Full Power Television Station Construction Permits
|Date||Auction 64 began on
3/15/2006 and closed on
11 Full Power Television Station Construction Permits
Various vacant allotments (54 – 806 MHz)
See Public Notice DA 05-2987 and 47 CFR 73.606 and 73.622
6 MHz per construction permit
|Licenses Held By FCC||1
General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below. Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:
|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
Construction Permits Offered
- Auction No. 64 will offer 11 construction permits for full power television broadcast service stations. Ten of these permits are designated as “open” and are available to any interested party. One permit, TV-NTS011-51, is designated as “closed” and is available only to those individuals or entities with a pending, mutually exclusive application filed for that station prior to July 1, 1997 and if designated for that particular construction permit in Attachment A of the Procedures Public Notice (DA 05-2987). The permits being offered are for vacant television allotments, reflecting television channels assigned to the television Table of Allotments, pursuant to the Commission’s established rulemaking procedures, designated for use in the indicated communities. Some of the permits are for stations that are single channel, digital only television stations and others are for single-channel stations that must be operated as either NTSC analog stations or, if they meet the Commission’s interference requirements, may be operated as digital only television stations.
- A complete list of construction permits for Auction No. 64 and their descriptions is provided in Attachment A of Public Notice DA 05-2987.
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:
- A 35 percent bidding credit will be given to a winning bidder if it, and/or any individual or entity with an attributable interest in the winning bidder, has no attributable interest in any other media of mass communications;
- A 25 percent bidding credit will be given to a winning bidder if it, and/or any individual or entity with an attributable interest in the winning bidder, has an attributable interest in no more than three mass media facilities;
- No bidding credit will be given if any of the commonly owned mass media facilities serve the same area as the proposed broadcast station, or if the winning bidder, and/or any individual or entity with an attributable interest in the winning bidder, has attributable interests in more than three mass media facilities.
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”).
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.
47 C.F.R. Part 73.