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FCC Announces Auction of 218-219 MHz and Phase II 220 MHz in December, Seeks Comment on Auction Procedures

FCC Announces Auction of 218-219 MHz and Phase II 220 MHz in December, Seeks Comment on Auction Procedures

Posted on May 25, 2010

The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) has released a Public Notice announcing the auction of 1868 licenses in the 218-219 MHz and Phase II 220 MHz services on December 7, 2010.  The auction, deemed Auction 89, will offer over 1400 A and B Block licenses in the 218-219 MHz service covering 727 Cellular Market Areas (CMAs) and over 400 Phase II 220 MHz licenses covering a total of 154 separate Economic Areas (EAs) and Economic Area Groupings (EAGs).  The 218-219 MHz Service is a short-distance communication service for fixed or mobile communications in a specified service area,  The 220 MHz Service can be used for voice, data, paging, and fixed operations.  WTB also seeks comment on its proposed auction procedures for Auction 89, which include the FCC’s standard simultaneous multiple-round auction format, anonymous bidding, sequential bidding rounds and a simultaneous stopping rule approach.  Comments on the Public Notice are due by June 15, 2010 and reply comments are due by June 29, 2010.

For additional information, please contact Bob Silverman.