Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Saturday, 25 August 2007 09:40

FCC sets date for 700MHz band auction

Written by David Stellmack

Image

Known as “Auction 73”


The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) has finally set an auction date of January 16, 2008 for commencement of bidding for five portions of available analog 700 MHz spectrum.  As we reported earlier, this spectrum is available due to television broadcasters converting from analog to digital bandwidth as mandated U.S. regulations by 2009. 

The FCC has officially named the auction “Auction 73.”  The proceeds from the auction will go to the U.S. Treasury Department and some analysts are speculating that the auction total could yield as much as US$20 billion.  The FCC has divided the 700MHz band into five blocks for bidding, labeled “A” through “E” and will issue a total of just 1,099 licenses for all blocks. 

The FCC posted its notice of the auction date last week and has requested public comments on its proposed rules by August 31st.  FCC rules call for the auction bidders’ identities and each bid amount to remain secret and not be publicly released until each round of bidding has been completed.  Bidding will be done anonymously in order to help enforce the FCC’s anti-collusion rules and to encourage competition among bidders.

One of the largest blocks in Auction 73 is “C” Block, which includes two sub-Blocks, C1 and C2.  The FCC has set a reserve price of US$4.6 billion for these two blocks, which will reportedly be used to meet the demands for open networks and devices and software and hardware applications to serve public interest groups.  C Block bidding will be subject to “package bidding” procedures, in which the packages are divided into 12 Regional Area Economic Groupings. This procedure was arrived at after the FCC conducted experimental economic testing and examined academic research on the subject.

All bids must be submitted for Auction 73 by January 28, 2008.

Read full story here.

Last modified on Saturday, 25 August 2007 14:34

David Stellmack

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments