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Wireless pioneer James Dwyer dies at 73

James Dwyer Jr., a pioneer in the wireless industry, has died at the age of 73. Described as a visionary and serial entrepreneur, Dwyer played an instrumental role in the growth and rise of the cellular telecommunications industry worldwide.Dwyer died Friday evening at his...

M2M entrants are welcomed to the jungle: Diversified companies will swell the ranks of competitors

Editor's Note: RCR Wireless News has teamed with the Yankee Group to conduct a series of market surveys of RCR Wireless News' subscribers to gauge their thoughts o technology issues impacting the wireless ecosystem. Those of you who respond to the surveys will get...

Dobson’s subscriber adds on the increase

OKLAHOMA CITY—Dobson Communications Corp. said its subscriber additions improved significantly during the third quarter. In a preliminary quarterly report, the company said it added about 23,500 net subscribers, including 11,300 postpaid customers and 14,500 prepaid customers. During the third quarter of last year the...

Dobson buys Highland Cellular for $95M

OKLAHOMA CITY—Dobson Communications Corp. said it acquired Highland Cellular L.L.C. through its American Cellular Corp. subsidiary. The deal is valued at $95 million. Highland provides wireless service to about 50,000 subscribers in southern West Virginia and two counties in Virginia. American Cellular provides service...

Weekly wireless ratings wrap-up

The following list includes ratings changes and financial information for wireless companies announced this week by investment-banking and financial-services firms.Click here for wireless ratings from past weeks from RCR Wireless News.CarrierRW Baird raised its rating on AT&T Inc. on strong earnings momentum. It also...

New, old faces line up for AWS auction

WASHINGTON-Next month's advanced wireless services auction, anticipated for years due to the infusion of an additional 90 megahertz of spectrum into the U.S. wireless industry, may come to be remembered by who didn't show for the big dance. In the no-surprise category, Cingular Wireless...

Dobson closes on new Texas spectrum

OKLAHOMA CITY—Dobson Communications Corp. wrapped up its $25 million purchase of wireless assets and spectrum in Texas, which will expand the rural carrier's footprint in the central area of the state. Dobson subsidiary American Cellular Corp. made the purchase of assets in the Texas...

Dobson closes on new Texas spectrum

OKLAHOMA CITY—Dobson Communications Corp. wrapped up its $25 million purchase of wireless assets and spectrum in Texas, which will expand the rural carrier’s footprint in the central area of the state. Dobson subsidiary American Cellular Corp. made the purchase of assets in the Texas...

Tower companies stress service even as they fatten portfolios

If it seems like the tower industry has been taken over by giants, consider that first and foremost, towers are real estate. Thus, the game is not necessarily played according to volume. Rather, the value of any given tower depends in large part on...

Global Tower goes West with Chinook, Crown Castle refinances

Global Tower Partners expanded its footprint in the Western United States with an agreement to buy 78 towers from Chinook Wireless Communications, a carrier holding 1900 MHz licenses in eight basic trading areas covering more than 1 million people across Montana and part of...

Global Tower Partners goes West with Chinook purchase

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Global Tower Partners expanded its footprint in the Western United States with an agreement to buy 78 towers from Chinook Wireless Communications, a carrier holding 1900 MHz licenses in eight basic trading areas covering more than 1 million people across Montana and...

Dobson picks up Highland Cellular for $95 million

OKLAHOMA CITY-Dobson Communications Corp.'s subsidiary American Cellular Corp. said it agreed to purchase Highland Cellular L.L.C. for $95 million. Highland provides wireless service to approximately 51,000 customers in parts of West Virginia and Virginia, markets south of existing Dobson operations. The deal includes a...

Dobson picks up Highland Cellular for $95M, posts improved Q1 results

OKLAHOMA CITY—Dobson Communications Corp.’s subsidiary American Cellular Corp. said it agreed to purchase Highland Cellular L.L.C. for $95 million. Highland provides wireless service to approximately 51,000 customers in parts of West Virginia and Virginia in markets south of current Dobson operations. The deal includes...

Dobson subsidiary expands Texas operations

OKLAHOMA CITY-Dobson Communications Corp.'s wireless subsidiary, American Cellular Corp., expanded its spectrum position in Texas with the $25 million purchase of a Rural Service Area and additional spectrum in markets that the company already serves. The Texas 15 RSA covers nearly 12,500 square miles...

Dobson subsidiary adds to Texas holdings

OKLAHOMA CITY—Dobson Communications Corp.’s wireless subsidiary, American Cellular Corp., expanded its spectrum position in Texas with the $25 million purchase of a Rural Service Area and additional spectrum in markets that the company already serves. The Texas 15 RSA covers nearly 12,500 square miles...

Dobson to get $30 million annually from USF

OKLAHOMA CITY-Dobson Communications Corp. announced that two of its subsidiaries have been designated as eligible telecommunications carriers (ETC) in rural areas of Alaska and Minnesota by the states' respective regulatory commissions.The carrier already has received written notification from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska that...

Dobson to get $30 million annually from universal service fund

OKLAHOMA CITY-Dobson Communications Corp. announced that two of its subsidiaries have been designated as eligible telecommunications carriers (ETC) in rural areas of Alaska and Minnesota by the states' respective regulatory commissions. The carrier already has received written notification from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska...

Dobson buys wireless assets of Pa. carrier

Dobson Communications Corp. reported that its American Cellular Corp. subsidiary has acquired the non-licensed wireless assets of Endless Mountain Wireless L.L.C. covering Pennsylvania Rural Service Area 4 for $12.2 million. Dobson noted that it initially will operate under a spectrum manager lease using Endless...

Global Tower completes buy of most Dobson towers

Regional wireless operator Dobson Communications Corp. reported that its subsidiaries Dobson Cellular Systems Inc. and American Cellular Corp. completed the sale of 507 cellular towers to Global Tower Partners for $77 million. Dobson Cellular received $46.1 million for 323 towers, and American Cellular received...

Dobson denies rumored American Cellular sale

Dobson Communications Corp. denied a Standard & Poor's report that the regional wireless operator was considering a sale of its financially troubled American Cellular Corp. subsidiary. The S&P online newsletter cited unnamed sources and speculated that strong trading of Dobson's bonds was linked to...

Leap lines up Verizon to roam, Verizon gets more spectrum

NEW ORLEANS-Leap Wireless International Inc. continued its rapid evolution last week, signing a pair of deals with Verizon Wireless that will allow Leap to add nationwide roaming capabilities to its Cricket wireless offering and provide Verizon Wireless with another infusion of wireless spectrum. Leap...

Leap, Dobson sell towers

Both Leap Wireless International Inc. and Dobson Communications Corp. in unrelated deals said that with the help of Daniels & Associates, they are selling and then leasing back towers. Leap is selling 142 towers to Mountain Union Telecom L.L.C. for $18 million. It will...

Carriers ask court to stay judge’s decision in Minn. case

WASHINGTON-The nation's top mobile-phone carriers asked a Minnesota federal court to stay a judge's decision last Friday upholding a new state law going into effect next week that bans mobile-phone carriers from making significant changes to service contracts without obtaining written or verbal permission...

Judge upholds Minn. law forbidding carriers to change contracts without consent

WASHINGTON-A Minnesota federal court has upheld a new state law forbidding mobile-phone carriers from making significant changes to service contracts without obtaining written or verbal permission from subscribers, but ruled regulatory recovery fees can be passed through to consumers without notice.The Minnesota wireless consumer...

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