I don't think that you will be guilty of just "squatting" 
on such lovely frequency eh?

Did you get 700MHz in the AWS-1?

I wish I had some too :-( 


-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of John Scrivner
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 9:35 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] FCC wireless auction raises almost $13.9 bln

We won an AWS license in our area!

Dawn DiPietro wrote:

> FCC wireless auction raises almost $13.9 bln
> Last Update: 5:13 PM ET Sep 18, 2006
> (Adds quote in third paragraph and details about Verizon in sixth and 
> seventh paragraphs.)
> WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The Federal Communications Commission on 
> Monday wrapped up an auction of licenses to provide new wireless 
> services, generating almost $13.9 billion in gross proceeds and 
> handing T-Mobile USA Inc. the capacity it needs to compete with larger 
> rivals.
> T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (DT), was the top bidder, 
> bidding almost $4.2 billion for 120 licenses. Verizon Wireless agreed 
> to pay $2.8 billion for 13 licenses. A consortium that includes cable 
> giants Comcast Corp. (CMCSA, CMCSK) and Time Warner Inc. (TWX), along 
> with Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), agreed to pay almost $2.4 billion for 
> 137 licenses. As a result of their aggressive early moves, many 
> potential new players were squeezed out of the game before it got going.
> "The dream of new entrants that would shake up the market died," said 
> Roger Entner, an analyst for technology research firm Ovum. "The usual 
> suspects have won."
> The last time an FCC auction drew more bidding was in 2001, when 
> regulators reauctioned some licenses they had repossessed from 
> NextWave Telecom Inc. But in 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that the 
> FCC had improperly reclaimed the licenses, returning control to 
> NextWave and invalidating the auction.
> This time, T-Mobile had the most at stake. Although it is the 
> fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier, it has lacked the capacity to 
> upgrade its network to run third-generation, or 3-G services. The new 
> licenses will put T-Mobile in a more competitive position.
> Verizon Wireless, meanwhile, will likely sit on its spectrum. The No. 
> 2 wireless carrier, a joint venture between Verizon Communications 
> (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), has a next-generation network 
> called Evolution-Data Optimized, or EV-DO. It doesn't need to use the 
> new spectrum for that network. Verizon Wireless is seen using the 
> spectrum for wireless technology that is further down the line, 
> although it's unclear what that technology may be.
> A spokesman for Verizon Wireless wasn't immediately available for 
> comment.
> Smaller carriers were able to expand their coverage from select cities 
> to a much larger area. For example, Leap Wireless International Inc. 
> (LEAP), a smaller, regional company, won 99 licenses, bidding $710 
> million for airwaves covering cities including Washington D.C., 
> Philadelphia, Baltimore, and St. Louis.
> "Leap's push to acquire more spectrum in new high-growth market 
> clusters located in urban and suburban areas such as Baltimore, 
> Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia will help it withstand the 
> continuous competitive pressure from larger... competitors such as 
> Sprint-Nextel and Verizon," Jessica Zufolo, an analyst at research 
> firm Medley Advisors, wrote in a note to clients.
> The U.S. Treasury will receive just $13.7 billion from its latest 
> auction because of rules that permit small companies to earn discounts 
> of as much as 25%.
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