Saturday, September 14, 2013

U.S. to Auction 10 MHz of Mobile Spectrum Now, 55 MHz More in Feb. 2014

The Federal Communications auction of 10 MHz of spectrum in the 1900 MHz band (1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000). The move has been a bit controversial, as spectrum auctions frequently can be.

Dish and T-Mobile US had urged the FCC to delay the H Block auction, which is adjacent to spectrum Sprint already has in service.

The logic for a delay is that another planned auction of spectrum (AWS-3 M-Block) in February 2015 could be paired with the auction of the H Block spectrum (about 55 MHz worth of spectrum).

But the FCC has decided to move ahead, despite arguments that a delay might be preferable, and potentially more valuable, for T-Mobile US, Dish Network or other competing carriers.

As an old aphorism suggests, “for every public purposes there is a corresponding private interest.”

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