TR Daily: AWS-3 Auction Closes With Record $44.9B in Bids

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction closed Thursday, January 29th, after 341 rounds and 45 days, garnering a record $44.9 billion in gross bids. In comparison, all FCC auctions before the AWS-3 sale generated just more than $53 billion in net proceeds to the U.S. Treasury.

David Taylor, executive director of the Wireless Broadband Coalition, weighed in on the conclusion of the historic auction. “The record-setting AWS-3 auction results demonstrate that the wireless industry values cleared, paired, internationally-harmonized spectrum allocations. The results also suggest that the federal relocation process reforms contained in the 2012 Spectrum Act aimed at reducing risks for both relocating federal agencies and prospective auction bidders worked better than most analysts anticipated.”

Politico: WBC & CTIA International Harmonization Report Released

This morning, the WBC and CTIA issued a press release announcing their global status report and map on the allocation of the 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz spectrum.  The report shows 17 of the G-20 countries, all but Argentina, Canada and the United States, have at a minimum allocated both bands for commercial use.

The report was featured in this morning’s Politico Morning Tech. ”CTIA, along with the Wireless Broadband Coalition, wants those bands paired and reallocated for commercial use, and are looking to leverage international data to get the U.S. government on board. ‘Internationally harmonized spectrum is appealing to carriers because it reduces network development and deployment costs,’ WBC Executive Director David Taylor said in a statement. ‘Having more equipment readily available also reduces network deployment schedules. Our research clearly shows that these bands are internationally harmonized.’”

Read our press release for more information.

David Taylor Speaks on TechAmerica Panel Addressing Sequestration

On Monday, October 22nd, 2012, David Taylor spoke on a panel at TechAmerica entitled “The Potential Impact of Sequestration on Non-Defense Federal Agencies” along with other experts. The presentation focused on the context of the current budget situation and the possible effects of sequestration on non-defense agencies.

Information about the event, including David Taylor’s presentation, can be found at:

Wireless Broadband Coalition Calls for More Cleared, Paired, Internationally-Harmonized Spectrum Below 3GHz

The Wireless Broadband Coalition (WBC) and 6 other associations representing companies in the technology and telecommunications sectors wrote to the bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to press for more licensed spectrum allocations.

“More cleared, paired, internationally-harmonized spectrum allocations below 3 GHz are needed and needed soon. America’s economy and its global leadership in mobile broadband depend on it.”

Click here to see the text of the letter.