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The Spectrum Auction: Big Money and Lots of Unanswered Questions
January/February 2008 (vol. 12 no. 1)
pp. 66-70
Michael R. Kelley, George Mason University
Since 1994, the US Federal Communications Commission has conducted 82 auctions of radio-frequency spectrum. Of these, 14 have been for microwave spectrum (above 1,000 MHz), which can be used for fixed and mobile broadband services. Often postponed, the upcoming 700-MHz auction is finally scheduled to begin on 24 January 2008. On the block will be the largest amount of mobile, broadband UHF spectrum ever auctioned in the US. The FCC hopes this latest auction will net at least US$10 billion, but it will probably bring in billions more.
Index Terms:
public policy, broadband spectrum, auction, spectrum auction
Citation:
Michael R. Kelley, "The Spectrum Auction: Big Money and Lots of Unanswered Questions," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 66-70, Jan.-Feb. 2008, doi:10.1109/MIC.2008.23
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