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Released: March 21, 2013
PUBLIC NOTICE
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
445 TWELFTH STREET, S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554
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DA 13-522

Released: March 21, 2013

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU GRANTS CONSENT

TO THE ASSIGNMENT OF PORTIONS OR ALL OF THREE PERSONAL

COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE LICENSES COVERING PARTS OF ILLINOIS,

INDIANA, MICHIGAN, MISSOURI, AND OHIO FROM UNITED STATES

CELLULAR CORPORATION TO SPRINT NEXTEL CORPORATION

ULS File Nos. 0005549463, 0005549472, and 0005549491

I.

DESCRIPTION OF TRANSACTION

SprintCom, Inc. (“SprintCom”) and Sprint Spectrum, L.P. (“Sprint Spectrum”), both wholly-
owned subsidiaries of Sprint Nextel Corporation (collectively, “Sprint”), and United States Cellular
Operating Company of Chicago, LLC and USCOC of Greater Missouri, LLC, both wholly-owned
subsidiaries of United States Cellular Corporation (collectively, “U.S. Cellular,” and together with Sprint,
the “Applicants”), filed applications pursuant to section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as
amended (the “Act”),1 seeking to assign portions or all of three Personal Communications Service
(“PCS”) licenses, covering parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio, from U.S. Cellular to
Sprint.
The proposed transaction involves the transfer of 10 to 20 megahertz of PCS spectrum in all or
parts of 31 Cellular Market Areas, including Chicago and St. Louis, along with the transfer of 585,000
subscribers in these areas. According to the Applicants, the additional spectrum would provide Sprint
with access to additional network capacity in areas of significant demand, while U.S. Cellular would be
able to focus its efforts on the markets it would continue to serve.

II.

SECTION 310(d) APPLICATIONS FOR ASSIGNMENT OF LICENSES

Pursuant to section 310(d) of the Act and section 0.331 of the Commission’s rules,2 the Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau (“Bureau”) grants the following applications requesting Commission
consent to the assignment of portions or all of three PCS licenses as described above. No comments or
petitions to deny were received in response to the Public Notice announcing that the applications had been
accepted for filing.3 The Bureau finds, upon full consideration of the record, that the proposed license


1 47 U.S.C. § 310(d).
2 47 C.F.R. § 0.331.
3 Sprint Nextel Corporation and United States Cellular Corporation Seek FCC Consent to the Assignment of
Portions or all of three Personal Communications Service Licenses covering parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan,
Missouri and Ohio. Public Notice, DA 13-55 (rel. Jan. 15, 2013).

assignments would serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity. 4 The following applications for
consent to the full or partial assignment of three PCS licenses from U.S. Cellular to Sprint are hereby
granted.

File No.

Licensee/Assignor

Assignee

Lead Call Sign

0005549463
United States Cellular Operating
SprintCom, Inc.
WPQL237
Company of Chicago, LLC
0005549472
United States Cellular Operating
SprintCom, Inc.
WPVX733
Company of Chicago, LLC
0005549491
USCOC of Greater Missouri, LLC
Sprint Spectrum, L.P.
WPYI873
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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4 See 47 U.S.C. § 310(d).
2

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