Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auctioned off spectrum to AT&T and Verizon so they could offer new 5G services. As Reuters reported:
The Federal Communications Commission said the three largest U.S. wireless companies won $78 billion in bids in the government’s auction of a band of C-Band spectrum critical to next-generation 5G networks. Verizon Communications successfully bid $45.4 billion for 3,511 licenses, while AT&T won with $23.4 billion for 1,621 licenses and T-Mobile won with $9.3 billion for 142. In total, the FCC said there were $81.2 billion in winning bids.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cried foul,