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Verizon Wireless and United States Cellular Corporation Seek FCC Consent to the Exchange of Broadband Personal Communications Service and Lower 700 MHz Band B and C Block Licenses

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Released: June 8, 2011
PUBLIC NOTICE
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
445 TWELFTH STREET, S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554

DA 11-1012

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

Released: June 7, 2011

VERIZON WIRELESS AND UNITED STATES CELLULAR CORPORATION SEEK FCC

CONSENT TO THE EXCHANGE OF BROADBAND PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS

SERVICE AND LOWER 700 MHZ BAND B AND C BLOCK LICENSES

ULS File Nos. 0004697471, 0004697504, 0004698676, and 50004CWAA11

PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED

Petitions to Deny Due:

June 21, 2011

Oppositions Due:

July 1, 2011

Replies Due:

July 11, 2011

I.

INTRODUCTION

Cellco Partnership, directly and through its indirect wholly owned-subsidiary Alltel
Communications, LLC (together, "Verizon Wireless"), and United States Cellular Corporation ("USCC"),
through its wholly-owned subsidiary USCOC of Central Illinois, LLC ("USCOC-CI"), have filed four
applications pursuant to Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,1 seeking to
exchange certain Broadband Personal Communications Service ("PCS") and Lower 700 MHz Band B
and C Block licenses. In particular, USCOC-CI will assign to Verizon Wireless two 10 megahertz PCS
licenses in Illinois and Indiana, and Verizon Wireless will assign to USCOC-CI 13 Lower 700 MHz Band
B Block licenses and five Lower 700 MHz C Block licenses in Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska,
Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington. The proposed assignment of licenses from USCOC-CI to Verizon
Wireless involves licenses covering 14 counties in five Cellular Market Areas ("CMAs"), and the
proposed assignment of licenses from Verizon Wireless to USCOC-CI involves licenses covering 95
counties in 18 CMAs. The Applicants state that the PCS spectrum to be assigned to Verizon Wireless
will allow Verizon Wireless to expand capacity and improve its services offerings in the relevant markets,
and the Lower 700 MHz Band spectrum to be assigned to USCC will allow USCC to expand into new
markets, and improve network capacity and upgrade voice and data services in its existing markets.
Preliminary review of the application indicates that in a number of the CMAs, USCC would hold,
post transaction, up to 61 megahertz of spectrum below 1 GHz.

II.

SECTION 310(d) APPLICATIONS

The following applications for consent to the assignment of PCS and Lower 700 MHz B and C
Block licenses have been assigned the following file numbers:


1 47 U.S.C. 310(d).

File No.

Licensee

Assignee

Lead Call

Sign

00046974712
Cellco Partnership
USCOC of Central Illinois, LLC
WQJQ736
0004697504
Alltel Communications, LLC
USCOC of Central Illinois, LLC
WPWV467
0004698676
USCOC of Central Illinois, LLC
Alltel Communications, LLC
WPOK676
50004CWAA113 USCOC of Central Illinois, LLC
Cellco Partnership
WQEE474

III.

EX PARTE STATUS OF THIS PROCEEDING

Pursuant to Section 1.1200(a) of the Commission's rules,4 the Commission may adopt modified
or more stringent ex parte procedures in particular proceedings if the public interest so requires.5 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.6
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.7 More than a one- or two-sentence description of the
views and arguments presented is generally required.8 Other rules pertaining to oral and written
presentations are set forth in Section 1.1206(b) as well.9

IV.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The assignment applications referenced herein 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

June 21, 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

July 1, 2011

. Replies to such pleadings must be filed no later
than

July 11, 2011

. All filings concerning matters referenced in this Public Notice should refer to ULS
File No. 0004697471, 0004697504, 0004698676, and/or 50004CWAA11, as appropriate.


2 This application is the lead application.
3 This application was filed manually, and is attached to ULS File No. 0004677426. The Applicants request a
waiver of section 1.913(b) to permit the filing of this manual application. We hereby grant the requested waiver.
4 47 C.F.R. 1.1200(a).
5 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 the revised rules went into effect June
1, 2011. See 76 Fed. Reg. 24376 (May 2, 2011).
6 47 C.F.R. 1.1206.
7 See 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b)(1).
8 See id.
9 Id. 1.1206(b).
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Under the Commission's current procedures for the submission of filings and other documents,10
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-


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