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Auction 30


DateAuction 30 began on
 and closed on
Round 73. (See PN DA 00-1035)
2,450 Economic Area (EA) licenses
See Economic Area Map (pdf)
Spectrum38.6 - 40.0 GHz Band
Total bandwidth: 1,400.0 MHz (1,400,000 kHz)
See Channeling Plan below and 39 GHz Band Plan (pdf).
Winning Bidders29 bidders won 2,173 licenses
Bidding Days19
Qualified Bidders35
Licenses Won2173
Net Revenues
Net Bids$410,649,085.00
Gross Bids$467,214,200.00
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
3/13/2000; 5:30 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
3/27/2000; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Licenses Offered

Auction No. 39 offered a total of 2,450 licenses. 14 licenses consisting of paired 50 MHz channel blocks were offered in each of the 172 Economic Areas (EAs) and 3 EA like areas, covering the U.S. territories in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, and American Samoa

Channeling Plan

Lic. Suffix Channel No. Frequency Band Limits (MHz) Channel No. Frequency Band Limits (MHz)
A1-A38,600-38,650 1-B 39,300-39,350
B2-A 38,650-38,700 2-B 39,350-39,400
C3-A 38,700-38,750 3-B 39,400-39,450
D4-A 38,750-38,800 4-B 39,450-39,500
E5-A 38,800-38,850 5-B 39,500-39,550
F6-A 38,850-38,900 6-B 39,550-39,600
G7-A 38,900-38,950 7-B 39,600-39,650
H8-A 38,950-39,000 8-B 39,650-39,700
I9-A 39,000-39,050 9-B 39,700-39,750
J10-A 39,050-39,100 10-B 39,750-39,800
K11-A 39,100-39,150 11-B 39,800-39,850
L12-A 39,150-39,200 12-B 39,850-39,900
M13-A 39,200-39,250 13-B 39,900-39,950
N14-A 39,250-39,300 14-B 39,950-40,000

Permissible Operations

39 GHz licensees may provide fixed communications including point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communications. Mobile communications are subject to the development of inter-licensee and inter-service interference criteria. See Report and Order and Second Notice of Proposed Rule Making at para. 25.

License Period

Licenses are issued for a ten-year term from the initial license grant date. Licensees have a renewal expectancy based on the provision of substantial service and substantial compliance with applicable Commission rules, policies, and the Communications Act. (See 47 C.F.R. § 101.13 (d)).

Performance Requirements

Demonstration of substantial service required for both incumbent and new licensees (See 101.17 of the Commission's Rules).


There are incumbent licensees present in the 39 GHz band.

Bidding Credits

Bidding credits are available to small and very small businesses (or consortia of small or very small businesses) as are set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 101.1209. A bidding credit represents the amount by which a bidder’s winning bids are discounted. The size of the bidding credit depends on the average gross revenues for the preceding three years of the bidder and its controlling interests and affiliates: A bidder with average gross revenues of not more than $15 million for the preceding three years receives a 35 percent discount on its winning bids for a 39 GHz band license ("very small business").

Bidding credits are not cumulative. A qualifying applicant receives either the 25 percent or 35 percent bidding credit, but not both.

Licensing Rules

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