By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 3-3-21

In an unusual alliance, cable operators, Google, Public Knowledge, and others have told Congress the FCC is taking the wrong approach to the upcoming 3.45 -3.55 GHz (3.45 GHz band) auction, in particular the size of the licenses it plans to auction.

Congress mandated in the Consolidated Appropriations Act that the FCC come up with a system of competitive bidding by year’s end for the 100 MHz of spectrum the Defense Department identified.

In a letter to top House and Senate Democrats and Republicans, the groups, which included NCTA-The Internet & Television Association and individual cable/broadband operators, said they were concerned that the large partial economic areas to be licensed, similar to the FCC’s C-band auction, as “proposed would not foster the kind of robust participation and innovation that made the CBRS auction a success.”  » Read More