Verizon, T-Mobile, Comcast and maybe Dish among 104 applicants for the FCC's 600 MHz incentive auction

The FCC released a list of 104 applicants (69 complete applications and 35 incomplete applications) for its upcoming incentive auction of TV broadcasters' unwanted 600 MHz spectrum, and it's marked by a few recognizable names as well as some wild cards. Verizon (NYSE: VZ), T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS), U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) and C Spire Wireless are all signed up, while AT&T (NYSE: T) and Bluegrass Wireless have yet to fully complete their applications.

The FCC recently assured that the 600 MHz incentive auction would proceed as planned on March 29, and now the list of bidders is here to put another big piece of the process in place.

Comcast confirmed to FierceWireless the company is among those that will participate in the auction. The company will bid under the name CC Wireless Investment. Comcast earlier this year signaled that it would participate in the auction, though cautioned that it might not spend a lot of money on spectrum licenses.

Sprint (NYSE: S), as promised, did not apply for bidding in the auction. It's still unclear if SoftBank, Sprint's majority owner, applied as it was recently rumored to be considering. Dish Network's (NASDAQ: DISH) name is missing from the list, as are its AWS-3 auction designated entity (DE) partners Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. However, one listed company -- Wireless -- is registered under Dish's Denver-area address, indicating the satellite TV provider is once again looking to pick up spectrum. Neither Dish Network nor SoftBank was immediately available to respond to inquiries from FierceWireless.

Controversy arose after Dish's DEs obtained $3.33 billion in bidding credits, which the FCC ultimately denied.

In a research note released Monday morning, BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk said that SoftBank did not apply as speculated, and Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR), which is in the final stretch of its attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks, also did not apply. Liberty Global did apply but the Wall Street Journal reports that the MSO no longer intends to bid in the auction.

Piecyk said that America Movil, under the name Puerto Rico Telephone Company, and NTT DoCoMo, under the name DoCoMo Pacific, have also applied but he speculates that neither will bid on markets in the continental U.S.

While the field of bidders right now looks a lot like the participants that helped push the 2015 AWS-3 spectrum auction to record revenues of $45 billion, a new Reuters report suggests broadcasters should brace for less. The Blackstone Group recently sold three stations in Baltimore, Detroit and Buffalo, New York for $24 million, a price significantly lower than the opening bids of $477 million those markets' spectrum licenses are projected to fetch in the upcoming auction. As Reuters points out, Blackstone's sale right before the auction could spell lowered expectations for broadcasters and lower demand from wireless operators.

Check out the full list of auction applicants, below.


Complete applications:

Agri-Valley Communications, Inc.

Beachfront Wireless, L.P.

Bluewater Wireless II, L.P.

Bratcher, Montel

CC Wireless Investment, LLC

Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless

Cellular South Licenses, LLC

Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation

Chou, Jean

Corrin, Lois B

CWW Consortium

Deihim , Fardad

Docomo Pacific, Inc.

East Kentucky Network, LLC

Elliiott, Terri A

Falcon Spectrum LLC

Farmers Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

FIgliolini, Johnny

Gibson, Zenolia

Harris, Michelle J

Hulce, James C

Jones-Leslie, Melvina C

K2 Wireless, LLC

Keller, Nancy

Knight, Ron

LICT Wireless Broadband Company, LLC

Lopez, Sharon

Lumumba, Jawara K

May-Barlow, Gwendolyn

McCotter, James E

Millner, Dianne

Millner, Jeff

Mutual Telephone Company of Sioux Center, Iowa

NEIT Services, LLC

NewLevel, LLC

Nicodimos, Azieb

Northern Valley Communications, LLC

Nova Wireless LLC

Nsight Spectrum, LLC

Omega Wireless, LLC

Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc.

Parker, Barbara J Wireless L.L.C.

PBP Consortium

Pine Cellular Phones, Inc.

Pioneer-Nex-Tech Wireless-Rural Tel Consortium

Plateau Telecommunications, Inc.

Polar Communications Mutual Aid Corporation

Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc.

Rolling Hills Entertainment, LLC

RSM Wireless, LP

Rushing, Doryce

Sagebrush Cellular, Inc.

Smith Bagley, Inc.

Social Capital Rama Spectrum Holdings LLC

Spectrum Financial Partners, LLC

Spotlight Media Corp., Inc.

STG Wireless Licensee, LLC

T-Mobile License LLC

Talley, Marlon B

The Alaska Wireless Network, LLC

Tradewinds Wireless Holdings, LLC

Triangle Communication Systems, Inc.

Union Telephone Company


VTel Wireless, Inc.

Washington, Donzella

WCTA Wireless, Inc.

Zephyr Spectrum Fund I LP


Incomplete applications:

AT&T Spectrum Holdings LLC

Ben Amor, Farid E

BlueBird America LLC

Bluegrass Consortium

Channel 51 License Co LLC

Citizens Telephone Company of Hammond, NY, Inc.

CT Cube, L.P.

Dawnlight Communication Inc

E. Ritter Communications Holdings, Inc.

Eureka Global Telecom

GCE WS Holdings Inc

Gold Spectrum, LLC

Inland Cellular, LLC

Iowa RSA 2 Limited Partnership


Kyla Talley

laboral data systems

Liberty Spectrum Inc.

Limitless Mobile, LLC

Mach FM Corp.

Mark Twain Communications Company


NE Colorado Cellular, Inc.

Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company

Pine Belt Cellular, Inc.

RDGG Investment Corporation

SAL Spectrum, LLC

SI Wireless, LLC

Talley, Gregory M

Teleguam Holdings, LLC

TStar 600, LLC

Wade, Barbara J

Wendl, Lisa

Wendl, Lisa

Wire, G

For more:
- read this Reuters article

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Article updated March 21 with details on Comcast, from a BTIG research note, and additional information from a Reuters report.