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Auction 58

Broadband PCS

DateAuction 58 began on
 and closed on
2 A block licenses
188 C block licenses (includes partial licenses)
11 D block licenses (includes partial licenses)
20 E block licenses (includes partial licenses)
21 F block licenses (includes partial licenses)
242 total licenses
Spectrum30 MHz A block license: 1850-1865, 1930-1945
15 MHz C block license suffix C1: 1902.5-1910, 1982.5-1990
15 MHz C block license suffix C2: 1895-1902.5, 1975-1982.5
10 MHz C block license suffix C3: 1895-1900, 1975-1980
10 MHz C block license suffix C4: 1900-1905, 1980-1985
10 MHz C block license suffix C5: 1905-1910, 1985-1990
10 MHz D block license: 1865-1870, 1945-1950
10 MHz E block license: 1885-1890, 1965-1970
10 MHz F block license suffix F: 1890-1895, 1970-1975
BandwidthSee Table Below
Winning Bidders24 bidders won 217 licenses
Bidding Days15
Qualified Bidders35
Licenses Won217
Net Revenues
Net Bids$2,043,230,450.00
Total Revenues$2,253,802,000.00
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 Window Opens
11/16/2004; 9:00 am ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
11/30/2004; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
12/29/2004; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Licenses Offered and Bidding Eligibility

Auction No. 58 will include a total of 242 licenses in the A, C, D, E, and F blocks of the broadband PCS spectrum. Basic Trading Areas (BTAs) and Major Trading Areas (MTAs) are the geographic method used to assign broadband PCS licenses. The BTAs are divided into two categories: "Tier 1" (comprised of BTAs with populations equal to or greater than 2.5 million) and "Tier 2" (the remaining BTAs). A, D, E, F and certain C block licenses are available to all bidders in "open" bidding, while some C block licenses are available only to entrepreneurs in "closed" bidding (see below for definition of "entrepreneur"). The following table provides a cross-reference for the license block, frequency, bandwidth and general eligibility status. For a complete list of the licenses available in Auction No. 58 and the eligibility status of each license, see Attachment A of Public Notice DA 04-3005, released September 16, 2004.
Frequency Block
Tier 1
Eligibility Status
Tier 2
Eligibility Status
Bandwidth (MHz)
(Unless otherwise noted in Attachment A)
Frequency (MHz)
(Unless otherwise noted in Attachment A)
A n/an/a301850-1865, 1930-1945
C1 Open*Closed151902.5-1910, 1982.5-1990
C2 Open* Closed*151895-1902.5, 1975-1982.5
C3 ClosedClosed101895-1900, 1975-1980
C4 OpenClosed101900-1905, 1980-1985
C5 OpenOpen101905-1910, 1985-1990
D n/an/a101865-1870, 1945-1950
E n/an/a101885-1890, 1965-1970
F OpenOpen101890-1895, 1970-1975
Note: In some cases, licenses are available for only part of a market or may not include all of the spectrum associated with a particular frequency block in Auction No. 58. Asterisks (*) indicate that no license of the particular tier/frequency block combination will be available in Auction No. 58. See Attachment A of Public Notice DA 04-3005 to determine which licenses will be offered.

Permissible Operations

Broadband PCS encompasses a variety of mobile and/or portable radio services, using such devices as small, lightweight, multifunction portable phones, portable fax machines, and advanced devices with two-way data capabilities that are competing with existing cellular, paging, and other land mobile services.

License Period

Licenses will be 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. § 24.16).

Eligibility for Closed Bidding

Certain C block licenses will only be available to entrepreneurs in "closed" bidding. In order to qualify as an "entrepreneur," an applicant, together with its affiliates and persons or entities that hold interests in the applicant and their affiliates, must have had gross revenues of less than $125 million in each of the last two years and must have less than $500 million in total assets.

Small Business Bidding Credit Eligibility for Open Bidding

Qualifying applicants in Auction No. 58 are eligible for a small or very small business bidding credit on C and F block licenses won in "open" bidding. 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 applicant, its affiliates, its controlling interests, and the affiliates of its controlling interest:

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(e) and 1.2110(f). A tribal land bidding credit is in addition to, and separate from, any other bidding credit for which a winning bidder may qualify. A winning bidder need not qualify for a small business bidding credit to be eligible for a tribal lands bidding credit.
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(f).
Additional information on the tribal land bidding credit, including how the amount of the credit is calculated, can be found on the Commission's web site by going to Tribal Land Credits.


All licensees are required to coordinate their frequency usage with the co-channel or adjacent channel incumbent fixed microwave licensees in the 1850-1990 MHz band.

Licensing Rules

47 C.F.R. Part 24

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