Auction 8 began on 1/24/1996 and closed on 1/25/1996.
Round 19. (See Winning Bidders PN)
1 Nationwide; 110 degree satellite
12.2-12.7 GHz (approx.)
28 Ch. @ 24 MHz
1 bidder won 1 license
General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below. Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:
From January 24, 1996 through January 26, 1996 the FCC auctioned two Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) construction permits. The first permit, for the use of 28 channels in the 110 degree west orbital location offering full nationwide coverage, was awarded after 19 rounds to MCI Telecom Corp. with a winning bid of $682.5 million. (See Auction #9 for details on the second permit.)
DBS is defined to include satellite transmission of voice, video, and data direct to the consumer. Thus, while DBS is expected to be a competitor to cable, the service is not limited to the traditional model of providing multi-channel video programming. DBS is a direct-to-home satellite service that permits delivery of digitally-compressed audio and video signals to individual households by means of an 18 inch dish receiving antenna. DBS services offer packages of satellite television and radio programming which includes virtually all of the basic and premium cable programming services, retransmitted television broadcast signals (network stations are available only to "unserved households," those without off-air access or recent access via a cable subscription to an affiliate of the network in question), a substantial amount of "out-of-market" sports programming, and a wide range of pay-per-view movies.