FCC approves H Block auction

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The Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved Dec. 11 the auctioning this spring of the H block swath of spectrum, with some proceeds to be utilized in build-out of the national public safety broadband network.

The H Block consists of 10 megahertz of spectrum in the 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands; it's adjacent to spectrum licensed by Dish Network, which the commission also said Dec. 11 can be repurposed for terrestrial network usage.

"Only the PCS H Block is entirely cleared of incumbents, paired as expansion spectrum with the core PCS band, and available for immediate wireless broadband use," Sprint noted in a July 24 FCC filing (.pdf).

For more:
- read an FCC press release about the H Block auction and Dish network decision

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