The Federal Communications Commission has announced its adoption of an order which will increase the Nation’s supply of spectrum for mobile broadband by freeing up to 40 MHz of spectrum, referred to as AWS (advanced wireless services)-4 spectrum, in the 2 GHz band (200-2020 MHZ and 2180-2200MHZ). The order removes regulatory barriers which limited the spectrum to satellite use.

Tammy Sun, FCC Director of Communications stated that “These actions will help meet skyrocketing consumer demand and promote private investment, innovation, and competition, while unlocking billions of dollars of value.”

Additionally the Commission unanimously approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on the auctioning of the adjacent H block. The NPRM implements the Congressional directive in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to grant new initial licenses for the 1915-1920 MHZ and the 1995-2000 MHz bands through competitive bidding.