The FCC signaled it plans to auction the 1695-1710 MHz band and the 1755-1780 MHz band, as early as 2014, reports Fierce Wireless.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski wrote a letter to Lawrence Strickling (pdf), head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. By law, the FCC needs to notify the NTIA at least 18 months prior to the start of any auction.
The NTIA identified the 1695-1710 band for reallocation from federal to nonfederal use. The FCC will transfer it to commercial use and license it by February 2015.
Additionally, the 2155-2180 MHz band, which the CTIA has urged be paired with the 1755-1780 MHz band, needs to be allocated and licensed for commercial use by 2015. The FCC included the 1755-1780 MHz band in its notice to the NTIA so it would have the ability to auction it at a later date. T-Mobile USA has been pushing to get ahold of those frequencies for commercial use.
The commission also plans to auction the 1900 MHZ PCS “H Block”, this year. It’s paired with 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz, and Sprint Nextel and Dish Network will likely be among the bidders. It adjoins Sprint-Nextel’s “G Block”, where they currently provide FD-LTE service.