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Auction 34

800 MHz SMR General Category Service

 
DateAuction 34 began on
8/16/2000
 and closed on
9/1/2000
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Round 76. (See PN DA 00-2037)
Licenses
1,050 licenses for the 800 MHz General Category: six contiguous 25 channel blocks in 175 Economic Areas (EAs).
3 licenses for selected EAs the 800 MHz Upper Band: one 20 channel block (Block A); one 60 channel block (Block B), and one 120 channel block (Block C).
Spectrum
General Category: 851.0125-854.7375 MHz / 806.0125-809.7375 MHz
Upper Band: 861.0000-866.0000 MHz / 816.0000-821.0000 MHz
Bandwidth
General Category: 1.25 MHz per license
Upper Band: 1 MHz (Block A); 3 MHz (Block B); 6 MHz (Block C)
See SMR 800 MHz Band Plan
Winning Bidders14 bidders won 1030 licenses
Rounds76
Bidding Days13
Qualified Bidders26
Licenses Won1030
Licenses Held By FCC23
Net Revenues
Net Bids$319,451,810.00
Gross Bids$337,494,900.00
 
General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below. Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:

Key Dates

EventDate
smrs
Pre-Auction Seminar
7/7/2000
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
7/17/2000
Upfront Payments Deadline
7/31/2000
Mock Auction
8/14/2000
Auction Start
8/16/2000
Auction Closed
9/1/2000

Licenses Offered

A total of 1,053 licenses were offered in this auction.
In the General Category, six (6) contiguous 25-channel blocks (1.25 MHz bandwidth) were included with each channel encompassing a base frequency and a mobile frequency that are 45 MHz separated. (See 47 C.F.R. 90.613) Economic Areas (EAs) were the geographic method used to assign these licenses. Licenses were offered in 172 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.
Additionally, the Commission offered three (3) EA licenses in the 800 MHz Upper Band (861-865 MHz) as follows:

Channeling Plan

Channel Band Plan: 851-854 MHz (General Category)
License Suffix Channel No. Frequency
(Base) (Mobile)
D 1 - 25 851.0125 - 851.6125 806.0125 - 806.6125
DD 26 - 50 851.6375 - 852.2375 806.6375 - 807.2375
E 51 - 75 852.2625 - 852.8625 807.2625 - 807.8625
EE 76 - 100 852.8875 - 853.4875 807.8875 - 808.4875
F 101 - 125 853.5125 - 854.1125 808.5125 - 809.1125
FF 126 - 150 854.1375 - 854.7375 809.1375 - 809.7375
861–866 MHz (Upper Bands)
Spectrum Block Channel Numbers Frequency
(Base) (Mobile)
A 401 – 420 861.0 – 861.5 MHz 816.0 – 816.5 MHz
B 421 – 480 861.5 – 863.0 MHz 816.5 – 818.0 MHz
C 481 - 600 863.0 – 866.0 MHz 818.0 – 821.0 MHz

Permissible Operations

800 MHz licensees may provide analog or digital services used for voice communications, paging, data and facsimile services. The SMR marketplace is allowing new acknowledgement paging and inventory tracking, credit card authorization, automatic vehicle location, fleet management, remote database access and voicemail.

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. section 90.685).

Bidding Credits

Bidding credits are available to small and very small businesses (or consortia of small or very small businesses) as set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 90.912. 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: Bidding credits are not cumulative. A qualifying applicant receives either the 25 percent or 35 percent bidding credit, but not both.

Incumbents

Incumbent licensees are present in the 800 MHz SMR bands. Incumbent 800 SMR systems are entitled to co-channel protection by EA licensees, as well as adjacent channel interference protection. Incumbent systems, however, are not allowed to expand beyond existing service areas unless they obtain the EA license for the relevant channels. (See 47 C.F.R. section 90.693).

Licensing Rules

  1. No eligibility restrictions
  2. Applicants may aggregate across spectrum blocks within the limitations specified in C.F.R. 47 § 20.6
  3. Incumbent licensees present in the band
  4. Licensed by Economic Areas (EAs) plus three other EA-like areas covering U.S. territories
  5. Partitioning and/or disaggregation permitted

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Last reviewed/updated on
10/29/2007