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Auction 62

FM Broadcast

DateAuction 62 began on
 and closed on
Construction Permits171 construction permits for FM broadcast stations
SpectrumVarious vacant allotments (88 MHz to 108 MHz)
See Public Notice DA 05-1598 and 47 CFR 73.202
Bandwidth200 kHz per construction permit
Winning Bidders96
Qualified Bidders214
Licenses Won163
Licenses Held By FCC8
Net Bids$54,259,600
Gross Bids$70,122,000

Key Dates

Pre-Auction Seminar
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Window Opens
7/27/2005; 12:00 noon ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
8/12/2005; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
12/2/2005; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Construction Permits Offered

Auction No. 62 will offer 171 construction permits in the FM Broadcast service for stations throughout the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The construction permits to be auctioned include 171 new FM allotments, including 30 FM construction permits that were offered, but not sold, in Auction No. 37. These construction permits are for vacant FM allotments, reflecting FM channels assigned to the FM Table of Allotments, 47 C.F.R. § 73.202(b), pursuant to the Commission’s established rulemaking procedures, designated for use in the indicated communities.
Pursuant to the policies established in the Broadcast First Report and Order, applicants may apply for any vacant FM allotment as specified in Public Notice DA 05-1598, Attachment A; applicants specifying the same FM allotment will be considered mutually exclusive and, thus, the construction permit for the FM allotment will be awarded by competitive bidding procedures. For all mutually exclusive construction permits, the Commission proposes an electronic simultaneous multiple round auction.

Permissible Operations

FM Broadcast—A station employing frequency modulation in the FM broadcast band and licensed primarily for the transmission of radio telephone emissions intended to be received by the general public.

License Period

A winning bidder will be awarded a construction permit, rather than a “license.” Winning bidders will then be required, within a specified time period, to construct their facilities and file an application for a “license to cover construction permit” to obtain a license for the constructed facilities (see 47 C.F.R. § 73.3598). Licenses will be issued for an eight-year term.

New Entrant Bidding Credit

A New Entrant Bidding Credit will be available for this auction. Eligibility and application requirements for New Entrant Bidding Credit are specified in Public Notice DA 05-1598. Applicants that qualify for the New Entrant Bidding Credit are eligible for a bidding credit that represents the amount by which a bidder’s winning bid is discounted. The size of a New Entrant Bidding Credit depends on the number of ownership interests in other media of mass communications that are attributable to the bidder-entity and its attributable interest-holders:
Bidders intending to divest a media interest or make any other ownership changes, such as resignation of positional interests, in order to avoid attribution for purposes of qualifying for the New Entrant Bidding Credit must have consummated such divestment transactions or have completed such ownership changes by no later than the short-form filing deadline (see “Key Dates”).

Licensing Rules

47 C.F.R. Parts 73.

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