The Federal Communications Commission will take steps toward auctioning off two more frequency ranges in the 3.1GHz to 4.9GHz band for commercial use, following up on auctions that created more bandwidth for 5G and other wireless services.\n\n5G resources\n\nWhat is 5G? Fast wireless technology for enterprises and phones\nHow 5G frequency affects range and speed\nPrivate 5G can solve some problems that Wi-Fi can\u2019t\nPrivate 5G keeps Whirlpool driverless vehicles rolling\n5G can make for cost-effective private backhaul\nCBRS can bring private 5G to enterprises\n\n\nThe first frequency range sits between 3.3GHz and 3.5GHz, is 100MHz wide and would become available nationwide. The first step toward redistributing the band would be to remove allocations in that range that are now held by non-governmental entities and reassign them to bandwidth between 3.45GHz and 3.55GHz or between 2.9GHz and 3GHz, the commission said in an announcement.\nThe FCC also wants to add a further allocation for flexible-use licenses in the 3.45Ghz-3.55GHz band, and will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking \u2013 the second major step in the FCC\u2019s rulemaking process \u2013 about how to auction off licenses for those. Both these reallocation issues are scheduled for discussion at the FCC\u2019s Sept. 30 meeting.\n\nThat\u2019s likely to prove another battleground for wireless service providers vying to ramp up their capacity for 5G deployments. While it\u2019s unclear precisely how that 100MHz of spectrum between 3.3GHz and 3.5GHz would be subdivided, that\u2019s a considerable amount of bandwidth, and national rights to even small parts of it could be very valuable.\nHigher in the spectrum, the FCC has its eye on the 4.9GHz band. The plan for that is to clear the way for states to lease out parts of the spectrum to several potential stakeholders, including public-safety organizations, electrical utilities and commercial users. This would take the form of licensing one 50MHz band in the 4.9GHz range that is currently earmarked only for public-safety use, per state, broadening that channel\u2019s potential range of applications.\nNor are these the only new pieces of spectrum set to become available in the near future \u2013 the FCC highlighted that a hefty 280MHz band of spectrum in the 3.7GHz range \u2013 better known as the C-band \u2013 is set to be auctioned off on December 8. Once again, the existing authorized users, mostly fixed-satellite incumbents, will have their licenses moved elsewhere.\nAlso at its meeting this month, the commission plans to vote on a proposal to expedite its foreign-ownership review process, as well as further work on plans to combat spoofed robocalls and promote more robust caller-ID technology.