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Auction 79

FM Broadcast

DateAuction 79 began on
 and closed on
Construction Permits
122 construction permits for FM broadcast stations
Various vacant allotments (88 MHz to 108 MHz)
See Public Notices DA 09-810 (pdf) and 47 CFR 73.202
200 kHz per construction permit
Winning Bidders53
Qualified Bidders77
Licenses Won85
Licenses Held By FCC37
Net Bids$5,253,025
Gross Bids$6,238,100
General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below. Public Notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:

Key Dates

Pre-Auction Seminar
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Window Opens
6/16/2009; 12:00 noon ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
6/25/2009; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
7/31/2009; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Construction Permits Offered

Auction 79 will offer 122 construction permits in the FM Broadcast service for stations in various locations throughout the United States. 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, and are designated for use in the indicated communities.
Pursuant to the policies established in the Broadcast Competitive Bidding First Report and Order, in this auction applicants may apply for any vacant FM allotment as specified in Public Notice DA 09-810, Attachment A (pdf); applications specifying the same FM allotment will be considered mutually exclusive, and the construction permit for that FM allotment will be awarded by competitive bidding procedures. The Commission will use a simultaneous multiple round format for this auction. Qualified bidders are permitted to bid electronically using the Internet or by telephone.

Permissible Operations

FM Broadcast - A station employing frequency modulation in the FM broadcast band and licensed primarily for the transmission of radiotelephone 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 Credits

A New Entrant Bidding Credit will be available for this auction. Eligibility and application requirements for the New Entrant Bidding Credit are specified in Public Notice DA 09-810 (pdf). 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 applicant 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 application filing deadline (see “Key Dates”). Prospective bidders are reminded, however, that events occurring after the short-form application filing deadline, such as the acquisition of attributable interests in media of mass communications, may cause diminishment or loss of the bidding credit.

Licensing Rules

47 C.F.R. Part 73.

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