Fact Sheet


Auction 73 began on 1/24/2008 and closed on 3/18/2008.

(See Public Notice DA 07-4171)

Block A: 176 Economic Area (EA) licenses
Block B: 734 Cellular Market Area (CMA) licenses
Block E: 176 Economic Area (EA) licenses
Block C: 12 Regional Economic Area Grouping (REAG) licenses
Block D: 1 nationwide license (subject to conditions respecting a public/private partnership)
1,099 licenses total


698-806 MHz band (“700 MHz Band”)


62 MHz total: 6-22 MHz per license
Block A: 12 MHz (698-704 / 728-734 MHz)
Block B: 12 MHz (704-710 / 734-740 MHz)
Block E: 6 MHz (722-728 MHz)
Block C: 22 MHz (746-757 / 776-787 MHz)
Block D: 10 MHz (758-763 / 788-793 MHz)

Winning Bidders:
101 Bidders won 1090 Licenses*
Qualified Bidders
Licenses Won:
Licenses Held by FCC:
Total Licenses:
Net Bids
Gross Bids:

*Auction 73 concluded with 1090 provisionally winning bids covering 1091 licenses and totaling $19,592,420,000, as shown in the Integrated Spectrum Auction System. The provisionally winning bids for the A, B, C, and E Block licenses exceeded the aggregate reserve prices for those blocks. The provisionally winning bid for the D Block license, however, did not meet the applicable reserve price and thus did not become a winning bid. Accordingly, Auction 73 raised a total of $19,120,378,000 in winning bids and $18,957,582,150 in net winning bids (reflecting bidders' claimed bidding credit eligibility), as shown above.
General information and associated licensing parameters are provided below. Public notices provide specific information regarding this auction. This fact sheet includes:
Event Date
Pre-Auction Seminar
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Window Opens
11/19/2007; 12:00 noon ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
12/3/2007; prior to 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
1/4/2008; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
Auction Start
Auction Closed
Block Frequencies (MHz) Bandwidth Pairing Geographic Area Type No. of Licenses
A 698-704, 728-734 12 MHz 2 x 6 MHz EA 176
B 704-710, 734-740 12 MHz 2 x 6 MHz CMA 734
E 722-728 6 MHz unpaired EA 176
C 746-757, 776-787 22 MHz 2 x 11 MHz REAG 12
D 758-763, 788-793 10 MHz 2 x 5 MHz Nationwide 1*
*Subject to conditions respecting a public/private partnership.
The Commission has directed the Bureau to adopt a separate aggregate reserve price for each block of 700 MHz Band licenses in Auction 73. If licenses initially offered are not assigned because the auction results do not satisfy the applicable block-specific aggregate reserve price(s), the Commission will promptly offer alternative licenses for the relevant blocks in a subsequent auction, subject to the same reserve prices. In the event that any licenses are offered in contingent subsequent bidding, that event will be designated as Auction 76. In Auction 76, the Commission will offer licenses for the A, B, and E Blocks subject to alternative performance requirements. If contingent subsequent bidding is necessary for licenses for the C Block, the Commission will offer C Block licenses without open platform conditions and based on different geographic areas and spectrum bandwidth (see Attachment B of Public Notice DA 07-4171). If the license for the D Block is not sold in Auction 73, the Commission may re-offer the D Block license subject to the same rules or reconsider the applicable rules. Only qualified bidders from Auction 73 will be permitted to participate in Auction 76, if it is necessary to conduct Auction 76.
47 C.F.R. Parts 1 and 27