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

DA 11-2018

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Released: December 14, 2011

VERIZON WIRELESS AND LEAP WIRELESS SEEK FCC CONSENT TO

THE EXCHANGE OF LOWER 700 MHz BAND A BLOCK, AWS-1, AND

PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE LICENSES

ULS File Nos. 0004942973, 0004942992, 0004952444, 0004949596, and 0004949598

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 Leap Wireless International
Inc. (“Leap Wireless”),1 collectively, the “Applicants,” have filed a series of applications pursuant to
Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,2 seeking approval to assign spectrum
licenses. The Applicants request consent to assign the 700 MHz Lower Band Block A license for the
Chicago BEA from Verizon Wireless to Leap Wireless.3 In addition, Leap Wireless will assign to
Verizon Wireless 23 PCS licenses and 13 AWS-1 licenses in full; disaggregated portions of one PCS
license and one AWS-1 license; and partitioned portions of three AWS-1 licenses.4
The Applicants state that the assignment of licenses will enable Verizon Wireless to add spectrum
capacity in some markets that will help address the rapidly growing demand of its customers for
broadband wireless services. The Applicants also state that Leap Wireless is in need of the additional
spectrum in the Chicago area to expand its service offerings and to deploy LTE network technology,
which will allow it to offer improved broadband data services and to continue to compete with other
carriers in that market. Finally, the Applicants explain that the proposed transactions involve the sale of


1 Leap Wireless International, Inc. holds a direct 100 percent ownership interest in Cricket Communications, Inc.
Cricket Communications, Inc. holds a 100 percent ownership interest in Cricket License Company, LLC and an 85
percent ownership interest in Savary Island License A, LLC and Savary Island License B, LLC. See FCC 602
Ownership Disclosure Information for the Wireless Telecommunications Services, File No. 0004963672 (filed Nov.
21, 2011). The instant applications are filed by Savary Island License A, LLC (File No. 0004942973), Savary Island
License B, LLC (File No. 0004942992), and Cricket License Company, LLC (File Nos. 0004952444, 0004949596,
and 0004949598).
2 47 U.S.C. § 310(d).
3 See File No. 0004952444.
4 See File Nos. 0004942973, 0004942992, 0004949596, and 0004949598.

excess spectrum in the subject markets, and the transactions will not affect the existing operations of
either carrier or involve any customer transition issues.
Preliminary review of the applications indicates that the proposed transfer of licenses would
result in Verizon Wireless acquiring between 10-30 megahertz of spectrum in 204 CMAs. Leap Wireless
would acquire 12 megahertz of spectrum in 13 CMAs.

II.

SECTION 310(d) APPLICATIONS

The following applications for consent to the assignment licenses have been assigned the
following file numbers:

File No.

Licensee

Assignee

Lead Call Sign

0004942973 Savary Island License A, LLC
Cellco Partnership
WQNH801
0004942992 Savary Island License B, LLC
Cellco Partnership
WQNH802
0004952444 Cellco Partnership
Cricket License Company, LLC
WQJQ707
0004949596 Cricket License Company, LLC
Cellco Partnership
WPOJ687
0004949598 Cricket License Company, LLC
Cellco Partnership
KNLF376

III.

EX PARTE

STATUS OF THIS PROCEEDING

Pursuant to Section 1.1200(a) of the Commission’s rules,5 the Commission may adopt modified
or more stringent ex parte procedures in particular proceedings if the public interest so requires.6 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.7
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.8 More than a one- or two-sentence description of the
views and arguments presented is generally required.9 Other rules pertaining to oral and written
presentations are set forth in Section 1.1206(b) as well.10


5 47 C.F.R. § 1.1200(a).
6 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).
7 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206.
8 See 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206(b)(1).
9 See id.
10 Id. § 1.1206(b).
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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

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 Nos. 0004942973, 0004942992, 0004952444, 0004949596, and/or
0004949598 as appropriate.
Under the Commission’s current procedures for the submission of filings and other documents,11
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


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