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AT&T-Sprint WCS Assignment Application Accepted for Filing

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Released: June 2, 2014
PUBLIC NOTICE
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
445 TWELFTH STREET, S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554
News media information 202/418-0500 Fax-On-Demand 202/418-2830 Internet: http://www.fcc.gov ftp.fcc.gov

DA 14-758

Released: June 2, 2014

AT&T AND SPRINT SEEK FCC CONSENT TO THE ASSIGNMENT

OF WCS LICENSES

WT Docket No. 14-83

PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED

Petitions to Deny Due:

July 2, 2014

Oppositions Due:

July 14, 2014

Replies Due:

July 21, 2014

I.

INTRODUCTION

New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of AT&T Inc.
(collectively, “AT&T”), and Unrestricted Subsidiary Funding Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Sprint Corporation (collectively, “Sprint,” and together with AT&T, the “Applicants”) have filed an
application pursuant to section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,1 seeking to
assign 19 A and B Block Wireless Communications Service (“WCS”) licenses to AT&T from Sprint.
The proposed transaction involves only the assignment of spectrum; no subscribers would be transferred.
The Applicants state that the proposed license assignments would facilitate the transition of WCS
spectrum to mobile broadband use and allow AT&T to make more efficient use of spectrum to provide
new and better services to customers.
Preliminary review indicates that, as a result of the instant transaction, AT&T would be assigned
10 to 20 megahertz of WCS A and B Block spectrum in 713 counties in all or parts of 153 Cellular
Market Areas across parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,
New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Post-transaction, AT&T would hold 36
to 165 megahertz of spectrum in total in these 713 counties.


1 47 U.S.C. § 310(d).

II.

SECTION 310(d) APPLICATION

The application for consent to the assignment of licenses has been assigned the following file
number:

File No.

Licensee/Assignor

Assignee

Lead Call Sign

0006239595
Unrestricted Subsidiary Funding
New Cingular Wireless PCS,
KNLB205
Company
LLC

III.

EX PARTE

STATUS OF THIS PROCEEDING

Pursuant to section 1.1200(a) of the Commission’s rules,2 the Commission may adopt modified or
more stringent ex parte procedures in particular proceedings if the public interest so requires. We
announce that this proceeding will be governed by permit-but-disclose ex parte procedures that are
applicable to non-restricted proceedings under section 1.1206 of the Commission’s rules.3
Parties making oral ex parte presentations are directed to the Commission’s revised ex parte
rules. Parties are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must contain the presentation’s
substance and not merely list the subjects discussed.4 More than a one- or two-sentence description of the
views and arguments presented is generally required.5 Other rules pertaining to oral and written
presentations are set forth in section 1.1206(b) as well.6

IV.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The assignment application has been found, upon initial review, to be acceptable for filing. The
Commission reserves the right to return any application if, upon further examination, it is determined to
be defective and not in conformance with the Commission’s rules or policies.
Interested parties must file petitions to deny no later than

July 2, 2014

. Persons and entities that
file petitions to deny become parties to the proceeding. They may participate fully in the proceeding,
including seeking access to any confidential information that may be filed under a protective order,
seeking reconsideration of decisions, and filing appeals of a final decision to the courts. Oppositions to
such pleadings must be filed no later than

July 14, 2014

. Replies to such pleadings must be filed no later
than

July 21, 2014

. All filings concerning matters referenced in this Public Notice should refer to WT
Docket No. 14-83.

To allow the Commission to consider fully all substantive issues regarding the application in

as timely and efficient a manner as possible, petitioners and commenters should raise all issues in
their initial filings. New issues may not be raised in responses or replies.7 A party or interested
person seeking to raise a new issue after the pleading cycle has closed must show good cause why it



2 47 C.F.R. § 1.1200(a).
3 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206.
4 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b)(1).
5 See id.
6 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b).
7 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.45(c).
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was not possible for it to have raised the issue previously. Submissions after the pleading cycle has
closed that seek to raise new issues based on new facts or newly discovered facts should be filed
within 15 days after such facts are discovered. Absent such a showing of good cause, any issues not
timely raised may be disregarded by the Commission.

Under the Commission’s current procedures for the submission of filings and other documents,8
submissions in this matter may be filed electronically through the Commission’s Electronic Comment
Filing System (“ECFS”) or by hand delivery to the Commission.
·

To file electronically,

9 comments shall be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to
http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their
full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket number. Parties may
also submit an electronic comment by email.
·

To file by paper

, the original and four copies of each filing must be filed by hand or messenger
delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be
delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., S.W., Room TW-A325, Washington, D.C. 20554.
The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held
together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the
building. Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority
Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. U.S. Postal
Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street, S.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20554. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of
the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
One copy of each pleading must be delivered electronically, by email or facsimile, or if delivered
as paper copy, by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or
overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (according to the procedures set forth above for paper filings), to:
(1) the Commission’s duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., at FCC@BCPIWEB.COM or
(202) 488-5563 (facsimile); (2) Scott Patrick, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau,
at scott.patrick@fcc.gov or (202) 418-7447 (facsimile); (3) Kate Matraves, Spectrum and Competition
Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, at catherine.matraves@fcc.gov or (202) 418-7447
(facsimile); and (4) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel, at TransactionTeam@fcc.gov or (202) 418-1234
(facsimile).
Copies of the application and any subsequently-filed documents in this matter may be obtained
from Best Copy and Printing, Inc. in person at 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C.
20554, via telephone at (202) 488-5300, via facsimile at (202) 488-5563, or via email at
FCC@BCPIWEB.COM. The application and any associated documents are also available for public
inspection and copying during normal reference room hours at the following Commission office: FCC
Reference Information Center, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-A257, Washington, D.C. 20554. The
application also is available electronically through ULS, which may be accessed on the Commission’s
Internet website. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large
print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and
Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY). Contact the FCC to


8 See FCC Announces Change in Filing Location for Paper Documents, Public Notice, 24 FCC Rcd 14312 (2009).
9 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, GC Docket No. 97-113, Report and Order, 13
FCC Rcd 11322 (1998).
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request reasonable accommodations for filing comments (accessible format documents, sign language
interpreters, CART, etc.) by email: FCC504@fcc.gov; phone: (202) 418-0530 or TTY: (202) 418-0432.
For further information, contact Scott Patrick, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau, at (202) 418-2853, or Kate Matraves, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau, at (202) 391-6272.
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