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FCC Chairman Agit Pai: "Letter to Honorable Roger Wicker, Chairman, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate"

November 18, 2019

Announces Support for a Public Auction of C-Band Spectrum for 5G

"I previously announced that I would make a decision on how the FCC should proceed by this fall and outlined four principles that the FCC must advance through this rulemaking. First, we must make available a significant amount of C-band spectrum for 5G. Second, we must make C-band spectrum available for 5G quickly. Third, we must generate revenue for the federal government. Andfourth, we must protect the services that are currently delivered using the C-band so they can continue to be delivered to the American people.

"After much deliberation and a thorough review of the extensive record, I have concluded that the best way to advance these principles is through an auction of 280 megahertz of the C-band conducted by the Federal Communications Commission’s excellent staff."

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Bartlett Cleland is the Managing Director of Madery Bridge Associates, public strategy firm specializing in public policy, thought leadership, advocacy, messaging, advertising, coalition building, strategic planning, and tactical advice for corporations,
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