The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that it has delayed the start of the 1900MHz H block spectrum auction by eight days, as a result of the 16-day government shutdown earlier this month. The auction was scheduled to commence on 14 January 2014, but will now begin on 22 January instead. In a public notice the watchdog confirmed: ‘These schedule changes are necessary to give potential bidders and commission staff additional time for planning and preparation’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the auction represents the regulator’s first major spectrum sale since 2008. The bidding process, which is designated as ‘Auction 96’, will comprise frequencies in the 1915MHz-1920MHz (Lower H block) and 1995MHz-2000MHz (Upper H block) bands. The spectrum will be auctioned in 176 individual Economic Areas across the country.