DOD's prized mid-band spectrum to be protected from 'carte blanche' auction, lawmaker says

By Jason Sherman / September 15, 2023 at 4:06 PM
The telecommunications industry will not receive "carte blanche" to auction off lower portions of the mid-band electromagnetic spectrum that are critical to U.S. military air and missile defense capabilities, the Defense and Commerce departments have determined in a long-anticipated report, according to a lawmaker briefed on not-yet-public findings. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), who has raised concerns all year about the risk of repurposing 3.1–3.45 GHz for telecommunications companies to develop the 5G commercial market, disclosed a key finding of what...

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