FCC’s Pai to face lawmakers on auction of sought-after 5G spectrum – Axios
The debate over a proposed private sale of valuable airwaves that are key to companies’ 5G plans will get aired before Congress Thursday.
Why it matters: Midband airwaves are coveted for 5G service because they can carry more data than lower-frequency spectrum while traveling greater distances than high-frequency airwaves.
- Satellite companies, wireless providers and nearly every other sector the FCC regulates have been wrangling for months over midband spectrum known as the “C-band.”
- A Morgan Stanley research note this month estimated the C-band spectrum is worth between $10 billion and $30 billion.