Monday, January 07, 2008

Here comes the US 700MHz wireless auction

On January 24, the US Federal Communications Commission will auction off 62MHz of spectrum in the 700MHz band, where ultra-high frequency broadcast television channels operate today. This frequency range is perfect for high-bandwidth, long-distance propagation--i.e., wireless broadband.

We've written in this space that the US desperately needs more broadband options (see here and here). So this auction could (hopefully will) help reshape the broadband competitive landscape. Over the course of the auction, Shop Talk will post on its progress, the main players, and what it could mean for the US wireless and broadband industry.

Stay tuned.

To whet your appetite, read these excellent posts from Gregory Rose's Econoklastic blog covering all the companies that have registered to participate in the auction (1, 2, 3).

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