In 1993, US Congress granted the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the authority to conduct spectrum auctions, providing an innovative approach to allocating licenses for wireless services that has served U.S. interests exceedingly well.
For the first time in 30 years, the FCC’s authority has lapsed. The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially expired on March 9, 2023. As a result, the FCC lacks the ability to auction spectrum bands, issue wireless licenses, and ensure we stay competitive globally and meet the needs of American consumers.
On April 20, 2023, 5G Americas joined nine leading wireless and technology trade associations in sending a letter to Congress, urging leaders to re-instate the FCC’s spectrum auction authority.