Auction 55 began on 2/11/2004 and closed on 2/25/2004.
Round 76 See PN PN 04-578
896 - 901 MHz and 935 - 940 MHz
Blocks A thru T - 0.25 MHz each (paired 0.125 MHz segments)
5 bidders won 55 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
- Bidding Credits
- Tribal Land Credits
- Licensing Rules
Auction No. 55 included 55 Major Trading Area (MTA) licenses in the Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) Service in the 896-901 MHz and 935-940 MHz bands. A complete list of licenses for Auction No. 55 and their descriptions is provided in Attachment A of Public Notice DA 03-3235. The MTAs are based on the Rand McNally 1992 Commercial Atlas & Marketing Guide, 123rd Edition.
Note: For Auction No. 55, licenses are not available in every market or for each channel block listed in the table. In one case, a license is available for only part of a market. See Attachment A of Public Notice DA 03-3235 to determine which licenses will be offered.
Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) Services are used primarily for voice communications. Systems are also being developed for data and facsimile services. Additionally, the development of digital SMR technology is allowing new features and services such as two-way acknowledgement paging & inventory tracking, credit and authorization, automatic vehicle location, fleet management, remote database access, and voice mail.
Build Out Requirements: 1/3 of service area population in 3 years; 2/3 of service area population in 5 years. Alternatively, at the five year mark, submit a showing of "substantial service." See 47 C.F.R. § 90.665(c).
Bidding credits are available to small businesses or consortia thereof, as defined in 47 C.F.R. §§ 90.810 and 90.814. A bidding credit is a payment discount on a winning bid determined at the conclusion of the bidding process. The size of the bidding credit depends on the average annual gross revenues for the preceding three years of the bidder, its affiliates, its controlling interests, and the affiliates of its controlling interests:
- A bidder with attributed average annual gross revenues of not more than $15 million for the preceding three years receives a 10 percent discount on its winning bid(s) for the 900 MHz SMR license(s)
- A bidder with attributed average annual gross revenues of not more than $3 million for the preceding three years receives a 15 percent discount on its winning bid(s) for the 900 MHz SMR license(s)
A winning bidder that intends to use its license(s) to deploy facilities and provide services to federally-recognized tribal lands that are unserved by any telecommunications carrier or that have a telephone service penetration rate equal to or below 70 percent is eligible to receive a tribal land bidding credit as set forth in 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.2107(e) and 1.2110(f). A tribal land bidding credit is in addition to, and separate from, any other bidding credit for which a winning bidder may qualify. A winning bidder need not qualify for a small business bidding credit to be eligible for a tribal lands bidding credit.
Unlike other bidding credits that are requested prior to the auction, a winning bidder applies for the tribal land bidding credit after winning the auction when it files its long-form application (FCC Form 601). In order for a winning bidder to be awarded a tribal land bidding credit, it must provide specific certifications regarding the servicing of tribal lands and is subject to specific performance criteria as set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 1.2110(f).
Additional information on the tribal land bidding credit, including how the amount of the credit is calculated, can be found on the Commission’s web site by going to Tribal Land Credits.
Incumbent SMR systems in the 900 MHz MTA blocks are entitled to co-channel protection by MTA licensees. Among other licensing and technical rules, MTA licensees will be required to afford interference protection to incumbent SMR systems, on a fixed separation basis as provided in Section 90.621. Secondary sites for which applications were filed on or before August 9, 1994, are also afforded complete co-channel protection.
Incumbents may modify or add sites so long as they do not exceed their existing 40 dBu signal strength contour. See 47 C.F.R. § 90.667(a). In fact, incumbent systems are not allowed to expand beyond existing service areas unless they obtain the MTA license for the relevant channels.
Potential bidders seeking licenses for MTAs that border Canada or Mexico are subject to coordination arrangements with those respective countries. See 47 C.F.R. § 90.619.