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C-Band Auction Worth Up $40 Billion, FCC to Weigh Rival Plans

July 3, 2019, 10:50 AM

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Satellite companies, wireless carriers, cable providers, and telecom groups are backing rival plans to auction a swath of airwaves—from 3.7 gigahertz to 4.2 gigahertz—seen as ideal for fostering fifth-generation networks. Today’s the last day for them to file comments with the Federal Communications Commission.

More, Better, Faster: The airwaves, called C-band, are now used to provide video feeds to cable and TV outlets. The FCC is considering how much spectrum to clear for wireless carriers...

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