FCC Qualifies 23 Bidders in Upcoming Auction 96
The Federal Communications Commission today announced the list of companies that have been qualified to participate in Auction 96, which kicks off later this month. The auction will sell 176 licenses for the H Block spectrum, which falls in the 1915-1920MHz and 1995-2000MHz bands. Some of the qualified entities include American H Block Wireless, Michigan Wireless, NE Colorado Cellular, Spotlight Media Corp., and others. The FCC also disqualified a handful of potential bidders, including Cellular South, McBride Spectrum Partners, and Union Telephone Company. All the qualified bidders have been given instructions on how to bid and what their obligations are to participate. The FCC will hold a mock auction, to test the bidding process, on Friday, January 17. Official bidding for the auction begins January 22.
FCC Bestows More 600 MHz Licenses
Jul 19, 2017
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.
Dish's Designated Entities Give Up 197 Spectrum Licenses
Oct 2, 2015
Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless LicenseCo surrendered 197 AWS-3 spectrum licenses and paid a $413 million fine to the FCC for defaulting on their $3.3 billion payment. Dish Networks participated in this year's auction through Northstar and SNR.
FCC Names Final Set of Reverse Auction Bidders
Jul 15, 2016
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 Says Incentive Auction Reaches End Point
Jan 18, 2017
The FCC today said the close of the fourth stage will mark the end of bidding in the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The auction has been in progress since last May and worked its way through several stages.
FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction
Sep 28, 2015
Following Sprint's decision to skip next year's 600MHz incentive auction, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for the FCC's plans. "Sprint's decision highlights the folly of the FCC's attempt to pick winners and losers before the auction begins," said Pai, in reference to the rules being assigned to the auction.