Carolina West Wireless was awarded additional frequencies in the FCC’s first incentive auction. Designed to “realign” the broadcast spectrum with more modern uses, the auction had a reverse part in which television stations relinquished bandwidth when the price was right, and a forward one where companies bid on freed-up frequencies. All told, the auction repurposed 84 megahertz, collecting $19.8 billion, $7 billion of which will be used to reduce the national deficit. As a winner, Carolina West will spend about $10.2 million reaching over 2.2 million people in 32 counties in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. Carolina West’s new frequencies are low-band, and they’ll be used to expand LTE coverage and fill in gaps in existing service. The new frequencies will allow Carolina West to meet demand and lay the foundation for the next generation (5G) of wireless. Carolina West was founded in 1991, and it is owned by Skyline Telephone, Surry Telephone, and Wilkes Telecommunications. Before the auction, it provided high-speed data and mobile services, wireless service plans, and the newest wireless devices to customers in ten area counties.