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APPLICATION OF AT&T MOBILITY SPECTRUM LLC AND EASTERN COLORADO WIRELESS, LCC APPROVED

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of

Application of AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC and Eastern Colorado Wireless, LLC

For Consent To Assign License

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WT Docket No. 16-189

Memorandum opinion and order

Adopted:  January 5, 2017                                                                          Released:  January 5, 2017

By the Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau:

I.                    Introduction

    1. In this Memorandum Opinion and Order, we consider the application of AT&T and Eastern Colorado for Commission consent to the assignment from Eastern Colorado to AT&T of one Lower 700 MHz C Block license covering one local market in Colorado. The Commission determined in the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order that increased aggregation of below-1-GHz spectrum would be treated as an “enhanced factor” under its case-by-case review of license transfers if post-transaction the acquiring entity would hold approximately one-third or more of the suitable and available spectrum below 1 GHz.[1]  In the proposed transaction, AT&T would increase its spectrum holdings, and in particular, would hold post-transaction more than one-third of the currently suitable and available below-1-GHz spectrum in this local market area.  After carefully evaluating the likely competitive effects of AT&T’s increased aggregation of below-1-GHz spectrum in this local market area, as well as the other factors ordinarily considered in a case-by-case review, we find that the likelihood of competitive harm is low.  Further, we find that some public interest benefits are likely to be realized, such as increased network quality and a better consumer experience.  Based on the record before us and our public interest review, we find that the proposed assignment of this license would serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity, and therefore we consent to the proposed assignment.

II.                 Background and public interest framework

  1. Description of the Applicants. AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of AT&T Inc. (together with AT&T Mobility Spectrum LLC, AT&T), which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and is a communications holding company that ranks among the leading providers of telecommunications services in the United States.[2]  Eastern Colorado Wireless, LLC (Eastern Colorado, and together with AT&T, the Applicants) is a licensee that does not currently provide wireless service.[3]
  2. Description of the Transaction. On May 17, 2016, AT&T and Eastern Colorado filed the Application pursuant to Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act),[4] seeking Commission consent to assign a Lower 700 MHz C Block license to AT&T.[5]  Through the instant transaction, AT&T would be assigned 12 megahertz of low-band spectrum from Eastern Colorado in Cellular Market Area (CMA) 355 (Colorado 8 – Kiowa).[6]  Post-transaction, AT&T would hold 145 megahertz of spectrum in total, and in particular, it would increase its below-1-GHz holdings to 55 megahertz in this CMA.[7]

Read the complete memorandum here:DA-17-13A1.pdf

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