More Unqualified, Than Qualified Bidders So Far in 2.5 GHz Auction
By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief
The FCC says the bulk of short-form applications to bid in the upcoming 2.5 GHz auction of flexible-use licenses are deficient. The agency will give the companies time to correct their paperwork.
Thirty-nine applications are complete and have been accepted. Some of these entities include AT&T, Carolina West Wireless, Pine Belt Cellular, T-Mobile, and UScellular. These entities will become qualified bidders once they’ve submitted an upfront payment. That deadline is 6 p.m. on June 23.
Under the Commission’s two-phased auction application process, a winning bidder must submit a longform application after the close of the auction to demonstrate its qualifications to hold a Commission license and, if a bidding credit is requested, its eligibility for the bidding credit. In the event that an applicant is found unqualified to be a Commission licensee, or ineligible for claimed designated entity benefits, it will be liable for any obligations incurred as a result of its participation in the auction. Continue Reading