On January 22nd the FCC kicked off its first major auction of wireless airwaves in 6 years. This is the first of 3 planned spectrum auctions, the last of which is a broadcaster incentive auction scheduled for mid-2015. The purpose is to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband and to pay for FirstNet, a first responder broadband network. So far, there have been bids on 104 of 176 licenses available and over $345 million raised after 7 rounds of bidding. New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago markets account for almost two-thirds of the total bid so far.

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Meg Burton is a Legal Fellow at Stream Industry. She is a member of the State Bar of California. In law school, she served as an Associate on the Federal Communications Law Journal. She writes about the areas of Communications and Telecommunications Law.

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