Fixed Wireless Auction Descends Into Farce

Wtih all the well-documented problems from previous wireless spectrum auctions, you would think many of the kinks would be worked out by now. Doesn’t sound like it. Over in the UK, as they get ready to auction off spectrum for fixed wireless broadband services, analysts have noted that it’s turned into something of a farce. No big names have applied to bid, and of the twenty-six companies who have, only two have the potential to actually offer fixed wireless service. To make matters worse, this might not matter, since the terms of the auction don’t require the winners to ever actually offer service. The agency responsible is taking the ever popular “we don’t care” approach to the whole thing saying: “We are responsible for freeing-up the spectrum. We aren’t policing what people do with it once they’ve bought it.”

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