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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc and Vodafone Group Plc, won a nationwide wireless license known as the "C" block in a government auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Communication said on Thursday.


    Verizon Wireless made a top offer of $4.74 billion for the C block spectrum, giving it control of a major piece of the airwaves being vacated by television broadcasters as they move to digital from analog signals in early 2009.


    The FCC also said that AT&T had won 227 licenses from among the "B" block of regional licenses.



    03-20-08 08:39 PM
  2. Click's Avatar
    WOW! That is HUGH news! I hope that the customers will benefit from this!
    03-20-08 08:49 PM
  3. JRSCCivic98's Avatar
    Your $10/month VZNav subscriptions (err, extortion) at work!
    03-20-08 11:32 PM
  4. BlondeBoyL's Avatar
    WOW! That is HUGH news! I hope that the customers will benefit from this!
    The customers and well as rival customers will too. The C block was a block being auctioned off as an open block, meaning that whoever gets it MUST keep the network open for other people to roam on to it. My guess is that this will become part of our migration from CDMA to LTE (4th Gen GSM) and providers like att and tmo will have roaming abilities on the VZW network. I see this country quickly becoming like europe in terms of cellular coverage and its an awesome thing! Also you will see these networks pop up rather quickly because anyone who won some of the 700 MHZ licenses has benchmarks to meet otherwise they loose them. The details directly from the FCC are below....

    License Period and Construction Requirements
    License Period. Initial authorizations will extend for a term not to exceed ten years from February 17, 2009, except that initial authorizations for a Part 27 licensee that provides broadcast services, whether exclusively or in combination with other services, will not exceed eight years.
    Construction Requirements. For CMA and EA licenses offered in Auction 73, the licensees must provide signal coverage and offer service to (1) at least 35 percent of the geographic areas of their licenses within four years of the end of the DTV transition, and (2) at least 70 percent of the geographic areas of their licenses at the end of the license term.
    For CMA and EA licenses offered in Auction 76, if any, the licensees must provide signal coverage and offer service to (1) at least 40 percent of the population in its license area within four years, and (2) at least 75 percent of the population in its license area by the end of the license term.
    For REAG licenses offered in Auction 73 or in Auction 76, if any, the licensees must provide signal coverage and offer service on an EA basis, specifically to (1) at least 40 percent of the population in each EA in its license area within four years, and (2) at least 75 percent of the population in each EA by the end of the license term.
    Licensees must file construction notifications, all necessary supporting documentation, and required certifications with the Commission to demonstrate compliance with interim and end-of-term construction benchmarks.
    Any licensee that fails to meet the interim requirement within their license areas will have their license terms reduced by two years, from ten to eight years, thus requiring the licensee to meet the end-of-term benchmark at an accelerated schedule. For those licenses in which the end-of-term performance requirements have not been met, the unused portion of the license will terminate automatically without Commission action and will become available for reassignment by the Commission subject to the keep-what-you-use rule.
    Nationwide License. The term of the nationwide D Block license will not exceed 10 years from February 17, 2009. At the end of the 10-year term, the licensee will be allowed to apply for license renewal. Renewal will be subject to the licensees success in meeting the material requirements set forth in the Network Sharing Agreement (NSA) as well as all other license conditions, including meeting the performance benchmark requirements. The licensee must also file a renewed or modified NSA for Commission approval at the time of its license renewal application.
    The nationwide D Block licensee must provide signal coverage and offer service to (1) at least 75 percent of the population of the license area by the end of the fourth year, (2) at least 95 percent of the population by the end of the seventh year, and (3) at least 99.3 percent of the population by the end of the tenth year. These three construction benchmarks will take effect beginning on February 17, 2009. Moreover, the nationwide D Block licensee must meet the construction benchmarks based on the build-out schedule specified in the NSA. If the licensee fails to meet a construction benchmark, the Commission may cancel its license, depending on the circumstances.
    03-25-08 01:45 PM
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