US puts airwave auction on ice

Spectrum sale delayed two years...

Spectrum sale delayed two years...

The Bush administration is proposing to delay the sale of airwaves to be used for advanced mobile phone services for another two years. Legislation is due to go before Congress tomorrow looking to postpone the auction of airwave licences until 30 September, 2004, instead of 30 September, 2002 to allow time to balance the demand for frequencies. Nancy Victory, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, announced the postponement. In a statement, she said this action follows requests from both industry and federal regulators. Currently all US frequencies are being used and regulators must take spectrum from other users, including the military, or move licence holders to different airwaves. However, the US Defense Department is reluctant to give away airwaves that it uses to control weapons and satellites.