FCC releases list of potential bidders for airwaves auction starting March 29

FCC releases list of potential bidders for airwaves auction starting March 29

On Friday, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a list of companies that have applied to bid in a forthcoming government auction of wireless airwaves. The auction is scheduled to commence on March 29, 2016.

At the upcoming auction, the FCC will purchase airwaves from local TV stations, and resell the spectrum to companies which operate cellular networks.

According to the list released by the FCC on Friday, a total of 104 companies have applied for potential purchase of airwaves in the auction. These companies include some bigwig names like Verizon Communications, AT&T, T-Mobile US, Dish Network, and a few rural telecom operators from North Dakota to New Mexico.

In addition, the list of potential bidders at the auction also includes cable providers Comcast and Liberty Global, as well as the US biggest TV station owner Satellite Broadcast Group, and America Movil SAB's Puerto Rico Telephone Company Inc.

One of the most prominent telecom companies not participating in the auction is Sprint Corp.

Meanwhile, among the companies that will be selling TV airwaves to the FCC at the forthcoming auction include bigwig broadcasters like CBS Corp., Univision Communications Inc., and local PBS stations.

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