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Auction 40


DateAuction 40 began on
 and closed on
Round 140 (See PN DA 01-2858)
14,000 lower bands paging licenses offered in 175 Economic Areas (EAs).
1,514 upper bands paging licenses offered in 51 Major Economic Areas (MEAs) that were unsold in Auction No. 26.
Refer to the Major Economic Areas (MEAs) Map (pdf) and
Economic Areas (EA) Map (pdf).
35-36 MHz Band (unpaired): 2,800 licenses
43-44 MHz Band (unpaired): 2,800 licenses
152 & 158 MHz Band (unpaired): 700 licenses
152-159 MHz Band (paired): 3,150 licenses
454-460 MHz Band (paired): 4,550 licenses
929-930 MHz Band: 323 licenses
931-932 MHz Band: 1,191 licenses
Total Bandwidth: 2.120 MHz (2,120 kHz) (929 MHz and 931 MHz not included)
See table below.
Winning Bidders182 bidders won 5323 licenses (See table below for details)
Bidding Days24
Qualified Bidders193
Licenses Won5323
Net Revenues
Net Bids$12,897,127.00
Gross Bids$12,917,029.00
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
9/17/2001; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline (Wire Transfer)
10/5/2001; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Licenses Offered

14,000 lower band licenses (35-36 MHz, 43-44 MHz, 152-159 MHz, and 454-460 MHz) were offered in each of the 175 geographic areas known as Economic Areas (EAs). In addition, 1,514 upper band licenses (929-931 MHz) were offered in 51 geographic areas known as Major Economic Areas (MEAs), that were unsold in the first paging auction (Auction #26).


35 MHzCA - CP20 kHz, 175 EAs (total 320 kHz)
43 MHzDA - DP20 kHz, 175 EAs (total 320 kHz)
152 MHz & 158 MHz unpairedEA - ED20 kHz, 175 EAs (total 80 kHz)
158 MHz pairedFA - FR40 kHz (2 x 20 kHz), 175 EAs (total 360 kHz)
454 MHzGA - GZ40 kHz (2 x 20 kHz), 175 EAs (total 1040 kHz)
931 MHzAA - BK20 kHz licence in each of 51 MEAs
929 MHz A - L20 kHz license in each of 51 MEAs

Winning Bidders

Type# of Licenses Won
152 MHz Paired 1443
152 MHz Unpaired 343
35 MHz 707
43 MHz 33
454 MHz 2611
929 MHz 40
931 MHz 146

Permissible Operations

The frequency bands are allocated for paging services. Licenses are to use the spectrum to provide: (1) one-way messaging; (2) two-way messaging; and (3) fixed wireless services. Provision of these services is subject to the technical limitations set forth for the service in Part 22 (Part 90 for 929 MHz exclusive channels).
Paging systems are traditionally one-way signaling systems. Paging services, grouped by output, include; tone, tone/voice, numeric, and alphanumeric. Present systems are of two basic types; a wide-area general-use type providing subscription service to the public, and, an in-building, private, paging system, limited to a commercial building or the general area of a manufacturing plant. Currently, neither of these paging systems can initiate an answer without calling through a landline telephone. However, in 1996, the Commission adopted the First Report and Order in the flexible spectrum use proceeding, in which several CMRS bands were allocated to the fixed service on a co-primary basis. The Commission concluded that the public interest would be served by giving CMRS licensees, including paging licensees, maximum flexibility to offer all types of fixed, mobile, and hybrid services.

License Period

CMRS licenses are issued for a ten-year term from the initial license grant date. A licensee of a geographic area is required to provide coverage to one-third of the population in its area within three years of the license grant, and to two-thirds of the population within its area within five years of the license grant. In the alternative, the licensee may provide substantial service to the geographic license area within five years of license grant. See CMRS Third Report and Order (zip).

Bidding Credits

Bidding credits are available to small businesses or consortia thereof, (as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 1.2110(c) and 22.217(a)). 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 annual gross revenues for the preceding three years of the bidder, its affiliates, its controlling interests, and the affiliates of its controlling interests: Bidding credits are not cumulative. A qualifying applicant receives either the 25 percent or the 35 percent bidding credit, but not both.

Tribal Land Bidding Credit

A winning bidder that intends to use its license(s) to deploy facilities and provide services to federally-recognized tribal lands that are unserved by any telecommunications carrier or that have a telephone service penetration rate equal to or below 70 percent is eligible to receive a tribal land bidding credit as set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 1.2107 and 1.2110(e). A tribal land bidding credit is in addition to, and separate from, any other bidding credit for which a winning bidder may qualify.
Unlike other bidding credits that are requested prior to the auction, a winning bidder applies for the tribal land bidding credit after winning the auction when it files its long-form application (FCC Form 601). In order for a winning bidder to be awarded a tribal land bidding credit, it must provide specific certifications regarding the servicing of tribal lands and is subject to specific performance criteria as set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 1.2110(e).
Additional information on the tribal land bidding credit, including how the amount of the credit is calculated, can be found on the Tribal Land Bidding Credits page.


Incumbent (non-geographic) paging licensees operating under their existing authorizations are entitled to full protection from co-channel interference. Geographic area licensees are likewise afforded co-channel interference protection from incumbent licensees. Adjacent geographic area licensees are obligated to resolve possible interference concerns of adjacent geographic area licensees by negotiating a mutually acceptable agreement with the neighboring geographic licensee.

Licensing Rules

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