Verizon Seeks AWS Spectrum from Stelera
Verizon Wireless and a company called Stelera have filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission seeking consent to transfer spectrum licenses from Stelera to Verizon. According to the FCC, Stelera acquired the licenses in 2006 at auction but later filed for bankruptcy. Verizon believes the transfer is in the public interest because it will put the spectrum to use to bolster its LTE 4G network. If approved, Verizon will gain 10 to 40MHz of AWS-1 spectrum across 114 counties in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Texas. When combined with Verizon's current AWS-1 spectrum holdings, the Stelera acquisition would give Verizon 20 to 50MHz of spectrum across the covered regions. The FCC has accepted the application for review. No dollar value was placed on the spectrum transfer.
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.
Verizon Might Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Verizon Wireless said it is comfortable with its spectrum holdings at the moment and may not bid in next year's auction for 600MHz airwaves. Verizon is only using 40% of its licensed spectrum for LTE, which gives it plenty of room to add capacity.
FCC Gives KanOkla Permission to Sell Spectrum to AT&T
The FCC has approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of several spectrum licenses from KanOkla Telephone Association. The transfer includes one Lower 700 MHz C Block license and the partial assignment of a second Lower 700 MHz C Block license, for a total of 12 megahertz, covering parts of two local market areas in Kansas and Oklahoma.
Verizon and T-Mobile Agree to $173M Spectrum Swap
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have agreed to exchange AWS-1 and PCS spectrum in dozens of markets around the country in a deal valued at $173 million. The spectrum in question covers portions of Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia.
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.