Fact Sheet

Date:

Auction 97 began on 11/13/2014 and closed on 1/29/2015.

Licenses:

1,614 licenses total
Block A1: 176 Economic Area (EA) licenses
Block B1: 176 EA licenses
Block G: 734 Cellular Market Area (CMA) licenses
Block H: 176 EA licenses
Block I: 176 EA licenses
Block J: 176 EA licenses

Spectrum

1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands ("AWS-3" bands)

Bandwidth:

65 megahertz total
Block A1: 1695-1700 MHz (5 MHz)
Block B1: 1700-1710 MHz (10 MHz)
Block G: 1755-1760/2155-2160 MHz (10 MHz)
Block H: 1760-1765/2160-2165 MHz (10 MHz)
Block I: 1765-1770/2165-2170 MHz (10 MHz)
Block J: 1770-1780/2170-2180 MHz (20MHz)

Winning Bidders:
31 Bidders won 1611 Licenses
Rounds:
341
Qualified Bidders
70
Licenses Won:
1611
Licenses Held by FCC:
3
Total Licenses:
1614
Net Bids
$41,329,673,325
Gross Bids:
$44,899,451,600

Event Date
Auction Tutorial Available (via Internet)
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Window Opens
8/28/2014; 12:00 noon ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
9/12/2014; 6:00 p.m. ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
10/15/2014; 6:00 p.m. ET
Mock Auction
11/10/2014
Auction Start
11/13/2014
Auction Closed
1/29/2015
 
Block Frequencies (MHz) Total Bandwidth Pairing Geographic Area Type Number of Licenses
A1 1695-1700 MHz 5 MHz Unpaired EA 176
B1 1700-1710 MHz 10 MHz Unpaired EA 176
G 1755-1760/2155-2160 MHz 10 MHz 2 x 5 MHz CMA 734
H 1760-1765/2160-2165 MHz 10 MHz 2 x 5 MHz EA 176
I 1765-1770/2165-2170 MHz 10 MHz 2 x 5 MHz EA 176
J 1770-1780/2170-2180 MHz 20 MHz 2 x 10 MHz EA 176
Reserve Price. There will be two aggregate reserve prices for the spectrum offered in Auction 97. The aggregate reserve price for the 1695-1710 MHz licenses is approximately $580 million, and the aggregate reserve price for the paired 1755-1780/2155-2180 MHz licenses is approximately $10 billion. See the Auction 97 Procedures Public Notice, DA 14-1018, for more detailed information.