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As auction wanes, public safety weighs its options: Former NTIA Chief says it’s OK that D-Block bidding languishes, other disagree

As the 700 MHz auction winds to a close - apparently without a winning bidder for the commercial/public-safety license or a clear roadmap for meeting first responders' communications needs - progress is nonetheless being made on other fronts.The Department of Homeland Security's Science and...

700 MHz auction tempo remains steady: Focus continues to shift to lower-priced licenses

It appears bidders were not frightened off by passing the 200-round milestone in the Federal Communications Commission's 700 MHz spectrum auction as new bids continue to trickle in at a slow but steady rate. New bids fluctuated between four and six for each of...

Only a few days left: Auction 73 drawing to a close: Bidders remain focuses on handful of small 700 MHz licenses

Pushing the clocks ahead by an hour appeared to have little impact on the Federal Communications Commission's 700 MHz auction, which picked up this morning where it left off on Friday: new bids in the single digits and very little new money being deposited...

700 MHz auction bidding hits single digits

Could today be the day that the Federal Communication Commission's 700 MHz spectrum auction comes to an end?New bids continued to dwindle in Auction 73, with action during rounds 170 through 178 huddled in the low double digits, before dropping to 7 new bids...

Worst of the Week: Auction burnout

Hello! And welcome to our Thursday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCRWirelessNews.com to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong way....

Bidding boost subsides: 700 MHz auction action continues to slide

The Federal Communication Commission's attempt yesterday to spur interest -- and hasten the end -- of the 700 MHz auction by moving to "stage three" bidding provided a temporary boost that by this morning seemed to have lost steam. Bids per round had jumped...

700 MHz auction moves into ‘stage three’: Bids continue to trickle in

The Federal Communications Commission announced it moved the 700 MHz spectrum auction into "stage three" in an effort to speed the proceedings along. Now, bidders must be active on at 98% of their current bidding eligibility in each round.The FCC moved the auction into...

700 MHz auction slows as bids near $20B: Bidding could cease this week

The 700 MHz auction is all but over, with the Federal Communications Commission increasing the number of bidding rounds to eight per day last Friday in an attempt to speed to a close bidding whose spectacular revenue and open access achievements will likely be...

FCC speeds up bidding as 700 MHz auction draws to a close: Agency revs up action to 8 rounds per day

In an effort to bring the event to a close, the Federal Communications Commission announced that starting today the 700 MHz auction will speed up to eight rounds of bidding per day, up from six. The news, coupled with the slowly declining number of...

700 MHz auction continues lazy ride

Action slowed further as the Federal Communications Commission's 700 MHz spectrum auction staggered toward the $20 billion mark.Round 114 drew only 26 new bids across the A, B and E Blocks, with B-Block licenses alone accounting for 14 bids. The action upped the...

700 MHz auction slows to around 40 new bids per round

A small collection of E-Block licenses continued to generate interest among the few remaining active bidders in the Federal Communications Commission's 700 MHz spectrum auction. Over the past several days, it appears that bidders have been bickering over the unpaired E-Block spectrum covering portions...

Auction activity slows: Bids slog past $19.4B

THE 700 MHZ AUCTION, continuing to crawl toward an end likely punctuated by a disappointing D Block failure, will not remain totally within the Federal Communications Communication's province when bidding finally ends. Congress is about to jump into the fray.Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman...

700 MHz auction drags on

Bidders in the Federal Communication Commission's 700 MHz spectrum auction continued their squabble over just under 100 licenses that appear to remain in play. The opening three rounds of bidding today drew 93, 99 and 100 new bids, which was a bump from the...

700 MHz auction bidding remains slow: Pacific C Block garners attention

Auction 73's slow creep towards exhaustion continues unabated with new bids remaining below triple figures, though interspersed with the occasional head scratcher. So it was yesterday afternoon when a bid popped up for the then unclaimed C-Block license package covering Guam, the Northern Marina...

End in sight (again)?: New bids dip below triple digits in 700 MHz auction

Perhaps taking a cue from "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King," the Federal Communications Commission's 700 MHz auction is teasing us with the potential that it could all be over very shortly. New bids dropped to double digits during the three opening...

Auction 73 tops $19.3B: Bidding activity on select 700 MHz licenses remains steady

The Federal Communication Commission's 700 MHz spectrum auction slogged past the $19.3 billion mark yesterday afternoon on its slowing march to an eventual conclusion that analysts note might not come until the end of the month. The final three rounds of bidding conducted yesterday...

Status quo on spectrum auction: Bidders continue to show diminished interest

The Federal Communication Commission's Auction 73 picked up this morning where it left off on Friday with new bids continuing to slowly shrink and new potential winning bid amounts adding smaller amounts to the auction's total purse.Click here for complete 700 MHz auction coverage....

Auction 73 heads into weekend at $19.2 billion

The Federal Communication Commission's 700 MHz auction headed into its third weekend on a slow, but steady pace. Some, or all - we won't know until the auction is over due to the FCC's blind-bidding rules - of the 199 bidders left in the...

700 MHz auction keeps on truckin’: E Block remains prime mover as net proceeds surpass $19.1 billion

The Federal Communication Commission's 700 MHz auction began its first day of six rounds-per-day bidding pretty much the way it left the previous five rounds-per-day of bidding: A dwindling number of new bids focused on the A, B and C Block that are adding...

E Block hits reserve: Auction continues slow crawl

The rut continued in the Federal Communication Commission's 700 MHz auction with the final rounds of the day mirroring what transpired during the opening three rounds. Rounds 44 and 45 received 172 and 174 new bids respectively, with additional potential winning bids totaling $14.3...

700 MHz auction: Focus remains on a decreasing number of licenses

The grind is on. After topping the $19 billion mark yesterday -- prodded by some arm-twisting from the Federal Communications Commission -- the 700 MHz auction resumed this morning with a trio of rounds, each slower than the previous one. Round 41 was good...

Is the end in sight?: Auction 73 slows as FCC prods bidders

Sensing a slowdown in the proceedings, the Federal Communications Commission instituted its so-called "Stage Two Transition" beginning with this morning's round 36, effectively requiring 700 MHz auction participants to keep bidding or quit the game. The rule stipulates that bidders must be active on...

Slow and low: Auction 73 bidding continues to crawl: E Block may not reach reserve price

Apparently it wasn't a Super Bowl hangover. Bidding in the Federal Communication Commission's 700 MHz spectrum auction continued to slow today as bidders placed only 582 new bids during five rounds, adding just over $113 million to the auction's total haul. That number is...

$18 billion and counting: 700 MHz auction a success for FCC, open access; not so for public safety

It's still seemingly early in the game, but bidding in the Federal Communications Commission's 700 MHz auction is materializing into a good news-bad news auction of epic proportions.Click here for complete 700 MHz auction coverage.In less than two dozen rounds, bidding shattered the $13.8...

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