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C-Band Alliance should take FCC head-on after crushing auction verdict

An already bloodied C-Band Alliance has been dealt another brutal blow this week as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai declared his intention for a rushed public auction of C-Band spectrum – dismissing the Alliance’s pleas for a private auction to cushion the financial damage. There is no polite way of putting it – pushing through a public auction is the US government’s way of raking in 5G money as hard and fast as possible. While repurposing this spectrum for 5G – and “doing so quickly” in Pai’s words – will certainly benefit the US streaming industry among others, the fact that a public auction would funnel proceeds directly into the government gullet has triggered reservations here at Faultline about how these…

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