Amendment of the Commission’s Rules With Regard to Commercial Operations in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz Bands, GN Docket No. 13-185
The Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”), CTIA – The Wireless Association® (“CTIA”) and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association (“NTCA”) (collectively the “Wireless Industry Representatives”) filed a letter to supplement the Commission’s record in its ongoing proceeding regarding the AWS-3 auction. This auction will unleash an additional 65 megahertz of mobile broadband spectrum and is expected to play a vital role in addressing the wireless industry’s continued need for spectrum. Wireless Industry Representatives proposed steps the Commission can take to promote auction participation and provide certainty and clarity to potential bidders. Specifically, Wireless Industry Representatives expressed concern that the Commission’s “former defaulter” rule will inhibit auction participation, and suggest an alternative policy the Commission can follow to ensure that participating bidders are able to make final payments on any licenses they may win.