Starry Wins Licenses in the 24 GHz Band, Enabling Expansion to 40 Million Households Nationwide


BOSTON, June 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Starry, Inc., a vertically-integrated technology and internet service provider, pioneering the deployment of next generation, high-capacity, point-to-multipoint, fixed wireless broadband, today announced that it successfully won 104 licenses in the Federal Communications Commission’s 24 GHz auction (Auction 102)  for 51 partial economic areas in 25 states, covering more than 60 million people and 25 million households. Combined with Starry’s current deployment roadmap, Starry’s fixed wireless footprint will reach more than 40 million households, covering more than 25 percent of all U.S. households.

“We are excited to take this important next step, augmenting our shared spectrum strategy with exclusively licensed spectrum,” said Starry CEO and co-Founder Chet Kanojia. “This gives us the ability to provide access to unlimited, affordable, high-quality internet access to more than 60 million Americans. We built our technology to be agile and operate across a range of frequencies, so that we could take advantage of opportunities like this to expand and grow our network. Our success over the last two years, deploying and operating our network across five major markets, sets the stage for this incredibly exciting next phase for Starry - here in the United States and around the world.”

“Shared licensed, exclusively licensed and unlicensed all have a place in enabling a diverse group of service providers. The combination of shared licensed and exclusively licensed spectrum is a powerful one and we’re excited to put it to work in expanding affordable, high quality internet access across the country,” said Kanojia.

Starry’s innovative fixed wireless technology combines its proprietary phased array antenna technology with MU-MIMO to efficiently deliver high-capacity bandwidth with superior propagation across the communities it serves. Starry’s unique point-to-multipoint design enables the company to provide gigabit-capable coverage to a community with dozens, not thousands of base station sites, at a cost of less than $20 per home passed.  This technology advantage allows Starry to operate efficiently and maximize effective capacity in 200 megahertz of spectrum, and to bring its service to less densely-populated markets over time.

Starry’s success in Auction 102 covers partial economic areas in more than half of the United States. Starry acquired 24 GHz licenses in cities including Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; San Antonio, Brownsville, Lubbock and El Paso, Texas; Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida; Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne and Bloomington, Indiana; Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis, Tennessee; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana; Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin; Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, Alabama; Fayetteville, Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester, New York; Little Rock, Arkansas; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, Colorado; Louisville, Kentucky; Tucson, Arizona; Springfield, Massachusetts; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; Decatur, Illinois; Wichita, Kansas; Spokane, Washington; and Boise City, Idaho.

With its Boston beta launch in 2016, Starry was the first company to successfully commercially deploy pre-standard 5G, point-to-multipoint fixed wireless technology to deliver gigabit-capable broadband to the home. Starry’s entire technology stack was developed in-house, from its network-node (Starry Beam), to the at-premise transceiver (Starry Point) and in-home WiFi hub (Starry Station & Launch). Starry offers consumers a simple, no bundles, no-long-term contract, no-data caps, no-hidden fees plan of $50 per month for 200 mbps, inclusive of installation, 24/7 customer care and all equipment.

In addition to Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New York City, Denver and the 24 GHz markets, Starry will also expand its service to additional markets including: Chicago, San Francisco Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Miami, Memphis, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Manchester, NH, Portland, OR, and Sioux Falls, SD.

Media Contacts:
Virginia Lam Abrams
Madelaine St. Onge 
Starry, Inc.

About Starry, Inc.
At Starry, Inc., we believe the future is wireless and that connecting people to high-speed, broadband internet should be simple and affordable. Using our innovative, next generation fixed wireless technology, Starry is deploying gigabit-capable broadband to the home without bundles, data caps, or long-term contracts. Starry is a different kind of internet service provider. We put our customers first by protecting their privacy, ensuring access to an open and neutral net, and putting the customer experience at the heart of everything we do. Headquartered in Boston and backed by world-class investors, Starry is currently available in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Denver and is expanding nationwide. To learn more about Starry or to join our team and help us build a better internet, visit: