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Auction 82

New Analog Television Stations

DateAuction 82 began on
 and closed on
Round 13 (See PN DA 02-355)
LicensesChannel 47: Columbia, SC
Channel 51: Pittsfield, MA
Channel 34: Magee, MS
Channel 16: Scottsbluff, NE
Spectrum72 MHz to 697 MHz
Bandwidth6 MHz per license
Winning Bidders3 bidders won 4 construction permits
Bidding Days5
Qualified Bidders11
Licenses Won4
Net Revenues
Net Bids$5,025,250.00
Gross Bids$6,134,000.00
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 Deadline
6/29/2001; 5:30 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
1/14/2002; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Construction Permits Offered

Auction No. 82 offered four construction permits for new analog television stations. These construction permits were the subject of pending, mutually exclusive short-form applications (FCC Form 175) and participation in this auction was limited to those applicants.
A complete listing of the construction permits for Auction No. 82 was provided in Attachment A of the Procedures Public Notice, (DA 01-2882), released December 13, 2001.

Permissible Operations

TV Broadcast (PST)- A station in the television broadcast band transmitting simultaneous visual and aural signals intended to be received by the general public.

License Period

The winning bidders are awarded construction permits, rather than a "license." The winning bidders are required, within a specified time period, to construct their 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) The license is issued for an eight-year term.


Winning bidders are required to provide interference protection to qualified Class A television stations.
Full service television stations are in the process of converting from analog to digital operation and 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.
Bidders for the Columbia, South Carolina, station on Channel 47 should note that there is pending a petition for rulemaking to change the DTV channel for WCSC-TV, Charleston, South Carolina, from Channel 52 to Channel 47. Pending the outcome of the Channel 47 Charleston DTV rulemaking proceeding, bidders for Channel 47 at Columbia are advised that the construction permit for their facility will be conditioned on acceptance of interference from WCSC-DT, Channel 47, Charleston, South Carolina.
For more information, refer to Due Diligence in the Auction No. 82 Procedures Public Notice, (DA 01-2882), released December 13, 2001.

New Entrant Bidding Credits

An applicant claiming that it qualifies for a 35 percent new entrant credit must certify under penalty of perjury that neither it nor any of its attributable interest holders have any attributable interests in any other media of mass communications, as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 73.5008. With respect to those qualifying for a 25 percent credit, the applicant must provide a certification under penalty of perjury that neither it nor any of its attributable interest holders have attributable interests in more than three media of mass communications, as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 73.5008. In addition, applicants claiming a 25 percent credit shall identify and describe such media of mass communications. See 47 C.F.R. § 73.5007 and 73.5008.

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