FCC: 81 applicants accepted for AWS auction

The FCC said it received 81 complete applications for the advanced wireless services (AWS) auction, while the agency deemed 171 applications incomplete. The incomplete apps must be corrected and resubmitted prior to August 9, which is the start of bidding for the 1,122 licenses. Three of the major carriers--Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Cingular Wireless--each filed short-form applications, however, Cingular must resubmit its filing with corrections by July 18. The Sprint Nextel cable venture also submitted a short-form application as expected, but the filing was listed under "SprectrumCo" and needs to be corrected and re-submitted too. The FCC says 46 of the 81 accepted AWS applications are seeking small business license discounts.

For more on the AWS auction:
- read this article from RCR Wireless