On October 18, 2019, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice (“Notice”) announcing the applications accepted for filing in the 700 MHz Phase 1 relicensing window and the start date for Phase 2 of relicensing of certain 700 MHz spectrum (WT Docket No. 06-150).

Phase 1 – The Phase 1 700 MHz 30-day relicensing window closed on September 11, 2019 for four markets where licensees failed to meet construction requirements. Listed in the Appendix to the Notice, the Bureau finds five applications acceptable for filing in Phase 1 (three applications from AT&T, one application from T-Mobile, and one application from Chevron). Two of these applications (AT&T and T-Mobile; CMA652, Texas 1 – Dallam) are mutually exclusive; applicants have 60 days from the release of this Notice to reach a settlement concerning these applications. Any unresolved mutually exclusive application will be subject to auction. Petitions to deny the accepted applications must be filed within 30 days of the release of this Notice.

Phase 2 – Phase 2 of the 700 MHz relicensing will begin on October 25, 2019. During Phase 2, interested applicants may file applications on a rolling basis for the available areas not licensed during Phase 1 or areas that have no pending applications. Applicants that were barred during Phase 1 may participate, however licensees that failed to meet the construction requirements for a relicensed area are permanently barred from applying to serve that area in the future. Each first-filed application deemed acceptable for filing will be placed on public notice for 30 days, during which time applicants can file mutually exclusive applications. The Bureau reminds applicants to ensure that they can meet the coverage requirement before they file applications during Phase 2 – licenses acquired will have one year to complete construction, provide signal coverage, and offer service over 100% of the relicensed area. Licensees failing to meet these requirements will be subject to license termination and will be ineligible to apply to provide service to that area in the future, as detailed in the 700 MHz Procedures Public Notice.

Potential applicants can view a map of available areas for re-licensing in Phase 2 here. The Bureau will periodically update the map of available areas during Phase 2 to reflect pending applications, licenses issued, and any remaining available areas.

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