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Sprint, USCC PCS Assignment Application Accepted for Filing

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Released: January 15, 2013
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 13-55

Released: January 15, 2013

SPRINT NEXTEL COPORATION 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

ULS File Nos. 0005549463, 0005549472, and 0005549491

PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED

Petitions To Deny Due:

January 29, 2013

Oppositions Due:

February 8, 2013

Replies Due:

February 15, 2013

I.

INTRODUCTION

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”) have filed applications pursuant to Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934,
as amended,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 Applicants state that the additional spectrum will provide Sprint with access to additional network
capacity in areas of significant demand, while U.S. Cellular will be able to focus its efforts on the markets
it would continue to serve.
The proposed transaction will involve the transfer of 10 to 20 megahertz of PCS spectrum in all
or parts of 31 Cellular Market Areas (“CMAs”), including Chicago and St. Louis, along with the transfer
of 585,000 subscribers in these areas. Preliminary review of the applications indicates that the proposed
transaction does not trigger the spectrum screen in any county involved.

1 47 U.S.C. § 310(d).

II.

SECTION 310(d) APPLICATIONS

The applications for consent to the full or partial assignment of three PCS licenses from U.S.
Cellular to Sprint have been assigned the following file numbers:

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

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 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

January 29, 2013

. 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

February 8, 2013

. Replies to such pleadings must be filed no
later than

February 15, 2013

. All filings concerning matters referenced in this Public Notice should refer
to ULS File Nos. 0005549463, 0005549472, and/or 0005549491 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

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).
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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
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 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 applications 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.

7 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.45(c).
8 See FCC Announces Change in Filing Location for Paper Documents, Public Notice, 24 FCC Rcd 14312 (2009).
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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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