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Auction 1

Nationwide Narrowband (PCS)

 
DateAuction 1 began on
7/25/1994
 and closed on
7/29/1994
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Round 47, (See PN PNWL 94-4)
Licenses10 nationwide licenses and 1 additional nationwide license (N9) awarded by pioneer's preference.
Spectrum901-902 MHz
930-931 MHz
940-941 MHz
Bandwidth
Blocks N1 thru N5 - 100 kHz ea.(2 x 50 kHz) nationwide (total 500 kHz)
Blocks N6 thru N8 - 62.5 kHz ea.(50 kHz & 12.5 kHz) nationwide (total 187.5 kHz)
Blocks N9 thru N11 - 50 kHz ea. nationwide (total 150 kHz)
(Note: N9 was awarded via pioneer preference)

Total Bandwidth: 0.7875 MHz (787.5 kHz)
Winning Bidders6 bidders won 10 licenses (No designated entities)
Rounds47
Bidding Days5
Qualified Bidders29
Licenses Won10
Net Revenues
Net Bids$617,006,674.00
Gross Bids$650,306,674.00
Pioneers Preference ($33,300,000.00)
 
General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below. Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:

Key Dates

EventDate
Pre-Auction Seminar
7/24/1994
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
7/1/1994; 5:30 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
7/11/1994; 3:00 pm ET
Auction Start
7/25/1994
Auction Closed
7/29/1994

Licenses Offered

The FCC auctioned ten nationwide licenses to provide Narrowband Personal Communications Services (Narrowband PCS) in the 900 MHz band and awarded another through the pioneer's preference program.
Channel BlockFrequencies
N-1940.00-940.05 MHz and 901.00-901.05 MHz
N-2940.05-940.10 MHz and 901.05-901.10 MHz
N-3940.10-940.15 MHz and 901.10-901.15 MHz
N-4940.15-940.20 MHz and 901.15-901.20 MHz
N-5**940.20-940.25 MHz and 901.20-901.25 MHz
N-6930.40-930.45 MHz and 901.7500-901.7625 MHz
N-7930.45-930.50 MHz and 901.7625-901.7750 MHz
N-8**930.50-930.55 MHz and 901.7750-901.7875 MHz
N-10940.80-940.85 MHz
N-11**940.85-940.90 MHz
** Businesses owned by women and/or minorities were eligible for a 25% bidding credit on these licenses. See Third Report and Order at 72-80

Permissable Operations

Narrowband PCS can be used to provide services such as voice message paging, two-way acknowledgement paging in which a subscriber can receive a message and transmit a response back to the sender, and other data services.
Winners of the nationwide Narrowband PCS licenses were authorized to provide service over all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

License Period

Licenses are issued for a ten-year term from the initial license grant date.

Bidding Credits

Businesses owned by women and minorities were entitled to a 25 percent bidding credit. Bidding credits were available on channels #N-5 (940.20-940.25MHz and 901.20-901.25 MHz), #N-8 (930.50-930.55MHz and 901.7750-901.7875 MHz), and #N-11 (940.85-940.90MHz).

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8/4/2006