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.