Fact Sheet

Date:

Auction 93 began on 3/27/2012 and closed on 4/5/2012.

Licenses:

119 construction permits for FM broadcast stations

Spectrum
Various vacant allotments (88 MHz to 108 MHz)
See Public Notice DA 11-1845 (pdf) and 47 CFR 73.202
Bandwidth:

200 kHz per construction permit

Winning Bidders:
56 Bidders won 93 Permits
Rounds:
37
Qualified Bidders
109
Licenses Won:
93
Licenses Held by FCC:
26
Total Licenses:
119
Net Bids
$3,826,338
Gross Bids:
$4,467,550

Event Date
Comments Due
Reply Comments Due
Auction Tutorial Available (via Internet)
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Window Opens
1/3/2012; 12:00 noon ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
1/12/2012; prior to 6:00 p.m. ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
2/22/2012; 6:00 p.m. ET
Mock Auction
3/23/2012
Auction Start
3/27/2012
Auction Closed
4/5/2012
 
Pursuant to the policies established in the Broadcast Competitive Bidding First Report and Order, in this auction applicants may apply for any vacant FM allotment as specified in Public Notice DA 11-1845 (pdf), Attachment A (pdf); applications specifying the same FM allotment will be considered mutually exclusive, and, the construction permit for that FM allotment must be awarded by competitive bidding procedures. The Commission will use a simultaneous multiple round format for this auction. Qualified bidders are permitted to bid electronically using the Internet or by telephone.
   
A New Entrant Bidding Credit will be available for this auction. Eligibility and application requirements for the New Entrant Bidding Credit are specified in Public Notice DA 11-1845 (pdf). Applicants that qualify for the New Entrant Bidding Credit are eligible for a bidding credit that represents the amount by which a bidder’s winning bid is discounted. The size of a New Entrant Bidding Credit depends on the number of ownership interests in other media of mass communications that are attributable to the applicant and its attributable interest holders:
  • A 35 percent bidding credit will be given to a winning bidder if it, and/or any individual or entity with an attributable interest in the winning bidder, has no attributable interest in any other media of mass communications, as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 73.5008;
  • A 25 percent bidding credit will be given to a winning bidder if it, and/or any individual or entity with an attributable interest in the winning bidder, has an attributable interest in no more than three mass media facilities, as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 73.5008;
  • No bidding credit will be given if any of the commonly owned mass media facilities serve the same area as the broadcast station proposed in the auction, as defined in 47 C.F.R. § 73.5007(b), or if the winning bidder, and/or any individual or entity with an attributable interest in the winning bidder, has attributable interests in more than three mass media facilities.
Bidders intending to divest a media interest or make any other ownership changes, such as resignation of positional interests, in order to avoid attribution for purposes of qualifying for the New Entrant Bidding Credit must have consummated such divestment transactions or have completed such ownership changes by no later than the short-form application filing deadline (see “Key Dates”). Events occurring after the short-form application filing deadline, such as the acquisition of attributable interests in media of mass communications, may cause diminishment or loss of the bidding credit