TR Daily Maximum Number of Blocks Available for Millimeter-Wave Auction
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Maximum Number of Blocks Available for Millimeter-Wave Auction

In initial commitments filed ahead of Auction 103, which will offer spectrum in the upper 37 gigahertz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands, all incumbents in the 39 gigahertz band committed to relinquishing their 39 GHz licenses, and thus the maximum possible number of generic license blocks will be available in the auction in every partial economic area (PEA) in both category M/N and category P, the FCC announced today in a public notice released in GN dockets 14-177 and AU docket 19-59.

Specifically, there will be 24 license blocks available in category M/N (10 blocks in the upper 37 GHz band and 14 blocks in the 39 GHz band, for a total of 2,400 megahertz of contiguous spectrum) and 10 blocks in category P (for a separate 1,000 MHz of contiguous spectrum from 47.2–48.2 GHz).

“In addition, none of the incumbent 39 GHz licensees filed a request for waiver by the August 16, 2019, filing deadline seeking assurance regarding the assignment of frequencies for modified licenses. Consequently, the assignment phase bidding procedures will be unaffected by the grant of any such waiver(s),” the notice said.

Incumbents had the option of (1) accepting modified licenses based on the Commission’s proposed reconfigured holdings for the band, (2) accepting modified licenses based on an acceptable alternative configuration that they submit, or (3) relinquishing their spectrum rights in exchange for an incentive payment as well as eligibility to bid on new licenses in the auction (TR Daily, July 30).

The auction is scheduled to begin Dec. 10. —Lynn Stanton, [email protected]

MainStory: FederalNews FCC SpectrumAllocation

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