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Auction 64

Full Power Television Station Construction Permits

 
DateAuction 64 began on
3/15/2006
 and closed on
3/20/2006
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Construction Permits
11 Full Power Television Station Construction Permits
Spectrum
Various vacant allotments (54 – 806 MHz) See Public Notice DA 05-2987 and 47 CFR 73.606 and 73.622
Bandwidth
6 MHz per construction permit
Winning Bidders8
Rounds23
Qualified Bidders25
Licenses Won10
Licenses Held By FCC1
Net Bids$23,367,850
Gross Bids$26,717,000
 
General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below. Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:

Key Dates

EventDate
Pre-Auction Seminar
1/11/2006
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Window Opens
1/11/2006; 12:00 noon ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
1/20/2006; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
2/17/2006; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
3/13/2006
Auction Start
3/15/2006
Auction Closed
3/20/2006

Construction Permits Offered


License Period and Construction Requirements

A winning bidder is awarded a construction permit, rather than a “license.” A winning bidder is required, within a specified time period, to construct its facility and file an application for a “license to cover construction permits” to obtain a license for the constructed facility. (See 47 C.F.R. § 73.3598) Licenses are issued for an eight-year term.

New Entrant Bidding Credits

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 05-2987. 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”).

Interference Protection

Upon submission of its long-form application (FCC Form 301), the winning bidders for the television construction permits will have to provide interference protection to qualified Class A television stations.
Potential bidders for the television construction permits are also reminded that full service television stations are in the process of converting from analog to digital operation and that stations may have pending applications to construct and operate digital television facilities, construction permits and/or licenses for such digital facilities. Bidders should investigate the impact such applications, permits and licenses may have on their ability to operate the facilities proposed in this auction.
For more information, refer to Due Diligence in the Auction No. 64 Procedures Public Notice DA 05-2987, released November 23, 2005.

Licensing Rules

47 C.F.R. Part 73.

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Last reviewed/updated on
3/20/2006