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C-Band Spectrum Moves One Step Closer to Auction

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Anticipation of the next large auction of mid-band spectrum is growing as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moves forward to clear the c-band spectrum and prepare for the competitive bidding process to begin.

On February 28, 2020, the FCC adopted the rules that would allow for 300 MHz of spectrum in the lower portion of the c-band spectrum to be cleared, with 280 MHz being subject to a competitive bidding process.  The c-band order has provided the necessary relocation costs to existing incumbents, including c-band fixed-service satellite users, incumbent space station operators, and incumbent earth station operators by using the FCC’s emerging technologies framework.  This valuable mid-band spectrum will be made available for 5G. 

On August 6, 2020, the FCC approved the bidding process for this spectrum.  This  ensures that those interested in deploying next generation mobile technology have the opportunity to bid on this valuable spectrum, all of which is expected to be completed by the early clearing deadline of December 2021.

The auction of the c-band spectrum is expected to begin on December 8, 2020, and its deployment for 5G use will benefit all Americans through increased speed and capacity, while helping the U.S. retain its global telecommunications leadership.