FCC Names Winners In Phase I of Mobility Fund Auction
The Federal Communications Commission today provided a list of the companies that placed winning bids in the initial phase of the Mobility Fund spectrum auction. In all 33 companies made winning bids, and will eventually be able to take advantage of a total of $300 million in funds set aside for companies willing to provide 3G or better mobile broadband services. Some of the winning wireless companies include U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile USA subsidiaries, Sagebrush Cellular, NE Colorado Cellular, Allied Wireless Communications, GCI Communication Corp., Carolina West Wireless, Central Louisiana Cellular, and dozens of others. Funds awarded to the winning bidders range from $585,000 to $45.85 million. According to the FCC, there were 795 biddable geographic areas located across 31 states encompassing some 83,500 miles of roadway. The winning bidders will need to file paperwork, which is outlined by the FCC in today's releases. The next step in the Mobility Fund auction process is to find television broadcasters in the covered areas willing to give up their TV spectrum. The goal of the program is to increase the availability of mobile broadband to rural areas.
AT&T, Verizon Dominate AWS-3 Auction
The FCC today published a list of companies that placed winning bids for the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The FCC auctioned off 1,600 licenses, for which 70 companies were competing.
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.
AWS-3 Spectrum Auction Over, Bids Total $44.89 Billion
The FCC today said Auction 97, which covered blocks of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, is now over. It received a final bid today for the 1695-1710MHz unpaired spectrum band just a day after it closed bids for the G, H, I, and J paired spectrum blocks.
FCC Awards Spectrum Licenses to AWS-3 Bidders
The FCC today officially granted some winning bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction the licenses allowing them to take ownership of the airwaves. The AWS-3 spectrum auction concluded earlier this year, with AT&T, Dish Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless the top four bidders.