FCC Announces Initial Applicants for 2.5 GHz Spectrum

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The FCC said that 157 Tribal applications for 2.5 GHz 5G spectrum have passed their initial reviews.

The commission is auctioning spectrum in the band but before that gave Tribes a first-of-its-kind priority window to get spectrum for free to help close the digital divide in Indian Country.

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The 157 applications have not been approved, but they have been deemed complete and will now be put out for public comment before final action.

Successful applicants will get up to 117.5 MHz of spectrum, with the rest of the spectrum to be auctioned next year.

“This FCC has taken aggressive action to address the digital divide on Tribal lands, and the 2.5 GHz Tribal Priority Window has been perhaps the most significant yet,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai. “Tribal entities showed a strong interest in obtaining this spectrum, with over 400 applications received."

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.