TR Daily Nearly 350 Parties Seek to Participate in 3.5 GHz Band Auction
Monday, June 8, 2020

Nearly 350 Parties Seek to Participate in 3.5 GHz Band Auction

A whopping nearly 350 parties have submitted applications to participate in the FCC’s auction (Auction 105) of Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) priority access licenses (PALs), including major wireless providers and cable companies, but also smaller providers, including telephone cooperatives and wireless Internet service providers; electric cooperatives and other utilities; equipment makers; and universities and elementary and secondary schools. The auction is scheduled to commence on July 23, after being pushed back by about a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic (TR Daily, May 25).

The FCC’s Office of Economics and Analytics, in conjunction with the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, released a public notice today announcing that 106 short-form applications have been deemed complete while 242 have been deemed incomplete. Incomplete applications must be refiled by June 19 with upfront payments. That is the same deadline for upfront payments for parties with complete applications.

The applications of AT&T Spectrum Frontiers LLC and United States Cellular Corp. have been deemed complete, while those of Verizon Wireless Network Procurement LP, T-Mobile License LLC, and Dish Network Corp. (filing as Wetterhorn Wireless LLC) are incomplete.

Other complete applications were filed by parties such as Benton Rural Electric Association, Chevron U.S.A., Inc., Cincinnati Bell, Cox Communications, Inc., Illinois Electric Cooperatives, Mediacom LLC, Midcontinent Communications, Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc., Texas A&M University, Union Telephone Co., Universal Electrical Contractors, and the University of Virginia Foundation.

Other applicants on the incomplete list include Alabama Power Co.,, Inc., Central Tennessee Consortium, Corning, Inc., Dallas Independent School District, Deere & Co., Duke University and Health System, San Diego Gas and Electric Co., Southern California Edison Co., University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc., and

Of those who applications are deemed complete, 45 are seeking small business bidding credits and 31 are seeking rural service provider bidding credits.

“Auction 105 will offer seven PALs in each county-based license area,” the FCC noted in a public notice adopted in February establishing the auction procedures (TR Daily, Feb. 28). “Each PAL consists of a 10-megahertz unpaired channel within the 3550-3650 MHz band. The auction will offer a total of 22,631 PALs. PALs are 10-year renewable licenses. A Priority Access Licensee may hold up to four 10-megahertz channel licenses (out of a total of seven) within the band in any license area at any given time.” —Paul Kirby, [email protected]

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