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Satellite operators' shares plummet as FCC plumps for public 5G spectrum auctions

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Re: A side-effect

The cellular industry seems to have quite effectively pulled the wool over the eyes of the FCC, making them believe there is unlimited demand for new spectrum that must be fulfilled or China will win the mythical "race to 5G" so they are under pressure to open up vast new swathes. They have barely touched everything that has been sold off in the last few years and after apparently running out of unused spectrum they're starting to pull it away from those who are using it.

I have to imagine the DoD is a huge juicy target of unused spectrum, that had bands allocated for various uses decades ago that are no longer relevant or ended up being canceled, but of course they won't touch that because all the Pentagon has to say is "it'll impact our readiness" and congressmen all cower in fear and start looking elsewhere.

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