80 companies register interest in AWS-3 auction, but will DISH run away with the spoils?

3 Oct 2014

US satellite TV giant DISH Network has reportedly entered into joint bidding arrangements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless License Co, ahead of next month’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) AWS-3 auction. According to Reuters, DISH and its chairman Charlie Ergen have an indirect ownership interest in Northstar alongside Alaska Native corporation Doyon Ltd and financial firm Catalyst Investors; New York-based asset management firm BlackRock holds membership shares in SNR. DISH, which will be bidding under the name ‘American AWS-3 Wireless’, submitted the disclosures to the watchdog this week.

According to documents supplied by the FCC, a total of 80 companies have expressed an interest in the auction, which is scheduled to commence on 13 November. However, of that figure, only 33 were classified by the regulator as ‘complete’, with the bulk (47) of the applications deemed ‘incomplete’ by the FCC. Notable companies that filed incomplete applications include AT&T Mobility (bidding as AT&T Wireless Services 3 LLC), Teleguam Holdings, Bluegrass Wireless and Wolverine Wireless. Meanwhile, noteworthy inclusions on the complete list include: Verizon Wireless (bidding as Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless), DoCoMo Pacific, Puerto Rico Telephone Company and T-Mobile US.

All initial applications have to put down an upfront payment by 15 October to confirm participation.