General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below.
Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:
A total of 493 licenses were offered in this auction. One license in each of 493 Basic Trading Areas (BTAs). There are 13 channels per license - 6.0 MHz per channel for a total of 78 MHz.
Multipoint and/or Multichannel Distribution Services (MDS), popularly referred to as "Wireless Cable," is a service that permits the delivery of video programming to subscribers through microwave transmitting and receiving antennas. The channels allocated to MDS are generally used to provide a multichannel video programming service that is similar to cable television, but, rather that being hard-wired, MDS uses microwave frequencies.
Licenses are issued for a term not to exceed ten years.
Installment payments were offered. See the Bidders Information Package for more information on this subject.
A bidding credit acts as a discount on the winning bid amount that a bidder actually has to pay for the license. The size of the bidding credit depends on the annual gross revenues of the bidder and its affiliates, as averaged over the preceding three years as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 21.961(b)(1):
- A bidder with average gross revenues of not more than $40 million (a "small business") receives a 15 percent discount on its winning bids.