FCC Forms Incentive Auction Task Force
The Federal Communications Commission today announced the formation of a task force to oversee incentive auctions. The idea behind the incentive auctions is to deploy market forces and a market-based mechanism to repurpose spectrum for flexible use, including mobile broadband. Owners of television broadcast spectrum will be allowed to auction their spectrum assets to others willing to use them for mobile broadband services. Incentive auctions are part of the FCC's National Broadband Plan. The task force, which is being spearheaded by Ruth Milkman, will oversee and manage the incentive auction processes and associated legislation.
Jul 10, 2019
At today's FCC meeting, the Commission voted to approve two actions that will open up four radio frequency bands to new 5G service. Three of the bands are ultra-high mmWave frequencies near 40 GHz, while the fourth is mid-band, near 2.5 GHz.
Apr 17, 2018
The FCC hopes to commence two separate auctions for mmWave spectrum in November of this year. Auction 101 for 28 GHz licenses will kick off November 14, with Auction 102 for 24 GHz lenses to follow immediately thereafter.
May 14, 2018
Two of the country's largest wireless lobbying organizations have asked the FCC to consider auctioning off the 37, 39, and 42 GHz bands at the same time it auctions off the 24 GHz band. The agency believes the 24 GHz band is prime real estate for forthcoming 5G service, and it has a loose schedule for that auction.
Dec 12, 2018
The FCC today took measures that will lead to an auction for 5G spectrum in 2019. The agency adopted new rules to make a total of 3,400 MHz of mmWave spectrum available in the 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands.