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FCC vote on incentive auction plan could further open broadband competition

Grant Gross | April 21, 2014
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will reserve a significant amount of spectrum in its upcoming auctions of the television band for unlicensed uses such as Wi-Fi, agency officials said Friday.

The FCC's auction plan will focus on providing a "near nationwide" swath of spectrum to be sold in blocks and will attempt to work around spectrum shortages in markets with a lot of TV stations, officials said.

After the auction ends, participating TV stations will have 39 months to clear the sold spectrum, the FCC said.

 

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