Rural Carriers File Petition for Reconsideration Regarding Rural Bid Credit Eligibility

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Several entities, including rural carriers Bulloch Cellular, Inc., Pineland Cellular, Inc., and Planters Rural Cellular, Inc., have filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Application Procedures for Broadcast Incentive Auction Public Notice, insofar as it limits eligibility for the Rural Service Provider Bidding Credit to applicants that are “service provider[s]…in the business of providing commercial communications services,” and would exclude a non-service provider that is wholly owned by rural service providers.  Petitioners expressed concern that limiting Rural Service Provider Bidding Credit eligibility in this manner could have a chilling effect on the use of innovative business relationships between rural service providers and dampen Incentive Auction competition. Oppositions to the Petition are due Dec. 28, 2015, and and replies will be due Jan. 7, 2016.

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