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Pai Statement on Upcoming Auction of H Block Spectrum Licenses

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Released: July 15, 2013

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July 15, 2013
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STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

ON UPCOMING AUCTION OF H BLOCK SPECTRUM LICENSES

I welcome today's Public Notice from the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
which, among other things, announces that we will be ready to auction licenses to the H Block
spectrum on January 14, 2014. The Commission last held a major auction over five years ago,
and consumer demand for mobile data has grown exponentially since. I've proposed conducting
this auction by late 2013 or early 2014 for two basic reasons. The sooner we get the currently
fallow H Block spectrum into the commercial marketplace, the sooner it can be used to deliver
bandwidth-intensive mobile services and applications, and the sooner the First Responder
Network Authority (FirstNet) will receive its initial infusion of funds from auction revenues. Of
course, getting the auction rules and procedures right is extremely important. I encourage
commenters to provide comprehensive feedback so that there is a robust record upon which to
issue final auction procedures, and I hope that we will commence the H Block auction on
January 14, 2014.

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