US cable giant Comcast has confirmed recent speculation that it will participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction, Fierce Cable reports, clarifying that the cableco has registered to bid under the ‘CC Wireless Investment’ name.
In related news, satellite TV provider – and long-time wireless market aspirant – DISH Network may also participate in the auction, despite landing in hot water for its tactic of bidding via Designated Entity (DE) companies in last year’s AWS-3 spectrum auction; DISH attempted to claim more than USD3 billion in small business discounts due to a technicality. Regardless, Fierce Wireless has reported that one company on the 600MHz bidding list, ParkerB Wireless, is registered under DISH’s Denver-area address.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the FCC has released a list of 104 applicants, comprising 69 complete applications and 35 incomplete applications. Applicants in the ‘incomplete’ category – including the likes of AT&T Mobility – have until 6 April to re-submit their paperwork.