FCC Declines To Adopt Rule Providing For The Preservation of One Vacant UHF Channel For Use By White Space Devices And Wireless Microphones

The FCC declined to adopt rules proposed in the Commission’s 2015 NPRM, Amendment of Parts 15, 73 and 74 of the Commission’s Rules, to Provide for the Preservation of One Vacant Channel in the UHF Television Band for Use by White Space Devices and Wireless Microphones. See Report and Order for full details.

FCC Begins Major 5G Spectrum Auction

The FCC kicked off its latest 5G spectrum auction on December 8, 2020, making available 280 megahertz of prime mid-band spectrum in the 3.7-3.98 GHz band—a portion of the C-band. This is the FCC’s largest mid-band 5G spectrum auction to date.“This is a big day for American consumers and U.S. leadership in 5G,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “By freeing up this wide swath of critical mid-band spectrum, the FCC is paving the way for Americans to receive fast 5G wireless services. Together with the recent success of our 3.5 GHz band auction, our work to auction the 2.5 GHz and 3.45 GHz bands in 2021, and the other ground-breaking spectrum auctions we’ve held since 2017, our 5G FAST Plan is in full swing. American consumers and businesses will benefit from this FCC’s efforts for years to come.” See News Release for full details.