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Auction 4

Broadband PCS A and B Block

DateAuction 4 began on
 and closed on
99 licenses. Two in each of 51 Major Trading Areas (MTAs), less 3 licenses awarded by pioneer's preference in New York, Washington/Baltimore and Los Angeles/San Diego. See Major Trading Area (MTA) map, (pdf)
2 GHz band
A block: 1850-1865 and 1930-1945 MHz
B block: 1870-1885 and 1950-1965 MHz
Block A & B - 30.0 MHz ea. (2 x 15 MHz paired) in 51 MTAs (Note: 2 licenses were awarded via pioneer preference)

Total bandwidth: 60.0 MHz (60,000 KHz)
See PCS Bandplan, (pdf)
Winning Bidders18 bidders won 99 licenses
Bidding Days60
Qualified Bidders30
Licenses Won99
Net Revenues
Net Bids$7,019,403,797.00
Gross Bids$7,019,403,797.00
Pioneers Preference ($701,780,374.00)
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
08/22/1994, 08/24/1994, 08/26/1994, 08/29/1994
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
10/28/1994; 6:30 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline (Wire Transfer)
11/18/1994; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline (Cashiers Check)
11/18/1994; 6:00 pm ET
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Licenses Offered

In this auction, the FCC offered for bid Broadband PCS licenses that authorize service in each of 51 Major Trading Areas (MTAs) covering the entire United States and its territories. Licenses in both frequency blocks A and B were auctioned in 48 MTAs, and in the other three MTAs, only the block B license was auctioned. In those three MTAs (New York, Los Angeles/San Diego, and Washington/Baltimore), the block A license was previously awarded to companies under the Commission's pioneer's preference program. Therefore, a total of 99 licenses were auctioned.

Permissible Operations

Licensees use broadband Personal Communications Service (PCS) spectrum for a variety of mobile and fixed radio services, also called wireless services. Mobile broadband PCS services include both voice and advanced two-way data capabilities that are generally available on small, mobile multifunction devices. The Commission and other wireless industry representatives often refer to these services as "Mobile Telephone Services" and "Mobile Data Services." Many broadband PCS licensees offer these services in competition with existing cellular and SMR licensees.

License Period

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

Installment Payments

Installment payments were not offered in this auction.

Bidding Credits

Bidding credits were not offered in this auction.

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