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News | 10/21/2003 4:00 am EDT

FCC releases 3G service rules
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released the rules for the auction of the 1710-1755 MHz and 2110-2155 MHz bands, the two bands identified last November as the key real estate for 3G. The FCC has designed the auction in a manner that will allow smaller companies to acquire spectrum. Fifteen percent of the bidding credits will apply for small businesses that meet the definition set out in the broadband PCS auction. One-quarter of bidding credits will apply for very small companies. The spectrum has been divided into two 20 MHz blocks, two 10 MHz blocks and one 30 MHz block. Industry Canada has now begun its 3G process and is seeking comment on the use of these same two bands (see article in this issue for more information).

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