The Federal Communications Commission has announced the first three wireless companies authorized to receive Mobility Fund Phase I support in Auction 901. Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (LEACO), Pinpoint Wireless, Inc. (Pinpoint) and NEP Cellcorp, Inc. (NEP) have all received authorization by the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureaus) to receive disbursements from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) so that they may provide advanced mobile voice and broadband services (3G or 4G) in areas where such services are currently unavailable. All three companies were advised throughout the process by Bennet & Bennet, PLLC.
Of the 795 winning bids and associated winning bidders in Auction 901, the Bureaus have reviewed the long-form application information, including the letter of credit and Bankruptcy Code opinion letter, only for LEACO, Pinpoint and NEP.
NEP is authorized to receive up to $2,059,746.29 to provide 4G services in Susquehanna and Wayne, Pennsylvania. LEACO is authorized to receive up to $2,245,050.34 to provide 3G services in Chaves, Eddy and Lea, New Mexico. Pinpoint is authorized to receive up to $194,978.97 to provide 3G services in Furnas and Red Willow, Nebraska.
ABOUT BENNET & BENNET, PLLC
Bennet & Bennet is a full service communications law firm with extensive experience representing clients across the communications industry. The firm advises and counsels clients in all aspects of communications law and business and advocates for its clients in a wide variety of forums. Bennet & Bennet also serves as counsel for the Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG) – The Rural Wireless Advocate and publishes the Rural Spectrum Scanner. bennetlaw.com ruralspectrumscanner.com
ABOUT NEP CELLCORP, INC.
For over 110 years, the North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Company has been providing North Eastern Pennsylvania with the best in telecommunications and technology from low priced bundled services including TV, High Speed Internet, and Telephone to the most local coverage of any wireless provider. nep.net
ABOUT LEACO RURAL TELEPHONE COOPERATIVE, INC.
LEACO, headquartered in Hobbs, NM, has been southeastern New Mexico’s leading provider of wired and wireless telecommunications and high-speed Internet services since 1954. The cooperative now serves a population of nearly 175,000 in Antelope Ridge, Artesia, Carlsbad, Dexter, Eunice, Hagerman, Hobbs, Maljamar, Roswell and Tatum, NM. Leaco provides wireless cellular, PCS, Wi-Fi and DSL services; local and long distance telephone services; wired dial-up, DSL and high-speed Internet services; and competitive local telephone services via a fiber optic ring. leaco.net
ABOUT PINPOINT WIRELESS, INC.
Communication is the driving force behind the Pinpoint organization. From local telephone service to dark fiber, Pinpoint uses communications technology to create economic opportunity for people and businesses throughout Nebraska and beyond. pnpt.com