MOBILE FCC pushes 5G forward with upcoming midband spectrum auction

By: MARGUERITE REARDON

The US Federal Communications Commission is moving forward on its plans to auction off a key sliver of midband spectrum licenses for 5G service. The agency voted unanimously Thursday to seek comment on bidding rules for the auction, which is set to start June 25. 

The 3.5GHz spectrum, known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, is coveted midband spectrum that big carriers like AT&TVerizon and T-Mobile see as valuable for 5G. But it’s also spectrum that small rural fixed wireless service providers say can help them increase speeds and reach more customers.

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