FCC spectrum auction at $70 billion

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  1. K4RGN

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    The FCC began auctioning 3.7 - 3.98 GHz to 5G carriers earlier this month. The combined bids are already at $70 billion. Yes, that's billion with a "b"... over $200 per man, woman, and child in the U.S. This is serious money, even for companies as large as AT&T and Verizon.

    Bidding resumes on January 4 and the value of the spectrum is expected to rise further. An auction for 3.45 - 3.55 GHz will follow.

    Absent a miracle, I don't see how hams can hold onto more than a sliver of spectrum between 2.45 and 24.25 GHz.

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  2. KK4NSF

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    interesting..... maybe we as a group could pool our resources, find some mega-donors, and buy our own slice of the pie. That's probably the only way to keep it from getting all gobbled up, especially considering that governments typically don't give a hoot about radio.... but love all that money.
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  3. K7JEM

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    A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon we're talking real money.
    KD4AYU, NE3J, KG4BFR and 2 others like this.
  4. W4ZGC

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    Pandering to the telecom cartels, pimping out every MHz of saleable spectrum to the criminal enterprises/legalized racketeering otherwise known as the three wireless monarchs like a fur coat sporting pimp and his ladies on the boulevard- I am so glad this paper tiger of an agency has the people's best interest at heart! Way to go!
    K4EEO, KA9UCE, KI6FG and 18 others like this.
  5. KL7AJ

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    I've always been at a loss as how the FCC (or anyone) can auction off something that they never owned in the first place. Auctioning off a frequency is like auctioning off the number PI.
    K4EEO, KA9UCE, N2YGI and 40 others like this.
  6. KL7AJ

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    Maybe I could auction off a bodily function.
    WB6UQA, NL7W, N4FZ and 4 others like this.
  7. KF5LJW

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    As a former employee for VZW and doing contract work for both with my company is not a lot of money for them. They both paid more for the 700 Mhz spectrum a decade ago for the release of 4G. They will make that back in a year, look at your cell phone bill. You will pay a lot more than $200/year.

    As for anything UHF and Microwave is a commodity, and for sale to the highest bidder. No worries about HF, no one wants it, and only useful for voice propaganda by governments. Not enough bandwidth, too inefficient, and way too noisy to be useful for anything meaningful.

    What is expensive is the equipment and if you know who makes it would be buying stock in Nokia and Erricson. The range of 5G is only a few blocks or confined to a building. FWIW in cellular communication 600 and 700 Mhz is the sweet spot for range and bandwidth.
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  8. W6RZ

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    Nope. 700 MHz auction was only $19B.
  9. ZL4IV

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    Interesting how governments can claim spectrum, they can only license the generation of frequency within their jurisdiction, you can't own a frequency, try turning off a historic owner that invades the jurisdiction, the sun. For those that don't understand physics I guess to own a spectrum sounds like a good investment in which you rely on an authority to enforce privileged use which nature has been using before our atoms cam together. Even having billions of dollars don make you smart, sold something that doesn't have an owner.
    KA9UCE, N1GKE, N4WLL and 5 others like this.
  10. K3FHP

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    They can auction off what they don't own just like the Federal Reserve 'Loans" the U'S' government a $trillion that doesn't exist until they type the number into the computer terminal.

    They just make up their own rules. The constitution says the federal government can own the land in the District of Columbia, but where does it say they can own over 50% of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Nevada?
    KA9UCE, KD4AYU, KC2DMH and 9 others like this.

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