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Released: December 14, 2011
PUBLIC NOTICE
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
445 TWELFTH STREET, S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554

DA 11-2021

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

Released: December 14, 2011

VERIZON WIRELESS AND SOUTH CANAAN (U.S. CELLULAR) SEEK

FCC CONSENT TO THE ASSIGNMENT OF CELLULAR BLOCK B AND

ASSOCIATED POINT-TO-POINT MICROWAVE LICENSES

ULS File No. 0004957491

PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED

Petitions to Deny Due:

December 28, 2011

Oppositions Due:

January 9, 2012

Replies Due:

January 17, 2012

I.

INTRODUCTION

Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless (“Verizon Wireless”) and South Canaan Cellular
Communications Company, L.P. (“South Canaan”),1 collectively, the “Applicants,” have filed an
application pursuant to Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,2 seeking consent
to the proposed assignment of the cellular Block B license KNKN800 and associated common carrier
fixed point-to-point microwave licenses from South Canaan to Verizon Wireless. The proposed
assignment of license involves two counties in one CMA in Pennsylvania. The Applicants state that
Verizon Wireless will transition the customers acquired from South Canaan to Verizon Wireless’s service
within a period of nine to twelve months after closing. The Applicants assert that the proposed
assignment will serve the public interest because it will enable Verizon Wireless to enter this market,
which it currently does not serve, as a new competitor offering voice and 3G services, and that this entry
into the market will enhance the breadth of wireless product and service offerings to South Canaan’s
customers. The Applicants also state that the existing cellular operations will be supplemented by
Verizon Wireless’s planned deployment of 4G LTE in the market in the near future.
Preliminary review of the application indicates that in the two counties, Verizon Wireless would
hold, post-transaction, 59 megahertz of spectrum below 1 GHz.


1 South Canaan is indirectly owned and controlled by United States Cellular Corporation (“U.S. Cellular”). See
South Canaan Cellular Communications Company, L.P., Form 602, File No. 0004740257 (filed May 24, 2011)
2 47 U.S.C. § 310(d).

II.

SECTION 310(d) APPLICATION

The following application for consent to the full assignment of the Cellular Block B license and
associated common carrier fixed point-to-point microwave licenses from South Canaan to Verizon
Wireless has been assigned the following file number:

File No.

Licensee

Assignee

Lead Call Sign

0004957491 South Canaan Cellular
Cellco Partnership
KNKN800
Communications Company, L.P.

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.4 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.5
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.6 More than a one- or two-sentence description of the
views and arguments presented is generally required.7 Other rules pertaining to oral and written
presentations are set forth in Section 1.1206(b) as well.8

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

December 28, 2011

. 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

January 9, 2012

. Replies to such pleadings
must be filed no later than

January 17, 2012

. All filings concerning matters referenced in this Public
Notice should refer to ULS File No. 0004957491.


3 47 C.F.R. § 1.1200(a).
4 On February 1, 2011, the Commission adopted a Report and Order amending and revising the Commission’s rules
on ex parte presentations. Amendment of the Commission’s Ex Parte Rules and Other Procedural Rules, GC
Docket No. 10-43, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 11-11 (rel. Feb. 2, 2011).
The revised rules were published in the Federal Register on May 2, 2011, and went into effect June 1, 2011. See 76
Fed. Reg. 24376 (May 2, 2011).
5 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206.
6 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b)(1).
7 See id.
8 Id. § 1.1206(b).
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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.
·

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 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 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.
-FCC-


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