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Auction 96

H Block

DateAuction 96 began on
 and closed on
176 licenses total: 1 in each of the 176 Economic Areas (EAs)
1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands
10 MHz (1915-1920 /1995-2000 MHz)
Winning Bidders1
Qualified Bidders23
Licenses Won176
Net Bids$1,564,000,000
Gross Bids$1,564,000,000
General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below. Public notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:

Key Dates

Comments Due
Reply Comments Due
Auction Tutorial Available (via Internet)
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Window Opens
11/4/2013; Noon ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
11/15/2013; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
12/18/2013; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed

Licenses Offered

Auction 96 will offer one license for each of the 176 Economic Areas (EAs), including the Gulf of Mexico. The H Block frequencies will be licensed as paired 5 megahertz blocks, with each license having a total bandwidth of 10 megahertz: 1915-1920 MHz for mobile and low power fixed (i.e., uplink) operations and 1995-2000 MHz for base station and fixed (i.e., downlink) operations.
H Block Band Plan (pdf)
For a complete list of the licenses available in Auction 96, see Attachment A of Public Notice DA 13-1885 (pdf), released September 13, 2013.
Cost-Sharing Obligations. The spectrum in the Lower H Block and the Upper H Block is subject to cost-sharing requirements related to the past clearing and relocation of incumbent users from these bands. See Public Notice DA 13-1885 for more detailed information.
Reserve Price. There will be an aggregate reserve price of $1.564 billion for the H Block licenses in Auction 96. See Public Notice DA 13-1885 for more detailed information.

Permissible Operations

Spectrum in the H Block can be used to provide any terrestrial fixed or mobile wireless services, including broadband services.

License Period and Construction Requirements

License Period. Initial authorizations will be granted for a ten year term.
Construction Requirements. There are certain buildout requirements for the H Block licenses offered in Auction 96. You must provide reliable signal coverage and offer service to at least 40 percent of the population in each of your license areas within 4 years after license grant, and provide reliable signal coverage and offer service to at least 75 percent of the population in each of your license areas within 10 years after license grant.
Partitioning and/or disaggregation of H Block licenses is permitted.

Small Business Bidding Credit

Eligible applicants in Auction 96 may claim a small business bidding credit. A bidding credit represents the amount by which a bidder’s winning bids are discounted. The size of the bidding credit depends on the average annual gross revenues for the preceding three years for the applicant, its affiliates, its controlling interests, and the affiliates of its controlling interest, as well as the average annual gross revenues of any entity with which the applicant has an attributable material relationship, as defined by the Commission’s rules.
The level of bidding credit for the Auction 96 is determined as follows:
Bidding credits are not cumulative. A qualifying applicant will receive either a 15 percent or a 25 percent bidding credit on its winning bids, but not both.

Tribal Land Bidding Credit

A winning bidder that intends to use its license(s) to deploy facilities and provide services to federally-recognized tribal lands that are unserved by any telecommunications carrier or that have a wireline penetration rate equal to or below 85 percent is eligible to receive a tribal lands bidding credit as set forth in 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.2107(e) and 1.2110(f). A tribal lands bidding credit is in addition to, and separate from, any other bidding credit for which a winning bidder may qualify. A winning bidder need not qualify for a small business bidding credit to be eligible for a tribal lands bidding credit.

Licensing Rules

47 C.F.R. Parts 1 and 27

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