FCC 700 MHz Auction Begins Today
Today marks the start of Auction 73, which is for five blocks of spectrum in the 700MHz band. The blocks, named A through E, all have different characteristics, each with its own reserve price, ranging from $904 million to $4.6 billion. If the reserve prices of any of the blocks aren't met, the FCC will re-auction them and possibly remove any conditions applying to the block. The largest of them, Block C, contains two 11MHz pairs for a total of 22MHz. Block C is also made up of fewer regions, so it is a highly sought after block because it will help the winner create a bigger network. The entire bidding process is completely secret. Bids will be taken every business day in three rounds. The highest bid will be revealed at the end of each round, but not the identity of the highest bidder. The auction will not end until no more bids are made. Only then will the winners be revealed. The process could take over a month to complete. This spectrum is important because it is among the last that can be used for consumer services.
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.
AT&T, Verizon Dominate AWS-3 Auction
The FCC today published a list of companies that placed winning bids for the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The FCC auctioned off 1,600 licenses, for which 70 companies were competing.
Incentive Auction Scheduled for March 29, 2016
The FCC today finalized the rules for the 600MHz reverse incentive auction and set the start date as March 29, 2016. The rules adopted are extensive and address how spectrum will be priced, auctioned, and apportioned to bidders.
FCC's 2016 Reverse Auction Sees Opening Bids Set
The FCC has set opening bids for the 600MHz reverse spectrum auction, scheduled for the middle of 2016. The auction will see television stations give up their spectrum licenses, which will then be sold to wireless companies.
AT&T Unhappy About Dish's AWS-3 Bidding Tactics
AT&T today accused rival Dish Networks of creating artificial demand for spectrum and raising prices in the recently concluded auction for AWS-3 spectrum. Dish itself did not bid in the auction and instead had three smaller companies participate on its behalf.
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