FCC Announces Plans for 1900Mz Radio Spectrum Auction
Published on: 17th Jul 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
The USA's telecoms regulator has indicated that it will auction off a block of licenses in the 1915 1920 MHz ("Lower H Block") and 1995 2000 MHz ("Upper H Block") bands early next year.
It has opened a consultation on the plans for the auction, which will release an addition 10Mhz of spectrum for the mobile networks. A reserve price is being proposed for the spectrum, but that will be set after the consultation closes.
It's expected that the auction will take place in the middle of January, and by law has to take place by March 2015.
The regulator last auctioned off spectrum in the 1900Mhz bands back in 2008.
In a statement, FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai commented that "the sooner we get the currently fallow H Block spectrum into the commercial marketplace, the sooner it can be used to deliver bandwidth-intensive mobile services and applications, and the sooner the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will receive its initial infusion of funds from auction revenues."