Comcast to participate in FCC's 600 MHz incentive auction

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

Complete applications:

Agri-Valley Communications, Inc.

Beachfront Wireless, L.P.

Bluewater Wireless II, L.P.

Bratcher, Montel

CC Wireless Investment, LLC

Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless

Cellular South Licenses, LLC

Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation

Chou, Jean

Corrin, Lois B

CWW Consortium

Deihim , Fardad

Docomo Pacific, Inc.

East Kentucky Network, LLC

Elliiott, Terri A

Falcon Spectrum LLC

Farmers Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

FIgliolini, Johnny

Gibson, Zenolia

Harris, Michelle J

Hulce, James C

Jones-Leslie, Melvina C

K2 Wireless, LLC

Keller, Nancy

Knight, Ron

LICT Wireless Broadband Company, LLC

Lopez, Sharon

Lumumba, Jawara K

May-Barlow, Gwendolyn

McCotter, James E

Millner, Dianne

Millner, Jeff

Mutual Telephone Company of Sioux Center, Iowa

NEIT Services, LLC

NewLevel, LLC

Nicodimos, Azieb

Northern Valley Communications, LLC

Nova Wireless LLC

Nsight Spectrum, LLC

Omega Wireless, LLC

Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc.

Parker, Barbara J Wireless L.L.C.

PBP Consortium

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

Rushing, Doryce

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


VTel Wireless, Inc.

Washington, Donzella

WCTA Wireless, Inc.

Zephyr Spectrum Fund I LP


Incomplete applications:

AT&T Spectrum Holdings LLC

Ben Amor, Farid E

BlueBird America LLC

Bluegrass Consortium

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


Kyla Talley

laboral data systems

Liberty Spectrum Inc.

Limitless Mobile, LLC

Mach FM Corp.

Mark Twain Communications Company


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

Wendl, Lisa

Wendl, Lisa

Wire, G

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