FCC schedules first spectrum auction in more than five years

FCC schedules first spectrum auction in more than five years

The FCC announced Friday that, on January 14, 2014, it will be auctioning off the first major piece of spectrum to hit the market since 2008, the board announced today. The auction will offer up 10 MHz from the H-Block, currently used for PCS service, for a minimum of $1.56 billion. Analysts expect Sprint to be the major bidder for the spectrum, as the company has expressed interest in the H block before , but Dish Network already controls spectrum adjacent to the bandwidth and could make a strong play on that basis. Unlike the FCC’s planned incentive auctions , which will offer broadcasters money in exchange for shifting spectrum over to the wireless industry, this spectrum is considered underused, and the revenue will be directed to the…

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FCC schedules first spectrum auction in more than five years

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