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March 21, 2013 Matthew
STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI
ON COMMENCEMENT OF PROCESS TO AUCTION 1755
–1780 MHz BAND
Just last week, in my testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce,
Science, and Transportation, I urged the FCC to “commence the notification-and-auction process
now to preserve our ability to auction the 1755–1780 MHz spectrum paired with the 2155–2180
MHz spectrum.”1 Today we have done just that.
I applaud Chairman Genachowski for notifying the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce that the FCC “plans to
commence the auction of licenses in the 1695–1710 MHz band and the 1755–1780 MHz band as
early as September 2014.”2 This is the first step in what will be an important process, and I look
forward to working with my FCC colleagues, NTIA, and other stakeholders to help American
consumers and the economy benefit from this spectrum as quickly as possible. In particular, I
continue to believe that we should aim to clear and reallocate the 1755–1780 MHz band rather
than forcing federal users and commercial operators to undertake the complicated, untested task
of spectrum sharing.
1 Testimony of Commissioner Ajit Pai, Hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation, “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission” at 2–3 (Mar. 12, 2013), available at http://go.usa.gov/2Vj3
2 Letter from Julius Genachowksi, Chairman, FCC, to Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for
Communications and Information, U.S. Department of Commerce, at 1 (March 20, 2013), available at http://go.usa.gov/2VR5