Friday, June 10, 2005

Clearwire Spectrum Acquisition

Several blogs have made note of a purchase by Clearwire of 2.5 GHz BRS spectrum from CT Communications, nee Wavetel, and questions have been raised about what areas the licenses cover.

You could search the FCC Universal Licensing System, but then, why would you be reading this when you could be having fun searching ULS?

So here goes. The licenses cover 6 BTAs (Basic Trading Areas):

BTA062, Burlington NC
BTA141, Fayetteville-Lumberton NC
BTA229, Kingsport-Johnson City TN
BTA295, Middlesboro-Harlan KY
BTA368, Raleigh-Durham NC
BTA382, Rocky Mount-Wilson NC

There are also nine specific licenses within those BTAs, and one license in BTA074, Charlotte-Gastonia NC.

Note that the NC BTAs are all in the Raleigh-Durham area. Clearwire did not purchase CTC's licenses for six other BTAs in NC.