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Auction 11

Broadband PCS D, E, & F Block

DateAuction 11 began on
 and closed on
Round 276 (See PN 97-81)
Licenses1479 licenses. 3 licenses in each of 493 Basic Trading Area (BTA)

SpectrumBlock D: 1865-1870/1945-1950 MHz
Block E: 1885-1890/1965-1970 MHz
Block F: 1890-1895/1970-1975 MHz
BandwidthBlock D, E & F - 10.0 MHz ea. (2 x 5 MHz paired) in 493 BTAs
Total bandwidth: 30.0 MHz (30,000 kHz)

Winning Bidders125 winners 1472 licenses
(93 small business bidders won 598 licenses)
(32 other bidders won 874 licenses)
Bidding Days85
Qualified Bidders153
Licenses Won1472
Licenses Held By FCC7
Net Revenues
Net Bids$2,517,439,565.00
Gross Bids$2,715,885,604.00
General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below. Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:

Key Dates

Pre-Auction Seminar
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
8/1/1996; 5:30 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline (Cashiers Check)
8/12/1996; 11:59 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline (Wire Transfer)
8/12/1996; 6:00 pm ET
Orders for Remote Bidding Software
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Licenses Offered

On August 26, 1996, the Commission began a simultaneous multiple round auction for the final 3 blocks of the Broadband PCS licenses. This auction offered a total of 1,479 licenses, three in each of 493 BTAs in the United States and territories, the most licenses offered in one auction to date. The D and E blocks were open to all entities. To bid on the F block license, the bidder needed to qualify as an entrepreneur.

Bidding On "F" Block Licenses

To bid on an F-block license, an applicant must qualify as an entrepreneur. For this purpose, 47 C.F.R. section 24.709(a) defines an entrepreneur as an applicant that, including its affiliates, its owners, and its owners’ affiliates, has: See the Auction #11 Bidder Information Package for more detail.

Permissible Operations

Broadband Personal Communications Services (PCS) encompasses a variety of mobile and/or portable radio services, using such devices as small, lightweight, multifunction portable phones, portable fax machines, and advanced devices with two-way data capabilities that are competing with existing cellular, paging and other land mobile services.

License Period

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

Installment Payments

Installment payments were offered on F-block licenses. See 47 C.F.R. section 24.709(a)(2), 24.709(b), 24.720(f) and the Auction #11 Bidder Information Package for more detail.

Bidding Credits

size of an F-block bidding credit depends on the annual gross revenues of the bidder and its affiliates, as averaged over the preceding three years. See 47 C.F.R. § 24.717. The bidding credits are not cumulative. The definitions required for calculation gross annual revenues are set out in 47 C.F.R. § 24.720(b), (f), and (l).

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