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Education will be harmed after contentious vote that opened up 2.5 GHz band: FCC Democrats

July 11, 2019


In a controversial 3-2 vote yesterday, the FCC agreed to free up the 2.5 GHz band of wireless spectrum for 5G services.

Known as the Educational Broadband Service, the band had been used for educational purposes since the 1960s by educational institutions and nonprofits supporting education.

The unused and underused mid-band spectrum will now go on the auction block.

The only carrier active in the band is Sprint, which is already using the frequencies for its 5G rollout.

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