"FCC votes to auction off Educational Broadband Service in 2020" July 10, 2019
Date: July 10, 2019
Written By: Ryan Johnston
Excerpt: "Other EBS advocates, like SHLB Executive Director John Windhausen Jr., claimed that auctioning off the unlicensed spectrum to wireless carriers such as Sprint, which already owns and leases 79 percent of all EBS and broadband radio service spectrum, would be a missed opportunity for education. A recent SHLB study found that commercial entities acquiring the spectrum through an auction would only deploy service in 24 of 78 unserved counties across the country, while schools partnering with the private sector would deploy far more often, 'because they care about their communities and because the equipment is readily available.'"