FCC’s Pai asks Congress to repeal law mandating auction of public-safety T-Band spectrum

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last week took the initial step to conduct a mandated auction of T-Band spectrum to commercial users in February, but he simultaneously urged Congress to repeal the 2012 law requiring the bidding process for public-safety airwaves by describing the notion as “a bad idea.”

SIURCE: Urgent Communications

DATE: May 20, 2020

Pai announced last Friday that he circulated a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to fellow FCC commissioners that would begin to clear a path necessary for an auction of T-Band spectrum (470-512 MHz) to begin by Feb. 22, as required by the same 2012 law that created the FirstNet Authority.

While following the letter of the law, Pai made it clear that he was not happy about it, reiterating his call that Congress should repeal the T-Band auction requirement. READ MORE

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