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AT&T, WCV Assignment Applications Accepted for Filing

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Released: November 2, 2012
PUBLIC NOTICE
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
445 TWELFTH STREET, S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554
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DA 12-1765

Released: November 2, 2012

AT&T MOBILITY SPECTRUM LLC, WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS VENTURE, LLC,

CENTRAL STEARNS COMSIS, INC., AND COMMUNICATIONS ALTERNATIVES, INC.

SEEK FCC CONSENT TO THE ASSIGNMENT OF THREE LOWER 700 MHZ BAND B

BLOCK LICENSES

ULS File Nos. 0005375639, 0005375647, and 0005375652

PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED

Petitions to Deny Due:

November 16, 2012

Oppositions Due:

November 26, 2012

Replies Due:

December 3, 2012

I.

INTRODUCTION

AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC (“AT&T Mobility”), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of
AT&T Inc. (collectively, “AT&T”), together with Wireless Communications Venture, LLC, Central
Stearns Comsis, Inc., and Communications Alternatives, Inc. (collectively, “the Applicants”), have filed
applications pursuant to Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,1 seeking to
assign three Lower 700 MHz Band B Block licenses to AT&T Mobility.2 The Applicants state that the
additional spectrum will enable AT&T to increase its system capacity, particularly for Long Term
Evolution services, and to facilitate the provision of additional products and services to the public
throughout the St. Cloud, Minnesota CMA (CMA 198).
Preliminary review of the applications indicates that AT&T would hold in this CMA, post-
transaction, 75 megahertz of spectrum in total and 55 megahertz of spectrum below 1 GHz.


1 47 U.S.C. § 310(d).
2 Call Sign WQIZ647, covering the St. Cloud, Minnesota Cellular Market Area (“CMA”), was originally granted to
Wireless Communications Venture, the predecessor to Wireless Communications Venture, LLC (“WCV”). See
ULS File Nos. 0003382786, 0003611512. WCV in turn partitioned certain areas under Call Sign WQIZ647 to its
direct or indirect owners: Sherburne Tele Systems, Inc. (ULS File 0003690093, Call Sign WQJW772);
Communications Alternatives, Inc. (ULS File No. 0003692093, Call Sign WQJX804); and Central Stearns Comsis,
Inc. (ULS File No. 0003707243, Call Sign WQKB204). WCV retained the area remaining in this CMA after the
partitioning under Call Sign WQIZ647. Call Sign WQJW772, after intermediate transactions, was assigned to
AT&T Mobility earlier this year. If the proposed transactions are consummated, AT&T would hold Lower 700
MHz Band B Block licenses covering the entire St. Cloud, Minnesota CMA.

II.

SECTION 310(d) APPLICATIONS

The applications for consent to the full assignment of the Lower 700 MHz Band B Block licenses
to AT&T have been assigned the following file numbers:

File No.

Licensee/Assignor

Assignee

Lead Call Sign

0005375639 Wireless Communications Venture, LLC AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC
WQIZ647
0005375647 Central Stearns Comsis, Inc.
AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC
WQKB204
0005375652 Communications Alternatives, Inc.
AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC
WQJX804

III.

EX PARTE

STATUS OF THIS PROCEEDING

Pursuant to Section 1.1200(a) of the Commission’s rules,3 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.4
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.5 More than a one- or two-sentence description of the
views and arguments presented is generally required.6 Other rules pertaining to oral and written
presentations are set forth in Section 1.1206(b) as well.7

IV.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The assignment applications have 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

November 16, 2012

. 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

November 26, 2012

. Replies to such pleadings
must be filed no later than

December 3, 2012

. All filings concerning matters referenced in this Public
Notice should refer to ULS File Nos. 0005375639, 0005375647, and/or 0005375652 as appropriate.

To allow the Commission to consider fully all substantive issues regarding the applications 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.8 A party or interested



3 47 C.F.R. § 1.1200(a).
4 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206.
5 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b)(1).
6 See id.
7 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b).
8 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.45(c).
2

person seeking to raise a new issue after the pleading cycle has closed must show good cause why it
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,9
submissions in this matter may be filed electronically though the Commission’s Universal Licensing
System (“ULS”) or by hand delivery to the Commission.
·

If filed by ULS

, pleadings may be filed via
https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsEntry/pleadings/pleadingsType.jsp.
·

If filed 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., SW, 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 e-mail 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) Kathy Harris, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau,
at kathy.harris@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 applications 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
applications are also 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
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.


9 See FCC Announces Change in Filing Location for Paper Documents, Public Notice, 24 FCC Rcd 14312 (2009).
3

For further information, contact Kathy Harris, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau, at (202) 418-0609, or Kate Matraves, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau, at (202) 391-6272.
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