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Auction of Additional Licenses for 800 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) Service To Be Included in Auction No. 34 Scheduled for August 23, 2000; Comment Sought on Reserve Prices or Minimum Opening Bids and Other Auction Procedural Issues

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This document provides additional information concerning the 800 MHz licenses being offered in Auction No. 34 scheduled to commence August 23, 2000. This document also seeks comment on procedural issues Start Printed Page 24485related to the auctioning of these licenses in Auction No. 34.

DATES:

Comments are due on or before April 28, 2000, and reply comments are due on or before May 5, 2000.

ADDRESSES:

To file formally, parties must submit an original and four paper copies to the Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, TW—A325, Washington, D.C. 20554. In addition, parties must submit one copy to M. Nicole Oden, Attorney, Auctions and Industry Analysis Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Room 4-A337, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20554. One copy to Rana Shuler, Auctions and Industry Analysis Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Room 4-A628, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20554. Comments and reply comments will be available for public inspection during regular business hours in the FCC Public Reference Room, Room CY-A257, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20554.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nicole Oden, Auctions and Industry Analysis Division, (Legal Branch) at (202) 418-0660; Kathy Garland or Bob Reagle, Auctions and Industry Analysis Division, (Auction Operations) at (717) 338-2888.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This is a summary of a Public Notice released April 18, 2000. The complete text of the public notice, including Attachment A is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Center (Room CY-A257), 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC. It may also be purchased from the Commission's copy contractor, International Transcription Services, Inc. (ITS, Inc.) 1231 20th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 857-3800. It is also available on the Commission's web site at http://www.fcc.gov.

1. This Public Notice provides additional information about the 800 MHz licenses being offered in Auction No. 34. See DA 00-667, Auction of Licenses for 800 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) Service General Category Frequencies in the 851-854 MHz Band Scheduled for August 23, 2000 (Auction No. 34 Comment Public Notice) 65 FR 17268 (March 31, 2000). Specifically, Auction No. 34 will include three 800 MHz Upper Band licenses (861-865 MHz). Attachment A contains a listing of the three additional licenses that will be offered in Auction No. 34. This Public Notice also seeks comment on procedural issues related to the auctioning of these licenses in Auction No. 34.

2. The frequencies and channels numbers associated with each spectrum block are listed below. Spectrum block A is allocated 20 channels, spectrum block B is allocated 60 channels, and spectrum block C is allocated 120 channels.

Spectrum blockChannel Nos.Frequencies (Base & Mobile)
A401-420861.0-861.5 MHz 816.0-816.5 MHz
B421-480861.5-863.0 MHz 816.5-818.0 MHz
C481-600863.0-866.0 MHz 818.0-821.0 MHz

I. Reserve Price or Minimum Opening Bid

3. The Bureau proposes to utilize the same minimum opening bids previously established for the 800 MHz Upper Band licenses in Auction No. 16, rounded to the nearest hundred dollars. See DA 97-2147, Auction of 800 MHz SMR Upper 10 MHz Band, Minimum Opening Bids or Reserve Prices (SMR Order) 62 FR 55251 (October 23, 1997). A list of the three additional licenses, including the related geographic service area population and minimum opening bid, is attached hereto as Attachment A. The Bureau believes minimum opening bids, rather than reserve prices, will help to regulate the pace of the auction and provide greater flexibility. Comment is sought on this proposal. Alternatively, comment is sought on whether, consistent with the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the public interest would be served by having no minimum opening bid or reserve price.

II. Upfront Payments and Initial Maximum Eligibility for Each Bidder

4. The Bureau proposes to use the same upfront payments as previously established for the 800 MHz Upper Band licenses in Auction No. 16. See DA 97-1672, Auction of 800 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio Service Licenses (Auction No. 16 Public Notice) 62 FR 49228 (September 19, 1997). A list of these licenses, including the related geographic service area population and upfront payment, is attached hereto as Attachment A. We seek comment on this proposal.

5. We further propose that the amount of the upfront payment submitted by a bidder will determine the initial maximum eligibility (as measured in bidding units) for each bidder. Upfront payments will not be attributed to specific licenses, but instead will be translated into bidding units to define a bidder's initial maximum eligibility, which cannot be increased during the auction. Thus, in calculating the upfront payment amount, an applicant must determine the maximum number of bidding units it may wish to bid on (or hold high bids on) in any single round, and submit an upfront payment covering that number of bidding units. We seek comment on this proposal.

III. Other Auction Procedural Issues

6. In the Auction No. 34 Comment Public Notice, the Bureau set forth and sought comment on the following proposals relating to auction structure and bidding procedures: (1) Simultaneous multiple round auction design; (2) upfront payments and initial maximum eligibility; (3) activity rules; (4) activity rule waivers and reducing eligibility; (5) information relating to auction delay, suspension or cancellation; (6) round structure; (7) reserve or minimum opening bid; (8) minimum accepted bids and bid increments; (9) information regarding bid withdrawal and bid removal; and (10) the stopping rule. The Bureau proposes to utilize the same auction structure and procedures for the additional licenses listed in Attachment A that it utilizes for the auction of all other licenses in Auction No. 34. We seek comment on these proposals as they relate to the licenses listed in Attachment A.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Louis J. Sigalos,

Deputy Chief, Auctions and Industry Analysis Division.

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[FR Doc. 00-10357 Filed 4-25-00; 8:45 am]

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