Spectrum

FCC Spectrum Auctions

In 1993, Congress passed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act giving the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the authority to conduct spectrum auctions. In 1994, the FCC conducted its first competitive spectrum auction. Since then, the FCC has completed 88 spectrum auctions and the total amount collected for broader government use and deficit reduction exceeds $114 billion.

With more wireless devices than people, America is a mobile nation that increasingly uses advanced wireless devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other wireless tools to improve lives and increase efficiency and productivity. Wireless service on these devices is made possible by spectrum — the invisible airwaves that fuel access to mobile broadband internet, smartphones, GPS mapping, location services, and more.

Today, mobile data use is skyrocketing and wireless connectivity is evolving. That means wireless carriers need to build additional cell sites to add capacity and allow for the reuse of channels, invest in new technologies that use spectrum more efficiently, and obtain additional spectrum.

Spectrum: The Basics

Wireless is made possible by spectrum – the invisible airwaves that fuel access to the mobile broadband internet, smartphones, TVs, radio stations, GPS mapping, location services, and more.

Spectrum: Lifeblood of the Wireless Industry

With more wireless devices than people, America is a mobile nation that increasingly uses advanced wireless devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other wireless tools to improve life and increase efficiency and productivity.

How the Commercial Wireless Industry Makes Spectrum Work

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the government agency that decides which frequencies of spectrum can be used and for which purposes. Learn more about how the commercial wireless industry makes spectrum work.

Spectrum Resources: Government Management & Oversight – Congress

Since the passage of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, Congress has played a major role in allocating additional spectrum for commercial wireless industry use.

Spectrum Resources: Government Management & Oversight – FCC, NTIA, and International

The FCC, NTIA, and ITU play important roles in spectrum allocations, determining whether spectrum can be reallocated from government use or shared with commercial users, and updating regulations that work to harmonize spectrum allocations.

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