FCC moves ahead with airwaves auction

Source: Celia King, The Washington Post

The five-member Federal Communications Commission approved a proposal for how the auction of broadcaster’s airwaves will be collected and then resold to eager wireless carriers. The airwaves will be used to expand mobile broadband Internet networks and beef up coverage where carriers already operate to meet the explosive growth of mobile Internet use. The FCC’s move is the first step in a long and complicated process that could take at least three years before consumers see any difference in their wireless service, analysts say. The agency will take public comments on its proposal before voting on a final rule. The FCC aims to begin its auction to wireless carriers in 2014.

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