Acting Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has shared with her colleagues a draft order that proposes to make 100MHz of mid-band spectrum in the 3.45GHz-3.55GHz band available for 5G. If adopted at the Commission’s 17 March Open Meeting, the frequencies could be included in the Auction 110 spectrum sale, which is earmarked to begin in early October 2021.
Ms. Rosenworcel commented: ‘We need to deliver the 5G that the American people were promised. That means a 5G that is fast, secure, resilient, and – most importantly – available across the country. This important auction is a crucial step toward making that a reality. I hope my colleagues will join me in supporting this proposal.’
TeleGeography notes that the next US spectrum sale will be Auction 108, which will comprise frequencies in the 2.5GHz band. (Note: Auction 109 is non-telecoms-related and involves AM and FM construction permits.)