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Auction 7

900 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio Service

DateAuction 7 began on
 and closed on
(See PN 96-586)
Licenses1020 licenses. 20 (blocks A-T) in each of 51 Major Trading Areas (MTAs)
SpectrumHalf in the 935-940 MHz; half in the 896-901 MHz
BandwidthBlocks A thru T - 0.25 MHz ea. in 51 MTAs
Winning Bidders80 bidders won 1020 licenses
Bidding Days79
Qualified Bidders128
Licenses Won1020
Net Revenues
Net Bids$204,267,144.00
Gross Bids$212,215,788.00
General information and associated licensing parameters are listed below. Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction.

Key Dates

Pre-Auction Seminar
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
10/26/1995; 5:30 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline (Cashiers Check)
11/13/1995; 11:59 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline (Wire Transfer)
11/13/1995; 3:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Licenses Offered

A total of 1020 licenses, 20 licenses (blocks A-T) in each of 51 Major Trading Areas (MTAs). The 900 MHz systems operate on two 12.5 kHz channels paired.

Permissible Operations

Specialized Mobile Radio Services (SMR) are used primarily for voice communications. Systems are also being developed for data and facsimile services. Additionally, the development of digital SMR technology is allowing new features and services such as two-way acknowledgement paging and inventory tracking, credit and authorization, automatic vehicle location, fleet management, remote database access, and voice mail.

License Period

Licenses are issued for a term not to exceed ten years.
Build Out Requirements: 1/3 of service area population in 3 years; 2/3 of service area population in 5 years. Alternatively, at the five year mark, submit a showing of "substantial service." See 47 C.F.R. § 90.665(c).

Installment Payments

Installment payments were offered. See the Bidders Information Package for more information on this subject.


Incumbent SMR systems in the 900 MHz MTA blocks are entitled to co-channel protection by MTA licensees, as well as adjacent channel interference protection. Incumbent systems, however, are not allowed to expand beyond existing service areas unless they obtain the MTA license for the relevant channels. Incumbents: MTA licensees must provide protection to incumbents by locating stations at least 70 miles (113 km) from incumbent's facilities or by complying with the short-spacing rule. See 47 C.F.R. § 90.621. Secondary sites for which applications were filed on or before August 9, 1994, will be afforded complete co-channel protection. No secondary sites will be granted after the selection of MTA licensees. See 47 C.F.R. § 90.667(b). Incumbents may modify or add sites so long as they do not exceed existing 40 dBu signal strength contour. See 47 C.F.R. § 90.667(a). .

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