70 Bidders for AWS-3 Auction
The FCC today published a list of entities approved to bid in the upcoming auction for AWS-3 spectrum. A total of 70 companies qualified to participate in the auction, which begins November 13.
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.
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.