US starts incentive auction for 600 MHz band2016-03-31 03:05 by Daniela
The FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has launched the most sophisticated and complex spectrum auction ever. It is so special because it's likely the last time the government will be able to auction off such spectrum.
The subject of the auction, the 600MHz band is low-band spectrum which works reliably through walls and across great distances, and it can help the carriers keep up with ever-increasing customer demands for coverage.Traditionally it has been used to transmit TV signals.
"In just a few hours, we mark the beginning of the world’s first Incentive Auction, which will align the use of the public airwaves to meet America's 21st century spectrum needs," Wheeler said in a statement "If broadband Internet service is an engine for economic growth, then mobile broadband has been its booster rocket, creating a platform for innovation, competition and new markets. The Incentive Auction promises to free up more capacity to meet Americans' skyrocketing demand for wireless data while preserving the valuable service that broadcast TV stations provide to their communities."
"This auction is pivotal to making more spectrum available for commercial wireless use so that Americans can continue to enjoy a mobile-first lifestyle," CTIA CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said in a statement.
It is expected that after the auction is finished, wireless carriers should have more bandwidth to deliver services to mobile-hungry consumers.
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