AT&T intends to use the spectrum to increase its LTE capacity across nine markets (Cellular Market Areas or CMAs) in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The notice does not state which specific markets are within these licensed areas. In all, AT&T would hold 70-125MHz of spectrum in those markets. It looks as though the FCC is ready to give this transaction the green light unless “petitions to deny” are submitted by November 14th.
Since AT&T had to give up spectrum and cash to T-Mobile USA after its failed merger attempt, this spectrum will certainly help the carrier expand its footprint as it rolls out LTE services. Assuming the deal goes through, hopefully that means better service for AT&Ts customers in the near-term.