Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) will participate in the FCC's 600 MHz incentive auction, bidding under the entity CC Wireless Investment LLC, the cable company confirmed.
The FCC released a list of 104 applicants — 69 complete applications and 35 incomplete applications. Notably included in the incomplete applications is Liberty Global, which filed but will not participate in the auction, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Dish Network's (NASDAQ: DISH) name is notably absent from the list, as are the designated entity names it used during last year's AWS-3 auction, Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. However, as FierceWireless notes, one company on the list -- ParkerB Wireless -- is registered under Dish's Denver-area address.
According to New Street Research, Mediacom also plans to participate. However, company officials would not confirm these plans, or disclose whether there's an entity on the list that represents their MSO.
Also notable, meanwhile, was the exclusion of Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR), which had earlier stated plans to participate.
As for Comcast, the company confirmed during its fourth-quarter earnings call in February that it plans to participate in forward portion of the auction. But the MSO didn't indicate that it would walk away with a haul of new spectrum licenses.
Comcast had said earlier that its NBCUniversal unit would likely give up spectrum to the FCC as part of the incentive auction, but it has been circumspect about its intentions to buy any spectrum at auction. CEO Brian Roberts said the company "is taking a paddle" in the upcoming auction but is only considering acquiring spectrum that can give it more "strategic flexibility" rather than aggressively pursuing a wireless service.
Also speaking during Comcast's fourth-quarter earnings call, cable-division CEO Neil Smit said that the company is looking at "hand-off" technology for its 13.3 million Wi-Fi hotspots as it continues to explore entry into the wireless business.
Here's the complete list of participating companies, courtesy of FierceWireless:
Agri-Valley Communications, Inc.
Beachfront Wireless, L.P.
Bluewater Wireless II, L.P.
CC Wireless Investment, LLC
Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless
Cellular South Licenses, LLC
Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation
Corrin, Lois B
Deihim , Fardad
Docomo Pacific, Inc.
East Kentucky Network, LLC
Elliiott, Terri A
Falcon Spectrum LLC
Farmers Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Harris, Michelle J
Hulce, James C
Jones-Leslie, Melvina C
K2 Wireless, LLC
LICT Wireless Broadband Company, LLC
Lumumba, Jawara K
McCotter, James E
Mutual Telephone Company of Sioux Center, Iowa
NEIT Services, LLC
Northern Valley Communications, LLC
Nova Wireless LLC
Nsight Spectrum, LLC
Omega Wireless, LLC
Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
Parker, Barbara J
ParkerB.com Wireless L.L.C.
Pine Cellular Phones, Inc.
Pioneer-Nex-Tech Wireless-Rural Tel Consortium
Plateau Telecommunications, Inc.
Polar Communications Mutual Aid Corporation
Puerto Rico Telephone Company, Inc.
Rolling Hills Entertainment, LLC
RSM Wireless, LP
Sagebrush Cellular, Inc.
Smith Bagley, Inc.
Social Capital Rama Spectrum Holdings LLC
Spectrum Financial Partners, LLC
Spotlight Media Corp., Inc.
STG Wireless Licensee, LLC
T-Mobile License LLC
Talley, Marlon B
The Alaska Wireless Network, LLC
Tradewinds Wireless Holdings, LLC
Triangle Communication Systems, Inc.
Union Telephone Company
UNITED STATES CELLULAR CORPORATION
VTel Wireless, Inc.
WCTA Wireless, Inc.
Zephyr Spectrum Fund I LP
AT&T Spectrum Holdings LLC
Ben Amor, Farid E
BlueBird America LLC
Channel 51 License Co LLC
Citizens Telephone Company of Hammond, NY, Inc.
CT Cube, L.P.
Dawnlight Communication Inc
E. Ritter Communications Holdings, Inc.
Eureka Global Telecom
GCE WS Holdings Inc
Gold Spectrum, LLC
Inland Cellular, LLC
Iowa RSA 2 Limited Partnership
KURIAN, THOMAS K
laboral data systems
Liberty Spectrum Inc.
Limitless Mobile, LLC
Mach FM Corp.
Mark Twain Communications Company
MSP 600 LLC
NE Colorado Cellular, Inc.
Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company
Pine Belt Cellular, Inc.
RDGG Investment Corporation
SAL Spectrum, LLC
SI Wireless, LLC
Talley, Gregory M
Teleguam Holdings, LLC
TStar 600, LLC
Wade, Barbara J
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