FCC issues proposed rules for auction, eyes fall 2014 sale

The Federal Communications Commission kicked off the comment period for a wireless spectrum auction that it hopes to hold in late 2014 while proposing rules that call for the Department of Defense to transfer some of its frequencies for wireless use. The FCC said the auction, in which broadcast stations would voluntarily sell spectrum, would include the 1755-to-1780 MHz band sought by wireless providers. Members of the House Communications subcommittee bickered Tuesday over the auction rules, specifically on whether the FCC should set aside some licenses for smaller carriers.

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