[opendtv] News: Way cleared for large U.S. spectrum auction

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2005 09:08:38 -0500


Way cleared for large U.S. spectrum auction

  Mobile Pipeline
(12/30/2005 9:27 AM EST)

  A government report released this week paves the way to a 
large-scale auction of wireless spectrum next year that will help 
U.S. cellular carriers expand their data and voice offerings.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) 
said in a report that it will cost far less than initially expected 
to move federal government users out of the 1710-1755 MHz band of 
spectrum. Transitioning government users out of that portion of 
spectrum paves opens up that spectrum for wireless operators, which 
can bid for the spectrum in an auction.

"With 90 megahertz of additional spectrum, today's cellular carriers 
will be tomorrow's next-generation broadband providers," Michael D. 
Gallagher, assistant secretary of Commerce for Communications and 
Information said in a statement. "We found a way to open up 'beach 
front' spectrum for key economic activity without jeopardizing our 
national security."

NTIA is a department of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Twelve U.S. 
agencies, including the Department of Defense, have been using the 
portion of spectrum in question. The findings were transmitted by the 
NTIA to the FCC, which manages spectrum and other wireless issues.

The report found that more than 2200 frequency assignments used by 
the federal agencies can be re-located for about $935 million, far 
less than previously expected. The cost to the government will be 
recovered through the auction.
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