Auction 78 began on 8/13/2008 and closed on 8/20/2008.
35 AWS-1 Licenses:
Block A: 22 Cellular Market Area (CMA) licenses
Block B: 4 Economic Area (EA) licenses
Block C: 3 EA licenses
Block D: 2 Regional Economic Area Grouping (REAG) licenses
Block E: 1 REAG license
Block F: 3 REAG licenses 20 Broadband PCS Licenses:
Block C1: 5 Basic Trading Area (BTA) licenses
Block C3: 2 BTA licenses
Block C4: 3 BTA licenses
Block C5: 2 BTA licenses
Block D: 1 BTA license
Block E: 4 BTA licenses (including 2 partial BTAs)
Block F: 3 BTA licenses 55 licenses total
Block A: 1710-1720 / 2110-2120 MHz (20 MHz)
Block B: 1720-1730 / 2120-2130 MHz (20 MHz)
Block C: 1730-1735 / 2130-2135 MHz (10 MHz)
Block D: 1735-1740 / 2135-2140 MHz (10 MHz)
Block E: 1740-1745 / 2140-2145 MHz (10 MHz)
Block F: 1745-1755 / 2145-2155 MHz (20 MHz)
Broadband PCS Licenses:
Block C1: 1902.5-1910 / 1982.5-1990 MHz (15 MHz)
Block C3: 1895-1900 / 1975-1980 MHz (10 MHz)
Block C4: 1900-1905 / 1980-1985 MHz (10 MHz)
Block C5: 1905-1910 / 1985-1990 MHz (10 MHz)
Block D: 1865-1870 / 1945-1950 MHz (10 MHz)
Block E: 1885-1890 / 1965-1970 MHz (10 MHz or less)
Block F: 1890-1895 / 1970-1975 MHz (10 MHz)
- Key Dates
- Licenses Offered
- Permissible Operations
- License Period and Construction Requirements
- Eligibility for Closed Bidding
- Small Business Bidding Credits
- Tribal Land Bidding Credit
- Licensing Rules
Broadband PCS Licenses: A total of 20 broadband PCS licenses will be offered in the C, D, E and F frequency blocks in full or partial BTA markets. Because of the history of licenses for broadband PCS spectrum, some licenses available in Auction 78 cover less bandwidth and fewer frequencies than noted in the table below. In some cases, licenses are available for only part of a market. Attachments A and B of the Auction 78 Procedures Public Notice (DA 08-1090), released May 16, 2008, provide more details about the broadband PCS licenses that will be offered in this auction. In addition, certain C block licenses are subject to an eligibility restriction making them available only to “entrepreneurs” in “closed” bidding. See section on “Eligibility for Closed Bidding” below.
Five of the broadband PCS licenses available in Auction 78 are for spectrum that became available when previous licenses for that spectrum automatically terminated for failure to meet the construction requirements. These licenses – which includes the four C1 block licenses that are available in closed bidding and the E block license within BTA460 – cannot be acquired by the former licensee. See 47 C.F.R. § 24.203.
- A bidder with attributable average annual gross revenues that exceed $15 million and do not exceed $40 million for the preceding three years (“small business”) receives a 15 percent discount on its winning bids.
- A bidder with attributable average annual gross revenues that do not exceed $15 million for the preceding three years (“very small business”) receives a 25 percent discount on its winning bids.