The Report and Order that the FCC will follow in this matter, states that the 1915-1920MHz band will be paired with the 1995-2000MHz band and licensed on an Economic Area basis. H block licenses will be assigned via competitive bidding and the auction could take place as soon as early next year. The FCC has considered auctioning off the same spectrum bands in the past, but was concerned about interference with a block of PCS spectrum.
Sprint thanked the agency for its decision. The nation's third largest carrier owns PCS spectrum near the frequencies that will be auctioned and thanked the FCC for adopting "balanced rules to protect neighboring licensees from interference while assuring H block licensees the flexibility necessary to provide wireless broadband services."