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.
FCC Bestows More 600 MHz Licenses
The FCC today granted licenses for 600 MHz spectrum to those companies that placed winning bids during the incentive auction, which concluded earlier this year. The FCC has already distributed some of the 600 MHz licenses, including some to T-Mobile.
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 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.
T-Mobile, US Cellular Named FCC Incentive Auction Winners
The FCC today marked the official end of the incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The agency said 50 wireless companies bid a cumulative $19.8 billion on some 70 MHz of spectrum that was put on offer by 175 television stations.