FCC Extends Review of Verizon Spectrum Deal by 3 Weeks
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is extending the informal 180-day review period of Verizon Wireless's proposed AWS spectrum purchase. According to the FCC, Verizon Wireless and its cable partners were slow to produce requested materials and missed an FCC deadline by three or more weeks. Further, third parties have complained to the FCC that Verizon is dragging its feet with respect to document requests. Thus, the FCC is adding 21 days to the informal review period of the transactions, which will total 201 days now instead of 180. The FCC does not anticipate that there will be any more delays. Verizon hopes to purchase 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a consortium of cable companies.
FCC Hands Out More AWS-3 Licenses to Auction Winners
The FCC has delivered more licenses to winners of the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which concluded earlier this year. The bulk of licenses granted this week were given to Orion Wireless LLC and Geneseo Communications Services, and cover areas of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Dish's Designated Entities Give Up 197 Spectrum Licenses
Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo surrendered 197 AWS-3 spectrum licenses and paid a $413 million fine to the FCC for defaulting on their $3.3 billion payment. Dish Networks participated in this year's auction through Northstar and SNR.
FCC Weighing Whether to Award Dish's AWS-3 Discounts
The FCC today approved nine applications submitted for the AWS-3 spectrum auction, two of which belong to Dish designated entities Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. The FCC said the applications are in their final form and are complete, but the FCC has not made a final decision about the bidding tactics used by Dish and whether or not the company deserves the 25% discount meant for small businesses.
FCC Greenlights AT&T Spectrum Deal
The FCC has approved AT&T's request to purchase two Cellular A Block licenses and microwave point-to-point spectrum from Cellular Properties Inc. The spectrum covers 11 counties and parts of two Cellular Market Areas in Illinois.
AT&T Says T-Mobile Opposing Spectrum Deal On Principle
T-Mobile and the Competitive Carrier Association are asking the FCC to deny AT&T's proposed acquisition of 700 MHz B Block licenses from Club 42. AT&T first filed its request with the FCC last year and now says T-Mobile and the CCA are trying to sink the deal for no good reason.
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