Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said FCC plans to put the 280 megahertz of the C-band spectrum up for public auction to support 5G connectivity.
In a letter sent Monday to a Senate committee, Pai wrote that the public auction “will afford all parties a fair opportunity to compete for this 5G spectrum, while preserving the availability of the upper 200 megahertz of this band for the continued delivery of programming.”
He discussed the four principles FCC should pursue through an ongoing rulemaking related to the C-band spectrum. These include making the spectrum available for 5G networks quickly and generating revenue for the federal government.
The C-band spectrum provides wireless clients and entrepreneurs capacity to transmit large data volumes and geographic coverage. Pai’s letter was addressed to Sen. Roger Ricker (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.