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USCC-USA Communications Assignment Application Accepted for Filing

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Released: February 10, 2012
PUBLIC NOTICE
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
445 TWELFTH STREET, S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554

DA 12-190

News media information 202/418-0500 Fax-On-Demand 202/418-2830 Internet: http://www.fcc.gov ftp.fcc.gov

Released: February 10, 2012

USCOC NEBRASKA/KANSAS, LLC AND USA COMMUNICATIONS, LLC SEEK FCC

CONSENT TO THE ASSIGNMENT OF TWO LOWER 700 MHZ BAND C BLOCK LICENSES

ULS File No. 0004981001

PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED

Petitions to Deny Due:

February 24, 2012

Oppositions Due:

March 5, 2012

Replies Due:

March 12, 2012

I.

INTRODUCTION

USCOC Nebraska/Kansas, LLC (“USCOC-NK”), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of United
States Cellular Corporation (“USCC”),1 and USA Communications, LLC (“USA-Comm”) (collectively,
“the Applicants”) have filed an application pursuant to Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of
1934, as amended,2 seeking to assign two Lower 700 MHz Band C Block licenses from USA-Comm to
USCOC-NK. The Applicants state that the additional spectrum will enable USCC to offer innovative
wireless services utilizing 700 MHz spectrum in the markets in which the licenses will be acquired and
will allow USCC to improve and enhance its voice and data service offerings in those markets.
Preliminary review of the application indicates that, as a result of the proposed license
assignments, USCC would be attributed with, post transaction, 49 to 61 megahertz of spectrum below 1
GHz in eight counties located in CMA538 – Nebraska RSA 6 and CMA540 – Nebraska RSA 8.

II.

SECTION 310(d) APPLICATION

The following application for consent to the full assignment of two Lower 700 MHz Band C
Block licenses from USA-Comm to USCOC-NK has been assigned the following file number:

File No.

Licensee/Assignor

Assignee

Lead Call Sign

0004981001 USA Communications, LLC
USCOC Nebraska/Kansas, LLC
WPWV404


1 USCC is a majority-owned (82.8 percent) subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (“TDS”).
2 47 U.S.C. § 310(d).

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 application 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 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 application referenced herein 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

February 24, 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

March 5, 2012

. Replies to such pleadings must
be filed no later than

March 12, 2012

. All filings concerning matters referenced in this Public Notice
should refer to ULS File No. 0004981001.

To allow the Commission to consider fully all substantive issues regarding the subject

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.8 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,9
submissions in this matter may be filed electronically (i.e., though the Commission’s Universal Licensing
System (“ULS”)) or by hand delivery to the Commission.


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 Id. § 1.1206(b).
8 See 47 C.F.R. §1.45(c).
9 See FCC Announces Change in Filing Location for Paper Documents, Public Notice, 24 FCC Rcd 14312 (2009).
2

·

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 jim.bird@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 e-mail 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 e-mail 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 e-mail: FCC504@fcc.gov; phone: (202) 418-0530 or TTY: (202) 418-
0432.
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) 418-7878.
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