Fact Sheet

Date:

Auction 66 began on 8/9/2006 and closed on 9/18/2006.

 
Licenses:

Block A: 734 Cellular Market Area (CMA) licenses
Block B: 176 Economic Area (EA) licenses
Block C: 176 Economic Area (EA) licenses
Block D: 12 Regional Economic Area Grouping (REAG) licenses
Block E: 12 Regional Economic Area Grouping (REAG) licenses
Block F: 12 Regional Economic Area Grouping (REAG) licenses

Spectrum

1710-1755 and 2110-2155 MHz bands

Bandwidth:

Block A: 1710-1720 / 2110-2120 (20 MHz)
Block B: 1720-1730 / 2120-2130 (20 MHz)
Block C: 1730-1735 / 2130-2135 (10 MHz)
Block D: 1735-1740 / 2135-2140 (10 MHz)
Block E: 1740-1745 / 2140-2145 (10 MHz)
Block F: 1745-1755 / 2145-2155 (20 MHz)

Winning Bidders:
104 Bidders won 1087 Licenses
Rounds:
161
Qualified Bidders
168
Licenses Won:
1087
Licenses Held by FCC:
35
Total Licenses:
1122
Net Bids
$13,700,267,150
Gross Bids:
$13,879,110,200

Event Date
Pre-Auction Seminar
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Window Opens
6/5/2006; 12:00 noon ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
6/19/2006; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
7/17/2006; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
8/7/2006
Auction Start
8/9/2006
Auction Closed
9/18/2006
   
AWS licensees must make a showing of “substantial service” in their license area within the prescribed license term. See 47 C.F.R. § 27.14(a). “Substantial” service is defined as service which is sound, favorable, and substantially above a level of mediocre service which just might minimally warrant renewal. Any licensee that fails to meet this requirement will forfeit its license and the licensee will be ineligible to regain it.
 
Bidding credits are available to small businesses and very small businesses and consortia thereof (as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 1.2110). A bidding credit represents the amount by which a bidder’s winning bid is discounted. The size of the bidding credit depends on the average annual gross revenues for the preceding three years of the bidder, its affiliates, its controlling interests, and the affiliates of its controlling interests:
  • A bidder with attributed average annual gross revenues that exceed $15 million and do not exceed $40 million for the preceding three years (“small business”) will receive a 15 percent discount on its winning bid.
  • A bidder with attributed average annual gross revenues that do not exceed $15 million for the preceding three years (“very small business”) will receive a 25 percent discount on its winning bid.
Bidding credits are not cumulative; a qualifying applicant receives the 15 percent or 25 percent bidding credit on its winning bid, but not both.
 
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.
Unlike other bidding credits that are requested prior to the auction, a winning bidder applies for the tribal lands bidding credit after winning the auction when it first files its long-form application (FCC Form 601). In order for a winning bidder to be awarded a tribal lands bidding credit, it must provide specific certifications regarding the servicing of tribal lands and is subject to specific performance criteria as set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 1.2110(f). For Auction No. 66 the Commission will award pro rata tribal lands bidding credits in the event that the sum of all net winning bids at the close of bidding, exclusive of tribal lands bidding credits, is not sufficient funds both to meet the reserve price and to award all eligible applicants full tribal lands bidding credits.
Additional information on the tribal lands bidding credit, including how the amount of the credit is calculated, can be found on the Commission’s auction web site at Tribal Land Credits.
 
In addition, AWS-1 licensees must comply with the technical and operational rules set forth in 47 C.F.R. §§ 27.50-27.66 and 27.1131-27.1135 to protect co-channel and adjacent channel incumbent Government and non-Government operations from interference.
 
See 47 C.F.R. Parts 27 and 101