On Friday the FCC postponed the AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) auction date until August 9th. The reason given was that some of the smaller carriers were requesting more time to prepare for the auction. Part of the reason for the delay may be the lack of interest from the major carriers for this spectrum. Also a few of the smaller carriers were threatening to sue the FCC over their new anti-collusion rules, which may have played a small part in postponing the auction. The FCC decided to drop the anti-collusion rule when the auction is held August 9th.
The AWS auction will allow carriers to purchase vital spectrum for future wireless technologies beyond voice and traditional data services.