FCC Announces 600 MHz Incentive Auction Results; Consumers Benefit Most
Washington, DC – April 13, 2017 – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) announced the conclusion and results of the 600 MHz incentive auction. Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) commends the Commission for its work on the auction from beginning to end and encourages the FCC to ensure the repacking process is timely and within the congressionally-based 39-month timeframe.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, “The conclusion of the 600 MHz incentive auction marks an important day for consumers, the wireless industry, and the economy. The FCC and Congress should be commended for facilitating this first-of-its-kind auction and ensuring that competitive carriers were able to acquire additional spectrum to serve rural and remote areas of the United States. Valuable 600 MHz spectrum will allow competitive carriers to satisfy consumers’ increasing demands for ubiquitous mobile service, and will benefit competition throughout the marketplace. Also important, over $7 billion will be allocated to the U.S. Treasury to reduce the federal deficit – a win for the economy and American taxpayer alike.”
“I agree with FCC Chairman Pai that consumers are the real winners. Next up: the repacking process. I cannot stress enough the importance for the Commission to stick to or expedite the congressionally-based 39-month timeframe to relocate this spectrum. Broadcasters have now won $10.05 billion in revenue, and the auction itself has topped the charts in FCC auction history – garnering a whopping $19.8 billion in gross revenues, second only to the AWS-3 auction. And, the nearly $20 billion in gross revenue from the 600 MHz incentive auction is the capstone for an estimated total of about $66.5 billion in gross revenue generated by the 2012 Spectrum Act. With these numbers in mind, the FCC should continue to ignore frivolous requests to extend the repacking timeframe – any delay would be a detriment to competition, the public interest and the economy. It has been a busy time for those participating in the auction, and we look forward to our continued work with the Commission to ensure the repacking process is timely and successful to bring this auction to its conclusion.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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