AWS-3 Transition

Advanced Wireless Services in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands

In November 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to commence competitive bidding for new licenses in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz bands for Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-3). In March 2014, the FCC, in collaboration with NTIA, reallocated the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz bands. Most of the federal systems using the 1755-1780 MHz band will relocate out of the band, but the FCC’s rules provide for indefinite sharing with a limited number of federal systems.

The Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act (CSEA), as amended, governs the transition planning process through which eligible federal agencies will recover their relocation or sharing costs from a portion of the proceeds from the AWS-3 auction, which will be transferred to the Spectrum Relocation Fund. On May 13, 2014, as required by the CSEA, NTIA notified the FCC of the initial estimated relocation and sharing costs and the estimated timelines for the 1695-1710 MHz and the 1755-1780 MHz bands. These estimates are based on the transition plans submitted by the eligible federal entities and available at the following links:

Additional information from the FCC on the AWS-3 auction is available here.

May 2015
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January 2015

September 2014
Federal Register Notice
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July 2014
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Press Release

June 2014
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May 2014
FCC Filing