The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly approved draft rules for the auction of the 1900MHz PCS H block, which could take place as early as late-2013 or early-2014. According to Fierce Wireless, at the first commission meeting chaired by acting FCC chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, the watchdog voted unanimously in favour of setting draft auction rules for the spectrum, which can be used for mobile broadband services. Although the technical rules have not been published, the FCC says that the proposal plan will ensure that the use of the H block will not cause interference to adjacent operations in the PCS, or any other spectrum bands, including DISH Network’s 40MHz allocation of 2GHz band frequencies.
The H block is a 10MHz block of paired airwaves that runs from 1915MHz-1920MHz (uplink) and from 1995MHz-2000MHz (downlink); it forms part of the 65MHz allocation of spectrum that Congress mandated for the FCC to auction by February 2015. The spectrum will be licensed on the basis of economic areas around the country.