T-Mobile-CenturyLink 700 MHz Assignment Application Accepted
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
445 TWELFTH STREET, S.W.
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554
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Released: August 20, 2014
T-MOBILE AND CENTURYLINK SEEK FCC CONSENT TO THE ASSIGNMENT OF
THIRTEEN LOWER 700 MHZ A BLOCK LICENSES
ULS File No. 0006402872
PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED
Petitions to Deny Due:
September 3, 2014
September 15, 2014
September 22, 2014
T-Mobile License LLC (“T-Mobile”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of T-Mobile USA, Inc., and
Actel, LLC (“CenturyLink”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CenturyLink, Inc. (CenturyLink, together
with T-Mobile, the “Applicants”) have filed an application pursuant to section 310(d) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended,1 seeking the assignment of thirteen Lower 700 MHz A Block
licenses from CenturyLink to T-Mobile. The subject licenses cover geographic areas throughout the
United States. The proposed transaction involves the transfer of spectrum; no customers or networks
would be transferred.
The Applicants assert that the proposed transaction would allow T-Mobile to expand its coverage
and offer improved services to its customers. The Applicants further contend that T-Mobile would
become a stronger competitor in the subject markets and nationwide, which would enhance competition
and improve the quality of services in the mobile wireless marketplace.
Our preliminary review indicates that, as a result of the proposed transaction, T-Mobile would
acquire 12 megahertz of Lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum in 179 counties in all or parts of 50 Cellular
Market Areas (“CMAs”) in parts of various states. Post-transaction T-Mobile would hold 32 to 82
megahertz of spectrum in total in these 50 CMAs, including 12 megahertz of spectrum below 1 GHz.
SECTION 310(d) APPLICATION
The application for the assignment of licenses has been assigned the following file number:
Lead Call Sign
T-Mobile License LLC
1 47 U.S.C. § 310(d).
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 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
The assignment application 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 September 3, 2014. 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 September 15, 2014. Replies to such pleadings
must be filed no later than September 22, 2014. All filings concerning matters referenced in this Public
Notice should refer to ULS File No. 0006402872.
To allow the Commission to consider fully all substantive issues regarding the 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.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 through the Commission’s Universal Licensing
System (“ULS”) or by hand delivery to the Commission.
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).
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).
To file electronically, visit the ULS web site at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/ and click on the
“Submit a Pleading” link, complete the administrative information, and upload your pleading.
To file 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., S.W., 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) Scott Patrick, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau,
at email@example.com or (202) 418-7447 (facsimile); (3) Kate Matraves, Spectrum and Competition
Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 418-7447
(facsimile); and (4) Jim Bird, Office of General Counsel, at TransactionTeam@fcc.gov or (202) 418-1234
Copies of the application 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 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
application also is 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 email@example.com 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.
For further information, contact Scott Patrick, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau, at (202) 418-2853, or Kate Matraves, Spectrum and Competition Policy Division, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau, at (202) 391-6272.
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