Here’s who is bidding in the FCC’s first-ever millimeter-wave spectrum auctions

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The FCC kicks off the 28 GHz auction on Nov. 14. (bee32/iStock)

Some of the usual suspects are on the lists for bidders hoping to compete for 28 GHz and 24 GHz licenses that are being teed up by the FCC for the first-ever millimeter wave auctions.

AT&T Spectrum Frontiers, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Frontier Communications and Windstream are among those submitting applications for the 28 GHz auction, also known as Auction 101.

AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Cox Communications, Starry Spectrum Holdings, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Windstream are among those in the running for the 24 GHz auction, also known as Auction 102.

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The 28 GHz auction is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and will offer 3,072 Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service (UMFUS) licenses in the 27.5–28.35 GHz (28 GHz) band. The 24 GHz auction, which will be scheduled to begin after the conclusion of bidding in the 28 GHz auction, will offer 2,909 UMFUS licenses in the 24.25–24.45 GHz and 24.75–25.25 GHz (24 GHz) band.

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The FCC reviewed the short-form applications for the auctions and classified them into categories listed as “Complete” and “Incomplete.” The FCC is giving applicants time to fix their applications if need be and resubmit them by Oct. 23. Upfront payments for the 28 GHz auction also are due by 6 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 23.

Here are the lists as the FCC published them today.

Auction 101 bidders with complete applications:

8538 GREEN STREET LLC

Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative

Aries Wireless LLC

AT&T Spectrum Frontiers LLC

Beyerle, David E

Central Broadband 24/28 GHz Consortium

Cityfront Wireless LLC

Connection Capital, LLC 

Crestone Wireless L.L.C. (This bidding entity appears to be Dish Network)

Day Management Corporation (This bidding entity appears to be Day Wireless Systems)

High Band License Co LLC (This bidding entity appears to be Columbia Capital)

Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Howard, Judith

Inland Cellular LLC

LICT Wireless Broadband Company, LLC

NEIT Services, LLC

Nsight Spectrum, LLC

Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Pine Belt Cellular, Inc.

Public Service Wireless Services, Inc.

RNB Spectrum, LLC 

Roller Network LLC

Townes 5G, LLC

Union Telephone Company

Universal Electrical Contractors

Williams, Leslie

 

Auction 101 bidders with incomplete applications:

Atlantic Seawinds Communications, LLC

BDCIH Wireless, LLC

BroadBand One of the Midwest, Inc

Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless

Cordova Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Frontier Communications Corporation

FTC Management Group, Inc.

Mark Twain Communications Company

MetaLINK Technologies, Inc.

mmWaveBroadband Co. (This bidding entity appears to be Viasat)

Nemont Communications, Inc.

Northern Valley Communications, LLC

Nuvera Communications, Inc.

Rock Port Telephone Company

S&T Communications

SANN Consortium

T-Mobile License LLC

TelAlaska Cellular, Inc.

Trace Fiber Networks, LLC

Tradewinds Wireless Holdings, LLC

United States Cellular Corporation

van Steenis, Ryan

Western Independent Networks, Inc -OR

Windstream Services, LLC

 

Auction 102 bidders with complete applications:

8538 GREEN STREET LLC

Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative

Aries Wireless LLC

AT&T Spectrum Frontiers LLC

Beyerle, David E 

Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless

Central Broadband 24/28 GHz Consortium

Cityfront Wireless LLC

Connection Capital, LLC 

Cox Communications, Inc

Crestone Wireless L.L.C. (This bidding entity appears to be Dish Network)

Day Management Corporation (This bidding entity appears to be Day Wireless Systems)

Docomo Pacific, Inc.

High Band License Co LLC (This bidding entity appears to be Columbia Capital) 

Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. 

Howard, Judith

Inland Cellular LLC

Kitsune Communications LLC

LICT Wireless Broadband Company, LLC

NEIT Services, LLC

Nsight Spectrum, LLC

One Ring Networks III, Inc.

Pine Belt Cellular, Inc.

Public Service Wireless Services, Inc.

RNB Spectrum, LLC 0

Roller Network LLC 0

RSA 1 Limited Partnership (This bidding entity appears to be a collection of many smaller providers)

Skyriver Spectrum & Technology LLC

Starry Spectrum Holdings LLC

TeleGuam Holdings, LLC

Tri County Radio

Union Telephone Company

Universal Electrical Contractors

Williams, Leslie

 

Auction 102 bidders with incomplete applications:

ATI Sub LLC (This bidding entity appears to be Sprint)

Atlantic Seawinds Communications, LLC

BDCIH Wireless, LLC

Bluegrass Consortium

BroadBand One of the Midwest, Inc

Canby Telephone Assocaiton DBA DirectLink

Cordova Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Frontier Communications Corporation

FTC Management Group, Inc.

Mark Twain Communications Company

NBVDS Investment, L.L.C.

Northern Valley Communications, LLC

Nuvera Communications, Inc.

Rock Port Telephone Company

S&T Communications

Samba Capital Partners, LLC

SANN Consortium

Spectrum Financial Partners, LLC

T-Mobile License LLC

The Alaska Wireless Network, LLC

Trace Fiber Networks, LLC

Tradewinds Wireless Holdings, LLC

United States Cellular Corporation

van Steenis, Ryan

Western Independent Networks, Inc -OR

Windstream Services, LLC

 

Mike Dano contributed to this report.

Article updated Oct. 11 to remove be Falkenberg Capital from the list of bidders.