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Auction 24

220 MHz

DateAuction 24 began on
 and closed on
Round 71; (See PN DA 99-1287)
225 licenses (9 EAG licenses and 216 EA licenses)
See maps of licenses offered:
Economic Area ("EA") map (pdf) and the
Economic Area Grouping ("EAG") map (pdf)
220-222 MHz Band
Refer to the 220 MHz Bandplan (pdf) for further details.
Bandwidth1.55 MHz of spectrum
Winning Bidders16 bidders won 222 licenses
Bidding Days17
Qualified Bidders18
Licenses Won222
Licenses Held By FCC3
Net Revenues
Net Bids$1,924,950.00
Gross Bids$2,537,100.00
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
5/10/1999; 5:30 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
5/24/1999; 6:00 pm ET
Orders for Remote Bidding Software
50/25/1999; 5:30 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Licenses Offered

This auction offered 216 licenses in 87 EAs and nine licenses in four EAGs designated for Phase II 220 MHz auction. These licenses received no bids in the original 220 MHz auction that closed on October 22, 1998, or were defaulted licenses. Therefore the number of licenses available in each EA varied from one to five, while the number of licenses available in each EAG varied from two to three. No nationwide licenses were available in this auction.

Permissible Operations

Frequencies in the 220 - 222 MHz band are available for land mobile and fixed use for both Government and non-Government operations. Permissible operations include:

License Period

Licenses are issued for a ten-year term from the initial license grant date. At the end of the 10-year period, licensees are required to submit an acceptable showing to the commission demonstrating that they are providing "substantial service" to their service area

Bidding Credits

A bidding credit acts as a discount on the winning bid amount that a bidder actually has to pay for the license. The size of the bidding credit depends on the annual gross revenues of the bidder, together with its affiliates and controlling interests, as averaged over the preceding three years as defined in 47 C.F.R. § Section 90.1021(b): These bidding credits are not cumulative.


There were a number of incumbent Phase I 220 MHz licensees already licensed and operating on frequencies that were subject to auction. Such incumbents must be protected from harmful interference by Phase II 220 MHz licensees in accordance with the Commission's Rules. These limitations may restrict the ability of such geographic area licensees to use certain portions of the electromagnetic spectrum or provide service to certain areas in their geographic license areas.

Licensing Rules

See service rules 47 C.F.R. Part 90 subpart T

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