Commissioner Pai Statement on Closing of H Block Auction
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2014
Matthew Berry (202) 418-2005
STATEMENT OF FCC COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI
ON CLOSING OF H BLOCK AUCTIONI am pleased that the Commission has completed its first spectrum auction in six
years. This was no easy task. In light of once intractable issues surrounding the H Block, the
Commission worked together, took steps to ensure that the auction would yield maximum
revenue, and refrained from saddling the spectrum with unnecessary conditions. As a result, we
have raised $1.564 billion from spectrum that used to be viewed as almost worthless. While I
might not have agreed with every single decision that was made in connection with this auction,
I believe that commencing this auction in January was the right call and applaud then-
Chairwoman Clyburn for her decision to do so. I also commend the Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau for its hard work on this important endeavor, and I thank Congress
for its leadership in helping to get this spectrum into the market.
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