Bidders Locked For Auction 58
Jan 12, 2005, 2:42 PM by (staff)
The FCC yesterday announced the final list of qualified bidders for Auction 58, the upcoming sale of PCS spectrum. On the block are 242 licenses in the 1900 MHz band that were previously held by bankrupt Nextwave Telecom. The auction starts January 26th and ends whenever companies stop bidding. 119 of the licenses are set aside for "designated entities", a category designed to allow smaller companies to compete for licenses. However, most of the major carriers, including Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Cingular, have partnered with a "designated entity" to allow them to bid for such licenses essentially by proxy. Verizon and T-Mobile are expected to be the most aggressive bidders, as both need spectrum to expand or build 3G networks.
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 Names Final Set of Reverse Auction Bidders
The FCC today published a list of the 62 bidders who've made upfront payments and qualified to bid in the reverse auction for low-band TV spectrum. As expected, the list contains familiar names, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S.
FCC Reverse Auction Drops Clearing Price to $54.6B
The FCC has wrapped up the initial phase of stage two of its incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves, and drastically lowered the price for that spectrum. The initial clearing cost for all the 600 MHz spectrum was $86.4 billion, but bidders failed to come even close during the first round of bidding.
FCC Incentive Auction Racks Up $86B In Clearing Costs
The FCC today said that the reverse portion of its incentive auction is now complete. Bidding for 600 MHz television airwaves is over, and the cost to clear the 126 MHz spectrum target exceeded $86.4 billion.
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.
Let the Bidding Begin
Location of Spectrum...
Wed Jan 12, 2005 03:02 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -
The airwaves being auctioned cover major cities such as Los Angeles, Denver and Orlando as well as smaller markets like McAllen, Texas, and Lynchburg, Virginia.
The licenses to be auctioned were once held by now-bankrupt NextWave Telecom Inc. It agreed to return them to the FCC as part of a settlement over money that NextWave owed for the licenses, which it won at auctions in the late 1990s.