Last Friday, the FCC released its approved bidder list for the ongoing 600 MHz spectrum auction which includes 28 companies who have been given “rural wireless bidding credits,” reports telecompetitor.com. These credits will enable rural carriers to submit bids that are 15% higher than they will actually have to pay in order to obtain spectrum.
Phase 1 of the auction concluded last
month, and Phase 2, in which carriers bid on spectrum television
stations are willing to relinquish, is expected to begin next month. Spectrum
used for television is well suited for rural deployment due to its
wide-ranging propagation, decreasing the number of towers needed to
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