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Washington, D.C. 20549


Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


(Name of Issuer)

Class A Common Stock

(Title of Class of Securities)





(CUSIP Number)

February 19, 2002

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this schedule is filed:

        / /      Rule 13d-1(b)

        /X/      Rule 13d-1(c)

        / /      Rule 13d-1(d)

        *The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

        The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

CUSIP No.:    65333F107


S.S. or I.R.S. Identification No. of above person.



        William H. Gates III





(2)   Check the Appropriate Box if a Member   (a)   / /
    of a Group   (b)   / /








(3)   Sec Use Only








(4)   Citizenship or Place of Organization



        State of Washington





Number of Shares Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person With   (5)   Sole Voting Power







        (6)   Shared Voting Power







        (7)   Sole Dispositive Power







        (8)   Shared Dispositive Power








(9)   Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person








(10)   Check box if the Aggregate Amount in Row (9) Excludes Certain Shares    / /








(11)   Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (9)








(12)   Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)









Item 1.   (a)   Name of Issuer:  Nextel Partners, Inc. (the "Issuer")





Address of Principal Executive Offices of the Issuer:  4500 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA 98033

Item 2.




Name of Person Filing:  William H. Gates III





Address of Principal Business Office:  One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington 98052





Citizenship:  William H. Gates III is a citizen of the United States of America





Title of Class of Securities:  Class A Common Stock ("Common Stock")





CUSIP Number:  65333F107

Item 3.


Not Applicable

Item 4.







Amount beneficially owned:  9,022,906*





Percent of class:  5.45%





Number of shares as to which the person has:







Sole power to vote or to direct the vote  







Shared power to vote or to direct the vote







Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of







Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of





* Represents shares of Common Stock owned by Cascade Investment, L.L.C. ("Cascade") and by Mente, L.L.C. ("Mente"). All Common Stock held by Cascade or Mente may be deemed to be beneficially owned by William H. Gates III as the sole member of each of Cascade and Mente. Michael Larson, the manager and executive officer of each of Cascade and Mente, has voting and investment power with respect to the Common Stock held by each of Cascade and Mente. Mr. Larson disclaims any beneficial ownership of the Common Stock beneficially owned by Cascade, Mente and Mr. Gates.

Item 5.


Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class:  Not Applicable

Item 6.


Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person:  Not Applicable

Item 7.


Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which Acquired the Security Being Reported on By the Parent Holding Company:  Not Applicable

Item 8.


Identification and Classification of Members of the Group:  Not Applicable

Item 9.


Notice of Dissolution of a Group:  Not Applicable

Item 10.





By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect.



        After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.



Date: February 26, 2002






William H. Gates III, by Michael Larson
as attorney in fact*

* Duly authorized under power of attorney dated March 14, 2001, by and on behalf of William H. Gates III, filed with Cascade's Amendment No. 1 to Schedule 13D with respect to Pan American Silver Corp. on March 19, 2001, SEC File No. 005-52919, and incorporated by reference herein.