8/1/2007

As expected, the FCC on Tuesday announced its rules for next year's auction of the 700-MHz wireless spectrum, following FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's proposal to require one-third of the auctioned spectrum to be subject to "open access." The FCC declined to devote some spectrum to wholesale service, but it decided that 10 MHz of the airwaves must be used to give the country's emergency responders access to wireless-broadband service. CTIA - The Wireless Association® applauded the FCC for not restricting the number of auction participants, but CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent said he was
"disappointed that a significant portion of this valuable spectrum will be encumbered with mandates that could significantly reduce the number of interested bidders."

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