More Details Emerge About AT&T's NextWave Purchase
The Federal Communications Commission today published more details about AT&T's proposed acquisition of NextWave Wireless and its subsidiaries. If allowed to proceed as requested, AT&T will acquire between 10MHz and 25MHz of A, B, and C Block WCS spectrum from Comcast in 149 Cellular Market Areas; 10MHz of A Block WCS spectrum from Horizon in 132 CMAs; and 5MHz to 30MHz of A, B, C, and D Block WCS spectrum from NextWave in 476 CMAs. In total, AT&T could gain control over as much as 30MHz of WCS spectrum in markets around the U.S. Further, the transaction would give AT&T 10MHz to 30MHz of AWS-1 spectrum from NextWave in 28 CMAs. The FCC has set the pleading schedule for the transaction: petitions to deny are due by October 1 and replies are due by October 22. The transaction is valued at $600 million.
AT&T Seeking 700MHz Spectrum from Peoples Wireless
AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. If granted, AT&T would hold 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in the two cellular market areas in question.
T-Mobile Trying to Block AT&T's 700 MHz Purchase
T-Mobile has filed a petition with the FCC in an attempt to prevent AT&T from purchasing select 700 MHz spectrum licenses. AT&T filed a request to transfer the licenses, which cover portions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, last month.
FCC Says AT&T Can Buy 700 MHz Licenses from Peoples
The FCC has approved AT&T's request to purchase two Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses from Peoples Wireless in Texas. The transaction gives AT&T 24 MHz of contiguous, paired Lower 700 MHz spectrum in two cellular market areas.
C Spire Looking to Nab 700MHz Spectrum
C Spire Wireless is hoping to buy some Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum from Waller Wireless. The companies recently filed the request with the FCC.
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