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Auction 25

Closed Broadcast

DateAuction 25 began on
 and closed on
Round 35. (See PN DA 99-2153)
118 Total Construction Permits
94 FMT MX groups
1 PST MX groups 12
SST MX groups 11
118 total permits
AM - 535 kHz to 1705 kHz
FM - 88 MHz to 108 MHz
FMT - 88 MHz to 108 MHz
PST - 72 MHz to 806 MHz
SST - 72 MHz to 806 MHz
See Broadcast Bandplan (pdf) for further details
BandwidthFM - 200 kHz per license
FMT - 200 kHz per license
PST - 6 MHz per license
SST - 6 MHz per license
Winning Bidders91 Bidders won 115 Construction Permits
Bidding Days9
Qualified Bidders242
Licenses Won115
Net Revenues
Net Bids$57,820,350.00
Total Revenues$68,781,900.00
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
8/20/1999; 5:30 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
9/13/1999; 6:00 pm ET
Orders for Remote Bidding Software
8/20/1999; 5:30 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Construction Permits Offered

Auction No. 25 included 118 construction permits. All spectrum was the subject of pending, mutually exclusive applications for construction permits for the AM, FM, TV, LPTV, and FM and television translator services, for which the Commission had not approved a settlement agreement and participation in this auction was limited to those applicants.
Initially the inventory for this auction was 237 construction permits. Due to the filing of settlement proposals which resolved the mutual exclusivity issue, several MX groups (4 AM, 43 FM, 4 FMT, 15 PST, and 52 SST) were removed from the auction. (See Public Notices DA99-1346 (pdf) and DA99-1949 (pdf)) One other FM construction permit for Pahrump, Nevada was removed and auctioned separately under Auction No. 27. (See Public Notice DA99-2062 (pdf))

Permissible Operations

AM Broadcast (AM): A broadcast station licensed for the dissemination of radio communications intended to be received by the public and operated on a channel in the AM broadcast band.
FM Broadcast (FM): A station employing frequency modulation in the FM broadcast band and licensed primarily for the transmission of radio telephone emissions intended to be received by the general public.
FM Translator (FMT): A station in the broadcast service operated for the purpose of retransmitting the signals of an FM radio broadcast station or another FM broadcast translator station without significantly altering any characteristics of the incoming signal other than its frequency and amplitude, in order to provide FM broadcast service to the general public.
TV Broadcast (PST): A station in the television broadcast band transmitting simultaneous visual and aural signals intended to be received by the general public.
LPTV (SST): A station that may retransmit the programs and signals of a TV broadcast station and that may originate programming in any amount greater than 30 seconds per hour and/or operates a subscription service.
TV Translator (SST): A station in the broadcast service operated for the purpose of retransmitting the programs and signals of a television broadcast station, without significantly altering any characteristic of the original signal other than its frequency and amplitude, for the purpose of providing television reception to the general public.

New Entrant Bidding Credit

In the "Closed" Broadcast Auction, the bidding credit depends upon the number of ownership interests in other media of mass communications that are attributable to the bidder-entity and its attributable interest-holders. (See PN DA99-1346 (pdf) for more information) However, attributable interests held by a winning bidder in existing low power television, television translator or FM translator facilities will not be counted among the bidders' other mass media facilities.

License Period

Licenses are issued for an eight year term.

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