The FCC yesterday announced it has rescheduled its upcoming H Block spectrum auction for Jan. 22, 2014.

The auction was originally scheduled for Jan. 14 but the FCC issued a statement saying “schedule changes are necessary to give potential bidders and Commission staff additional time for planning and preparation for Auction 96 upon the resumption of regular Commission operations.”

The target reserve price of $1.56 billion for the spectrum remains unchanged.

The auction, which will see off 10 Mhz of paired of PCS (1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz), will be the FCC’s first major spectrum sale since 2008.

The FCC is due to next year schedule another auction for a large chunk of reallocated 600 MHz spectrum.