Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for October Open Meeting, Mid-Band Spectrum Auction Underway
FCC Announces Tentative Agenda for October Open Meeting
The FCC announced its tentative agenda for the Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 26, 2021:
- National Security Matter – The Commission will consider a national security matter.
- Updating Digital Television Table of Allotments – The Commission will consider an Order that will update the digital television Table of Allotments and delete or revise rules rendered obsolete by the broadcast incentive auction and the digital television transition. (GN Docket No. 12-268)
- Selecting Third Round of Applicants for Connected Care Pilot Program – The Commission will consider a Public Notice announcing the third round of selections for the Commission’s Connected Care Pilot Program to provide Universal Service Fund support for health care providers making connected care services available directly to patients. (WC Docket No. 18-213)
- Disaster Communications Field Hearing – The Commission will conduct a virtual field hearing on communications recovery and resiliency during disasters. The Commission will hear testimony about communications issues during and following Hurricane Ida and other recent disasters.
Mid-Band Spectrum Auction Underway
Auction 110, seeking bids for licenses 3.45 GHz Band, opened this week. The mid-band spectrum auction will support next generation wireless services – including 5G. Auction 110 will make 100 megahertz of contiguous midband spectrum available for commercial use this year. “We are moving with record speed and collaboration to free up more mid-band spectrum for 5G,” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “These airwaves are a critical part of unlocking the 5G promise everywhere in the country. Auction proceeds must cover 110% of the expected sharing and relocation costs for federal users currently operating in the band – in this case $14,775,354,330 – based on a January 14, 2021 estimate from NTIA.
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