Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 3:36am
FCC PREPARES FOR ANOTHER BIG SPECTRUM AUCTION
[SOURCE: TelecomDirect News]
Currently in the midst of an advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum auction whose bids have already approached $13.6 billion, the Federal Communications Commission is now gearing up for a 2007 contest on radio frequencies collectively known the 1.4 GHz bands for both fixed and mobile services. The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau said Auction No. 69 slated for Feb. 7, 2007 would involve a total of 64 licenses in the paired 1392-1395 MHz and 1432-1435 MHz bands, and in the unpaired 1390-1392 MHz band. The commission appears relatively open on the permissible services that will be allowed to winning licensees, suggesting that any combination of fixed and mobile applications could include local loop Internet access, high speed data transmission only, advanced two-way mobile and/or paging services. The auction is now at the stage of the FCC seeking comments and replies by Sept. 11 and Sept. 18, respectively, on rules, regulations and procedures. This involves official bureau proposals for upfront payments, bidding eligibility, minimum acceptable and opening bid amounts, reserve prices, simultaneous multiple rounds, package bidding, rule waivers, conditions that can stop bidding, provisionally winning bids, the removal/withdrawal process, defaults, post auction matters and numerous other criteria.
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