The FCC has decided to launch its first 5G spectrum auctions targeting 6,000 licenses in the 28-GHZ and 24-GHz bands.
The decision was taken after voting for the auction. The vote was unanimous, though FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn concurred, which was short of full-throated support given some concerns she had with portions of the item.
The auction for 28-GHz spectrum will begin Nov. 14, with the 24-GHz auction following immediately after the first auction’s conclusion.
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel criticized the late decision by FCC. “lt is troubling that this agency has watched as South Korea, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Romania have already announced plans for 5G auctions,” she said. “Today, thankfully, this agency takes steps to put ourselves back in the running. I’m glad my colleagues are ready to get back on track. Today we schedule our first 5G auction and finally get out of the starting gate.”
“It’s important to mention that we will be able to commence spectrum auctions later this year because of recent legislative action,” FCC chair Ajit Pai said. “I’m grateful to Congress for passing, and the President for signing, legislation fixing a technical problem involving upfront payments by auction bidders for spectrum.”