Auction 7 began on 12/5/1995 and closed on 4/15/1996.
(See PN 96-586)
1020 licenses. 20 (blocks A-T) in each of 51 Major Trading Areas (MTAs)
Half in the 935-940 MHz; half in the 896-901 MHz
Blocks A thru T - 0.25 MHz ea. in 51 MTAs
80 bidders won 1020 licenses
General information and associated licensing parameters are listed below. Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction.
A total of 1020 licenses, 20 licenses (blocks A-T) in each of 51 Major Trading Areas (MTAs). The 900 MHz systems operate on two 12.5 kHz channels paired.
Specialized Mobile Radio Services (SMR) 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 and 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).
Installment payments were offered. See the Bidders Information Package for more information on this subject.
Incumbent SMR systems in the 900 MHz MTA blocks are entitled to co-channel protection by MTA licensees, as well as adjacent channel interference protection. Incumbent systems, however, are not allowed to expand beyond existing service areas unless they obtain the MTA license for the relevant channels. Incumbents: MTA licensees must provide protection to incumbents by locating stations at least 70 miles (113 km) from incumbent's facilities or by complying with the short-spacing rule. See 47 C.F.R. § 90.621. Secondary sites for which applications were filed on or before August 9, 1994, will be afforded complete co-channel protection. No secondary sites will be granted after the selection of MTA licensees. See 47 C.F.R. § 90.667(b). Incumbents may modify or add sites so long as they do not exceed existing 40 dBu signal strength contour. See 47 C.F.R. § 90.667(a). .