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Some notable names are participating in the CBRS auction

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The FCC Tuesday released a list of entities that have registered their interest in participating in the agency's auction of CBRS 3.5GHz midband spectrum, currently scheduled to start July 23. Noteworthy names among potential bidders include AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Charter Communications, Dish Network, Cox Communications, Comcast, CenturyLink and others.

The auction appears to have drawn interest from entities not typically associated with spectrum bidders. For example, other names that appear among the FCC's filings include oil and gas companies like Chevron and Occidental Petroleum, tower company CellTex, fiber company Corning, agriculture equipment supplier John Deere, and the universities of Kentucky, Texas A&M and Virginia, as well as Duke University and Health System.



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I'd imagine that we have so many registered bidders because they were already using this spectrum space. Filling to bid just to see if they can get licensed space on the cheap. Some businesses might feel like they can benefit by moving to licensed space too.


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Comcast (and other cable mvnos) have millions of wi-fi APs that are used to subsized cellular use. What if they got a license say 20MHz wide of CBRS in their coverage territories. Then add CBRS to their wireless cable modems.  These could be at higher power output which would improve coverage over 2.4GHz and improve utilization being on LTE/5G technology over WiFi.

I don't really see cable co adding these to poles and such, but feel like the above is more likely.

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