FCC finalizes 700Mhz bidding process

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission released its final set of rules and bidder list for next week’s 700MHz spectrum auction. Of the 266 applications originally received by the FCC, 214 bidders have made the final cut. There are no surprises in the final list, but the collapse of Frontline Wireless means that there may be no one bidding on the D block of spectrum.

The spectrum in the auction will be vacated by television broadcasters in February 2009 when analog TV transmissions cease, and is divided into five blocks. The A, B, and E blocks consist of regional licenses, which should make it feasible for bidders such as the Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company, James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company, Citizens Mutual Telephone Cooperative, and The Tri-County Telephone Association, Inc., to get spectrum for wireless Internet service. (link)

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