The FCC reclaimed the spectrum between 698 MHz and 746 MHz for new services and, in 2002,
completed an initial auction (Auction No. 44
) of 740 licenses in the Lower 700 MHz C and D blocks (the
710-716/740-746 MHz and 716-722 MHz bands). The C block licenses consist of one 12-megahertz block
combining a pair of 6 megahertz segments in each of 734 700 MHz MSA/RSAs. The D block licenses
consist of one 6-megahertz block of contiguous, unpaired spectrum in each of six regions known as the
700 MHz band economic area groupings (700 MHz EAGs).
There are two ways to obtain spectrum in the Lower 700 MHz Service. You must go through
the Auction Process, or Obtain Spectrum from a Current Licensee.
An additional auction for the C and D blocks (Auction No. 49
was completed on June 13, 2003. Auctions for the A, B, and E Blocks have not been scheduled.
There are several ways you may be able to obtain a lower 700 MHz license(s) from a current licensee. First, licensees may sell all or part of the license, subject to FCC approval, to other entities. Second, you may acquire a company, including its licenses. These transactions require Online Filing of Form 603 via the Universal Licensing System. Third, you may lease all or part of a licensee’s spectrum usage rights. Most leasing transactions require Online Filing of Form 608 via the Universal Licensing System