Wireless Industry News

The FCC set a total reserve price of $10.587 billion for the airwaves it will auction in the AWS-3 spectrum auction set for this fall.

The commission also set out complex rules and bidding procedures for the auction, and carriers will bid on both paired and unpaired spectrum blocks in the same auction. That position gives a victory to Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which had opposed proposals from T-Mobile US and Dish Network to effectively split the auction.

In a public notice put out by the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, the FCC set an aggregate reserve price for the 1695-1710 MHz band of around $580 million and a separate aggregate reserve price for the paired 1755-1780 MHz/2155-2180 MHz bands of approximately $10.07 billion. Read the full article