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FCC Might Re-Auction 700MHz D Block Next Summer

The FCC plans to try re-auctioning D Block spectrum that failed to sell in 2008.

Two years ago, the agency parceled out pieces of the 700MHz band to winning bidder – all except for the D Block, set aside for public safety use. Too many operators opposed the conditions attached to the band, so it languished unsold.

The FCC told Reuters last week that a new auction could happen in the first or second quarter of 2011.

Companies including T-Mobile are said to be interested in the 10MHz of spectrum, to better compete with large rivals. The only trouble is, consumer broadband use could be interrupted when first responders need an interoperable communications system during disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


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