Verizon, AT&T lead spectrum-auction winners

Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Echostar, Cox, Qualcomm and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Vulcan Ventures are among the winnners in the FCC wireless-spectrum auction. Verizon and AT&T grabbed the largest portions of the auctioned airwaves, paying a combined $16 billion of the total $19.6 billion. The commission plans to re-auction the so-called D-block, the band reserved for use as a nationwide emergency network, after it failed to attract a minimum bid, Chairman Kevin Martin said.

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