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Auction 59

Multiple Address Systems Spectrum

DateAuction 59 began on
 and closed on
Round 126. ( See PN DA 05-1392)
4,226 MAS licenses in 176 Economic Areas (EAs), where available
Spectrum (Paired Frequencies)
Block AA: (928.85625 / 959.85625 MHz)
Block AB: (928.86875 / 959.86875 MHz)
Block AC: (928.88125 / 959. 88125 MHz)
Block AD: (928.89375 / 959. 89375 MHz)
Block AE: (928.90625 / 959. 90625 MHz)
Block AF: (928.91875 / 959. 91875 MHz)
Block AG: (928.93125 / 959. 93125 MHz)
Block AH: (928.94375 / 959. 94375 MHz)
Block AI: (928.95625 / 959. 95625 MHz)
Block AJ: (928.96875 / 959. 96875 MHz)
Block AK: (928.98125 / 959. 98125 MHz)
Block AL: (928.99375 / 959. 99375 MHz)
Block AM: (932.00625 / 941.00625 MHz)
Block AN: (932.01875 / 941. 01875 MHz)
Block AO: (932.03125 / 941.03125 MHz)
Block AP: (932.04375 / 941. 04375 MHz)
Block AQ: (932.05625 / 941. 05625 MHz)
Block AR: (932.06875 / 941. 06875 MHz)
Block AS: (932.08125 / 941. 08125 MHz)
Block AT: (932.09375 / 941. 09375 MHz)
Block AU: (932.15625 / 941.15625 MHz)
Block AV: (932.16875 / 941.16875 MHz)
Block AW: (932.18125 / 941.18125 MHz)
Block AX: (932.19375 / 941.19375 MHz)
Block AY: (932.20625 / 941.20625 MHz)
Block AZ: (932.21875 / 941.21875 MHz)
Block BA: (932.23125 / 941.23125 MHz)
Block BB: (932.24375 / 941.24375 MHz)
BandwidthBlocks AA - BB: each 25 kHz (each)
Winning Bidders26 bidders won 2,223 licenses
Bidding Days17
Qualified Bidders31
Licenses Won2223
Net Revenues
Net Bids$3,865,515.00
Total Revenues$5,275,000.00
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
2/23/2005; 12:00 pm ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
3/04/2005; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
4/01/2005; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Licenses Offered

Auction No. 59 will offer 4,226 Multiple Address Systems (MAS) licenses in the Fixed Microwave Services from the 928/959 and 932/941 MHz bands. A complete list of licenses for Auction No. 59 and their descriptions is provided in electronic format only, available as "Attachment A" of Public Notice DA 04-3985 (pdf). Licenses will be offered in each of the 176 Economic Areas (EAs), where available. These geographic areas encompass the United States, Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Gulf of Mexico.
The following table describes the licenses that will be auctioned in each of the EAs, where available:
Block Frequency Bands *
Total **
Pairing Geographic
Area Type
AA 928.85625 / 959.8562525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AB 928.86875 / 959.8687525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AC 928.88125 / 959.8812525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AD 928.89375 / 959.8937525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AE 928.90625 / 959.9062525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AF 928.91875 / 959.9187525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AG 928.93125 / 959.9312525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AH 928.94375 / 959.9437525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AI 928.95625 / 959.9562525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AJ 928.96875 / 959.9687525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AK 928.98125 / 959.9812525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AL 928.99375 / 959.9937525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AM 932.00625 / 941.0062525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AN 932.01875 / 941.0187525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AO 932.03125 / 941.0312525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AP 932.04375 / 941.0437525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AQ 932.05625 / 941.0562525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AR 932.06875 / 941.0687525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AS 932.08125 / 941.0812525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AT 932.09375 / 941.0937525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AU 932.15625 / 941.1562525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AV 932.16875 / 941.1687525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AW 932.18125 / 941.1812525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AX 932.19375 / 941.1937525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AY 932.20625 / 941.2062525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
AZ 932.21875 / 941.2187525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
BA 932.23125 / 941.2312525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
BB 932.24375 / 941.2437525 kHz2 x 12.5 kHzEA
* The individual frequencies listed in this chart are the center frequencies of each frequency pair in the block to be auctioned. See 47 C.F.R. §§ 101.147(b)(3), (4). Each block consists of two channels of equal bandwidth. For example, in Block AA, 928.85625 and 959.85625 are the center frequencies and each frequency pair is comprised of two 12.5 kHz wide channels. Therefore, the two channels in Block AA are 928.85000 – 928.86250 MHz and 959.85000 – 959.86250 MHz.
** This represents the total bandwidth for each block, which is the combination of the two channels in each pair.
Note: For Auction No. 59, licenses are not available in every block listed in the above table in every market.

Permissible Operations

MAS licenses are available for the terrestrial point-to-multipoint and point-to-point fixed and mobile transmissions of a licensee’s products or services, excluding video entertainment material, to a licensee’s customer or for its own internal communications.

Traditional use of MAS is for paging control base stations. Another use for MAS includes but is not limited to system control and data acquisition (SCADA), which includes functions like monitoring utility and petroleum lines; remote meter reading; lottery terminal networks; credit card verification; and control of water supplies, waste water operations, and airport runway lights.

License Period and Construction Requirements

MAS EA 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. § 101.1327).
Each MAS EA licensee must provide service to at least one-fifth of the population in its service area or "substantial service" within five years of the license grant. In addition, MAS EA licensees must make a showing of continued "substantial service" within ten years of the license grant. Licensees must file maps and other supporting documents showing compliance with the respective construction requirements within the appropriate five- and ten-year benchmarks of the date of their initial licenses as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 101.1325(b).

Bidding Credits

Bidding credits are available to small and very small businesses or consortia thereof, (as defined in 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.2110(c), 101.1319). 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: Small business bidding credits are not cumulative. A qualifying applicant receives either the 25 percent or the 35 percent bidding credit on its winning bid, but only one credit per license.

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 wireline penetration rate equal to or below 85 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 first 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.


There are incumbent licensees already licensed and operating on frequencies that are subject to the upcoming auction. Potential bidders may research the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Universal Licensing System, (ULS), in order to determine which frequencies are already licensed to incumbent licensees. Individuals winning licenses must protect the incumbents from harmful interference as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 101.1333.

Licensing Rules

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