The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has removed 19 licences from its Auction 108 inventory, after establishing that the list published on 21 March list did not account for all ‘cancelled, terminated or expired licences that were granted waivers for late-filed renewals’. Further, the watchdog issued the following warning to prospective bidders: ‘We remind interested parties to conduct their own due diligence regarding licences available in Auction 108. We note, in particular, that there will be a substantial number of licences in inventory where the amount of unassigned area or unassigned spectrum is very small.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Auction 108 will include 5G-suitable spectrum in the 2496MHz-2690MHz (2.5GHz) band and get underway on 29 July. The auction, which will utilise an ‘ascending clock’ format, will offer approximately 8,000 new flexible-use, county-based overlay licences. These concessions cover mostly rural areas, with the spectrum unassigned following a Rural Tribal Priority Window, which resulted in the grant of 335 licences to serve Tribal communities.