Fact Sheet


Auction 72 began on 6/20/2007 and closed on 6/26/2007.

(See Public Notice DA 07-514)

93 Economic Area (EA) licenses (including partial markets)
1 Economic Area Grouping (EAG) license
94 licenses total


220 - 222 MHz Band


EA licenses: 100 kHz
EAG licenses: 150 kHz

Winning Bidders:
5 Bidders won 76 Licenses
Qualified Bidders
Licenses Won:
Licenses Held by FCC:
Total Licenses:
Net Bids
Gross Bids:

Event Date
Pre-Auction Seminar
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Window Opens
4/11/2007; 12:00 noon ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
4/20/2007; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
5/21/2007; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed
Block Bandwidth* Pairing* Geographic Area Type No. of Licenses
A 100 kHz 2x50 kHz EA 13
B 100 kHz 2x50 kHz EA 18
C 100 kHz 2x50 kHz EA 23
D 100 kHz 2x50 kHz EA 17
E 100 kHz 2x50 kHz EA 22
I 150 kHz 2x75 kHz EAG 1
*For the specific frequencies of licenses in each block refer to Public Notice DA 07-514, Attachment A – Part 2. Licenses in blocks A-E have 10 paired 5 kHz channels, and the I block license has 15 paired 5 kHz channels. None of the licenses offered in Auction No. 72 have contiguous channels except for the E block licenses.
Because of the history of licenses for Phase II 220 MHz Service, certain licenses available in Auction No. 72 are available for only part of a market. In addition, one license available for only part of a market also covers less bandwidth than noted in the table above. For a complete list of the licenses available in Auction No. 72, see Attachment A of Public Notice DA 07-0514, released February 26, 2007.
Subject to the requirements of 47 C.F.R. § 90.733, licensees authorized in the Phase II 220 MHz Service will be able to use this spectrum to provide:
  • Land mobile operations including voice and data services, such as telemetry, and,
  • For the following operations, instead of or in addition to land mobile operations: one-way or two-way paging operations on a primary basis and fixed operations on a primary basis.
Licenses will be issued for a ten-year term from the initial license grant date. Subject to 47 C.F.R. § 90.763 and other rules, a licensee may construct and operate any number of fixed stations, land mobile base stations, or paging base stations anywhere within its authorized EA or EAG and transmit on any of its authorized channels.
A licensee is required to construct a sufficient number of base stations to provide coverage to at least one-third of the population of its EA or EAG within five years of initial license grant and to at least two-thirds of the population of its EA or EAG within ten years of initial license grant. Alternatively, licensees may provide substantial service to their licensed areas at the appropriate 5 and 10 year benchmarks. In either case, notification of compliance with these construction requirements is mandatory under 47 C.F.R. § 1.946.
Licensees may obtain a renewal expectancy based on meeting applicable construction requirements and substantial compliance with other applicable Commission rules, policies, and the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. At the end of the 10-year term, licensees are required to submit an acceptable showing to the Commission demonstrating either that they have provided coverage to at least two-thirds of the population of their service areas or that they are otherwise providing “substantial service” to their service areas.
Failure by a licensee to meet the applicable construction requirement will result in automatic cancellation of its entire license.
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 provider 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 files its long-form application (FCC Form 601). In order for a winning bidder to be awarded a tribal lands bidding credit, it must, within 180 days from the close of the long-form filing window, amend its long form application to 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).
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 and clicking on the Tribal Land Credits link.