FCC to auction Educational Broadband Service spectrum band
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday voted 3-2 to auction a key band of underused 2.5 GHz spectrum to help advance next-generation 5G wireless networks and scrap requirements that it be used for education.
The mid-band spectrum was reserved in the 1960s for what is now known as the Educational Broadband Service. Sprint Corp (S.N) uses leased spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band in its existing 4G network and 5G network that it is being rolled out.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the commission was taking “a major step toward freeing up critical mid-band spectrum for 5G. At long last, we remove the burdensome restrictions on this band, allowing incumbents greater flexibility in their use of the spectrum and introduce a spectrum auction that will ensure that this public resource is finally devoted to its highest-valued use.”