Auction 2 began on 7/28/1994 and closed on 7/29/1994.
Round N/A (Oral Outcry), (See Winner Bidders PN)
594 licenses. Two each in 297 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)
A block: 218-218.5 MHz
B block: 218.5-219 MHz
Blocks A & B - 500 kHz ea.(2 x 500 kHz) in 297 MSAs
178 bidders won 594 licenses
General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below. Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:
- Key Dates
- Licenses Offered
- Permissible Operations
- License Period
- Installment Payments
- Bidding Credits
On July 28 and 29, 1994, the FCC held an oral outcry auction for two (A block: 218-218.5 MHz and B block: 218.5-219 MHz) IVDS licenses that authorize service in 297 of the 306 MSAs. (The licenses for 9 of the top 10 MSAs were awarded by lottery held September 1993.)
IVDS is a point-to-multipoint, multipoint-to-point, short distance communication service. An IVDS licensee may transmit information, product and service offerings to its subscribers and receive interactive responses. Potential applications include ordering goods or services offered by television services, viewer polling, remote meter reading, vending inventory control, and cable television theft deterrence. Mobile operation is permitted. An IVDS licensee can develop other applications consistent with the rules without Commission approval. An IVDS channel, however, is insufficient for the transmission of conventional full motion video.
Installment payments were made available to small businesses. See the Bidder Information Package for more details.
Businesses owned by women and minorities were entitled to a 25 percent bidding credit. See the Bidder Information Package for more details.