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FCC: H Block Spectrum Auction January 14
by Karl Bode 09:09AM Monday Sep 16 2013
The FCC has announced in a public notice that the agency will hold an auction for spectrum in the 1900 MHz PCS H Block on January 14, 2014, with a minimum price set of $1.56 billion. That's the first major spectrum auction held by the agency since 2008, with Sprint and T-Mobile expected to be the most interested bidders. There had been some debate over whether the FCC should auction off the H block by itself, or wait and pair this spectrum with a selection of other spectrum the agency is required to auction off by 2015. Proceeds from this auction are expected to go toward finally building the nation's first nationwide emergency broadband network, FirstNet.

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Looks like it is in the bag for Sprint

The FCC members have disagreed about whether to do the auction in Jan or later. 1 commissioner wants to do it now and 1 later. Sounds like Sprint has the inside track on more spectrum best used in cities.

»www.fiercewireless.com/story/fcc···13-09-13

Rosenworcel said she disagreed with the commission's decision to split the H Block from other upcoming auctions. She said in a statement that "holding a single auction of all 65 MHz at once is bound to yield more interest, more bidders, and more revenue than dividing this spectrum up and holding an auction of the 10 MHz H block alone.

Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clybrun praised the FCC's action. "This will be the first major spectrum auction since 2008, and will help close the spectrum gap as well as contributing to the goal of making mobile broadband available to our nation's first responders," she said in a statement.

"Bringing this valuable 10 MHz of paired spectrum into the commercial marketplace as soon as possible will benefit Americans in two ways," Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said in his own statement.

The FCC said in a public notice that it will start an auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block on Jan. 14, 2014, its first major spectrum auction since 2008. The auction is likely to draw interest from Sprint, while Dish Network has signaled it will likely not participate.

T-Mobile US had been urging the FCC to delay the H Block auction until later so that it could be put together with other spectrum bands the FCC must auction by February 2015, as mandated by Congress. T-Mobile, in particular, is interested in those other airwaves....

T-Mobile and others are also worried that Sprint may wind up being the sole bidder for the spectrum.

FCC said the H Block auction, dubbed Auction 96, will have a reserve price of $1.56 billion... The H Block is a 10 MHz block of paired airwaves that runs from 1915-1920 MHz (for the uplink) and from 1995-2000 MHz (for the downlink). The H Block is part of 65 MHz of spectrum Congress mandated the FCC to auction by February 2015.


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Re: Looks like it is in the bag for Sprint

No reason for at&t or Verizon to bid. It useless for them. Only other bidder would be Dish Network. I expect Sprint to win this auction.

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Re: Looks like it is in the bag for Sprint

Only 1.56 billion?

Let me grab my penny jar.
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I'd expect carriers like AT&T/VZW/T-Mobile to bid - for the sole purpose of raising the cost of doing business for Sprint.

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Re: Looks like it is in the bag for Sprint

This isn't Storage Wars. No one has any idea what the other are bidding. So if you bid you might actually. for $1.56 billion you better have need for that spectrum. At&t and Verizon don't.

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Their next step will probably be LTE 1900, and in some markets they're a bit short on spectrum to do this effectively.
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Make money then give it right back

quote:
Proceeds from this auction are expected to go toward finally building the nation's first nationwide emergency broadband network, FirstNet.

So they'll take this money and pay one of the big telcos to build a network, then the gov will be a user on that network and pay the big telcos a monthly fee to use this "nations" emergency broadband network.

We didn't win WW2 because we paid Howard Hughes to hire an army and go kick Hitler's ass.

And no, it's not cheaper, that is a lie.
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Re: Make money then give it right back

said by firephoto:

quote:
Proceeds from this auction are expected to go toward finally building the nation's first nationwide emergency broadband network, FirstNet.

So they'll take this money and pay one of the big telcos to build a network, then the gov will be a user on that network and pay the big telcos a monthly fee to use this "nations" emergency broadband network.

I missed where this was said. Link please.

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Re: Make money then give it right back

Do you really think the government will even be allowed by the big telcos to build a nationwide wireless broadband network all by themselves for their own use, eliminating the need for millions of dollars of data contracts from the telcos.? That's not going to happen.
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