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FCC Auction 96 is underway.  Round 1 was just completed this morning.  Round 2 will begin in an hour.  The 67 provisionally winning bids from Round 1 are listed below.  Most of those are top 100 markets.  That leaves 109 licenses still FCC held at this stage.

 

Provisionally Winning Bids

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AH-BEA003-H 
Boston-Worcester MA-NH-RI-VT   1   $9,027,000 AH-BEA004-H 
Burlington VT-NY   1   $133,000 AH-BEA005-H 
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY   1   $272,000 AH-BEA008-H 
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY-PA   1   $114,000 AH-BEA010-H 
NYC-Long Is. NY-NJ-CT-PA-MA-VT   1   $37,580,000 AH-BEA012-H 
Phil.-Atl. City PA-NJ-DE-MD   1   $9,306,000 AH-BEA013-H 
Wash.-Balt. DC-MD-VA-WV-PA   1   $10,774,000 AH-BEA015-H 
Richmond-Petersburg VA   1   $623,000 AH-BEA016-H 
Staunton VA-WV   1   $21,000 AH-BEA020-H 
Norfolk-Virginia Beach VA-NC   1   $1,504,000 AH-BEA022-H 
Fayetteville NC   1   $43,000 AH-BEA024-H 
Columbia SC   1   $331,000 AH-BEA025-H 
Wilmington NC-SC   1   $495,000 AH-BEA026-H 
Charleston-North Charleston SC   1   $276,000 AH-BEA028-H 
Savannah GA-SC   1   $207,000 AH-BEA030-H 
Orlando FL   1   $3,230,000 AH-BEA031-H 
Miami-Fort Lauderdale FL   1   $4,161,000 AH-BEA032-H 
Fort Myers-Cape Coral FL   1   $263,000 AH-BEA033-H 
Sarasota-Bradenton FL   1   $286,000 AH-BEA034-H 
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL   1   $4,243,000 AH-BEA040-H 
Atlanta GA-AL-NC   1   $4,541,000 AH-BEA041-H 
Greenville-Spartanburg SC-NC   1   $333,000 AH-BEA049-H 
Cincinnati-Hamilton OH-KY-IN   1   $1,376,000 AH-BEA054-H 
Erie PA   1   $30,000 AH-BEA057-H 
Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint MI   1   $5,625,000 AH-BEA058-H 
Northern Michigan MI   1   $15,000 AH-BEA061-H 
Traverse City MI   1   $22,000 AH-BEA063-H 
Milwaukee-Racine WI   1   $1,679,000 AH-BEA064-H 
Chicago-Gary-Kenosha IL-IN-WI   1   $16,686,000 AH-BEA067-H 
Indianapolis IN-IL   1   $1,462,000 AH-BEA071-H 
Nashville TN-KY   1   $1,813,000 AH-BEA072-H 
Paducah KY-IL   1   $20,000 AH-BEA073-H 
Memphis TN-AR-MS-KY   1   $1,784,000 AH-BEA095-H 
Jonesboro AR-MO   1   $23,000 AH-BEA096-H 
St. Louis MO-IL   1   $2,468,000 AH-BEA099-H 
Kansas City MO-KS   1   $1,626,000 AH-BEA107-H 
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI-IA   1   $3,634,000 AH-BEA110-H 
Grand Forks ND-MN   1   $21,000 AH-BEA111-H 
Minot ND   1   $12,000 AH-BEA114-H 
Aberdeen SD   1   $22,000 AH-BEA119-H 
Lincoln NE   1   $50,000 AH-BEA120-H 
Grand Island NE   1   $62,000 AH-BEA121-H 
North Platte NE-CO   1   $4,400 AH-BEA127-H 
Dallas-Fort Worth TX-AR-OK   1   $8,574,000 AH-BEA131-H 
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria TX   1   $3,513,000 AH-BEA132-H 
Corpus Christi TX   1   $73,000 AH-BEA133-H 
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX   1   $147,000 AH-BEA136-H 
Hobbs NM-TX   1   $25,000 AH-BEA140-H 
Pueblo CO-NM   1   $40,000 AH-BEA141-H 
Denver-Boulder CO-KS-NE   1   $2,046,000 AH-BEA142-H 
Scottsbluff NE-WY   1   $9,300 AH-BEA148-H 
Idaho Falls ID-WY   1   $89,000 AH-BEA149-H 
Twin Falls ID   1   $18,000 AH-BEA150-H 
Boise City ID-OR   1   $184,000 AH-BEA152-H 
Salt Lake City-Ogden UT-ID   1   $1,265,000 AH-BEA153-H 
Las Vegas NV-AZ-UT   1   $2,045,000 AH-BEA156-H 
Albuquerque NM-AZ   1   $267,000 AH-BEA157-H 
El Paso TX-NM   1   $250,000 AH-BEA158-H 
Phoenix-Mesa AZ-NM   1   $2,882,000 AH-BEA159-H 
Tucson AZ   1   $365,000 AH-BEA160-H 
LA-Riverside-Orange Cnty CA-AZ   1   $22,841,000 AH-BEA161-H 
San Diego CA   1   $2,980,000 AH-BEA163-H 
San Fran.-Oakland-San Jose CA   1   $5,696,000 AH-BEA167-H 
Portland-Salem OR-WA   1   $1,909,000 AH-BEA170-H 
Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton WA   1   $3,147,000 AH-BEA174-H 
Puerto Rico-US Virgin Islands   1   $657,000 AH-BEA176-H 
Gulf of Mexico   1   $20,000

 

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When will the public find out who is buying these licenses?

 

I also found it odd, that in the 2nd round, a license that was bid/won in the first round can be overbid.

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Who are the bidders for H Block? Dish and spectrum hoarders?

 

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http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=13446

 

 

FCC Qualifies 23 Bidders in Upcoming Auction 96

 

 

The Federal Communications Commission today announced the list of companies that have been qualified to participate in Auction 96, which kicks off later this month. The auction will sell 176 licenses for the H Block spectrum, which falls in the 1915-1920MHz and 1995-2000MHz bands. Some of the qualified entities include American H Block Wireless, Michigan Wireless, NE Colorado Cellular, Spotlight Media Corp., and others. The FCC also disqualified a handful of potential bidders, including Cellular South, McBride Spectrum Partners, and Union Telephone Company. All the qualified bidders have been given instructions on how to bid and what their obligations are to participate. The FCC will hold a mock auction, to test the bidding process, on Friday, January 17. Official bidding for the auction begins January 22.

 

 

I would have linked the FCC docs but they are just a bunch of txt files

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How difficult will it be to get phones with this band enabled?  Especially when none of the big 4 are bidding?

 

The owner(s) of the spectrum will need to petition to 3GPP to have a new band created that incorporates this spectrum, then chipsets would have to be made. 

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I'm wondering who the Michigan Wireless is, did they go after the Detroit license or the Traverse City and Northern Michigan licenses.  No first round bids for Grand Rapids.

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I'm wondering who the Michigan Wireless is, did they go after the Detroit license or the Traverse City and Northern Michigan licenses.  No first round bids for Grand Rapids.

 

The FRN for Michigan Wireless leads to PCS and AWS licenses that are linked to Bugtussel Wireless.

 

http://www.bugtusselwireless.com

 

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The FRN for Michigan Wireless leads to PCS and AWS licenses that are linked to Bugtussel Wireless.

 

http://www.bugtusselwireless.com

 

AJ

Looks like a Wisconsin based company going after BEA059 license, maybe 058 too.  I love their coverage map, looks like it was made with the tools that made the first NV/LTE coverage maps here.  Wish all wireless providers had maps like that

 

Edit in: no bids on 059, maybe 58 & 61

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Round 2 results are in...

 

Provisionally Winning Bids

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Total Items: 78 Items 1-78 of 78  spacer.gif License arrow-select.gif   Bid Round   Bid Amount

 

AH-BEA003-H 
Boston-Worcester MA-NH-RI-VT   1   $9,027,000 AH-BEA004-H 
Burlington VT-NY   2   $160,000 AH-BEA005-H 
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY   2   $313,000 AH-BEA008-H 
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY-PA   2   $131,000 AH-BEA010-H 
NYC-Long Is. NY-NJ-CT-PA-MA-VT   2   $45,096,000 AH-BEA012-H 
Phil.-Atl. City PA-NJ-DE-MD   1   $9,306,000 AH-BEA013-H 
Wash.-Balt. DC-MD-VA-WV-PA   1   $10,774,000 AH-BEA015-H 
Richmond-Petersburg VA   2   $716,000 AH-BEA016-H 
Staunton VA-WV   2   $24,000 AH-BEA020-H 
Norfolk-Virginia Beach VA-NC   2   $1,805,000 AH-BEA021-H 
Greenville NC   2   $74,000 AH-BEA022-H 
Fayetteville NC   2   $49,000 AH-BEA024-H 
Columbia SC   2   $381,000 AH-BEA025-H 
Wilmington NC-SC   2   $569,000 AH-BEA026-H 
Charleston-North Charleston SC   2   $317,000 AH-BEA028-H 
Savannah GA-SC   2   $238,000 AH-BEA030-H 
Orlando FL   2   $3,876,000 AH-BEA031-H 
Miami-Fort Lauderdale FL   2   $4,993,000 AH-BEA032-H 
Fort Myers-Cape Coral FL   2   $302,000 AH-BEA033-H 
Sarasota-Bradenton FL   2   $329,000 AH-BEA034-H 
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL   1   $4,243,000 AH-BEA040-H 
Atlanta GA-AL-NC   1   $4,541,000 AH-BEA041-H 
Greenville-Spartanburg SC-NC   2   $383,000 AH-BEA049-H 
Cincinnati-Hamilton OH-KY-IN   1   $1,376,000 AH-BEA054-H 
Erie PA   2   $35,000 AH-BEA056-H 
Toledo OH   2   $190,000 AH-BEA057-H 
Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint MI   1   $5,625,000 AH-BEA058-H 
Northern Michigan MI   2   $17,000 AH-BEA060-H 
Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah WI   2   $185,000 AH-BEA061-H 
Traverse City MI   2   $25,000 AH-BEA063-H 
Milwaukee-Racine WI   1   $1,679,000 AH-BEA064-H 
Chicago-Gary-Kenosha IL-IN-WI   1   $16,686,000 AH-BEA067-H 
Indianapolis IN-IL   1   $1,462,000 AH-BEA071-H 
Nashville TN-KY   1   $1,813,000 AH-BEA072-H 
Paducah KY-IL   2   $24,000 AH-BEA073-H 
Memphis TN-AR-MS-KY   1   $1,784,000 AH-BEA095-H 
Jonesboro AR-MO   2   $26,000 AH-BEA096-H 
St. Louis MO-IL   1   $2,468,000 AH-BEA099-H 
Kansas City MO-KS   1   $1,626,000 AH-BEA104-H 
Madison WI-IL-IA   2   $488,000 AH-BEA105-H 
La Crosse WI-MN   2   $170,000 AH-BEA106-H 
Rochester MN-IA-WI   2   $57,000 AH-BEA107-H 
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI-IA   1   $3,634,000 AH-BEA110-H 
Grand Forks ND-MN   2   $24,000 AH-BEA111-H 
Minot ND   2   $14,000 AH-BEA114-H 
Aberdeen SD   2   $26,000 AH-BEA115-H 
Rapid City SD-MT-NE-ND   2   $34,000 AH-BEA116-H 
Sioux Falls SD-IA-MN-NE   2   $65,000 AH-BEA117-H 
Sioux City IA-NE-SD   2   $64,000 AH-BEA119-H 
Lincoln NE   2   $58,000 AH-BEA120-H 
Grand Island NE   2   $71,000 AH-BEA121-H 
North Platte NE-CO   2   $5,300 AH-BEA127-H 
Dallas-Fort Worth TX-AR-OK   1   $8,574,000 AH-BEA131-H 
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria TX   2   $4,646,000 AH-BEA132-H 
Corpus Christi TX   2   $84,000 AH-BEA133-H 
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX   2   $169,000 AH-BEA136-H 
Hobbs NM-TX   2   $29,000 AH-BEA140-H 
Pueblo CO-NM   2   $46,000 AH-BEA141-H 
Denver-Boulder CO-KS-NE   1   $2,046,000 AH-BEA142-H 
Scottsbluff NE-WY   2   $11,000 AH-BEA148-H 
Idaho Falls ID-WY   2   $102,000 AH-BEA149-H 
Twin Falls ID   2   $22,000 AH-BEA150-H 
Boise City ID-OR   2   $212,000 AH-BEA152-H 
Salt Lake City-Ogden UT-ID   2   $1,518,000 AH-BEA153-H 
Las Vegas NV-AZ-UT   1   $2,045,000 AH-BEA155-H 
Farmington NM-CO   2   $40,000 AH-BEA156-H 
Albuquerque NM-AZ   2   $320,000 AH-BEA157-H 
El Paso TX-NM   2   $288,000 AH-BEA158-H 
Phoenix-Mesa AZ-NM   1   $2,882,000 AH-BEA159-H 
Tucson AZ   2   $420,000 AH-BEA160-H 
LA-Riverside-Orange Cnty CA-AZ   2   $27,409,000 AH-BEA161-H 
San Diego CA   1   $2,980,000 AH-BEA163-H 
San Fran.-Oakland-San Jose CA   1   $5,696,000 AH-BEA165-H 
Redding CA-OR   2   $43,000 AH-BEA167-H 
Portland-Salem OR-WA   1   $1,909,000 AH-BEA170-H 
Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton WA   1   $3,147,000 AH-BEA174-H 
Puerto Rico-US Virgin Islands   2   $756,000 AH-BEA176-H 
Gulf of Mexico   2   $23,000

 

In Round 2, bidding started on 11 additional licenses, but still over half of the 176 BEAs have no bids.

 

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I wonder if the FCC met their 1.56 billion reserve price in this auction.

Not chance, they were just over 200 million at the beginning of round 3 and the new bids were bringing in an extra 20-30 million.

 

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Not chance, they were just over 200 million at the beginning of round 3 and the new bids were bringing in an extra 20-30 million.

 

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So what does this mean?  Didn't Dish plead to the FCC to set the reserve price of 1.56 billion and promised to pay that if the FCC approved the 2000-2020 MHz spectrum to be supplemental downlink?  Obviously they are well short so I assume Dish will need to pay the remaining balance to hit the 1.56 billion reserve price?

 

http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-abandons-pursuit-h-block-spectrum-clearing-way-dish-bid/2013-11-13

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The first day concluded with Round 3.  No additional BEAs received a first bid this round, so more than 100 licenses are still FCC held.

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Provisionally Winning Bids

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Total Items: 78 Items 1-78 of 78  spacer.gifLicense arrow-select.gif   Bid Round   Bid Amount

 

AH-BEA003-H 
Boston-Worcester MA-NH-RI-VT   1   $9,027,000 AH-BEA004-H 
Burlington VT-NY   3   $200,000 AH-BEA005-H 
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY   3   $368,000 AH-BEA008-H 
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY-PA   3   $154,000 AH-BEA010-H 
NYC-Long Is. NY-NJ-CT-PA-MA-VT   3   $54,115,000 AH-BEA012-H 
Phil.-Atl. City PA-NJ-DE-MD   1   $9,306,000 AH-BEA013-H 
Wash.-Balt. DC-MD-VA-WV-PA   1   $10,774,000 AH-BEA015-H 
Richmond-Petersburg VA   3   $841,000 AH-BEA016-H 
Staunton VA-WV   3   $28,000 AH-BEA020-H 
Norfolk-Virginia Beach VA-NC   3   $2,166,000 AH-BEA021-H 
Greenville NC   3   $85,000 AH-BEA022-H 
Fayetteville NC   2   $49,000 AH-BEA024-H 
Columbia SC   3   $448,000 AH-BEA025-H 
Wilmington NC-SC   3   $669,000 AH-BEA026-H 
Charleston-North Charleston SC   2   $317,000 AH-BEA028-H 
Savannah GA-SC   2   $238,000 AH-BEA030-H 
Orlando FL   3   $4,651,000 AH-BEA031-H 
Miami-Fort Lauderdale FL   2   $4,993,000 AH-BEA032-H 
Fort Myers-Cape Coral FL   2   $302,000 AH-BEA033-H 
Sarasota-Bradenton FL   2   $329,000 AH-BEA034-H 
Tampa-St. Petersburg FL   1   $4,243,000 AH-BEA040-H 
Atlanta GA-AL-NC   3   $5,109,000 AH-BEA041-H 
Greenville-Spartanburg SC-NC   3   $450,000 AH-BEA049-H 
Cincinnati-Hamilton OH-KY-IN   1   $1,376,000 AH-BEA054-H 
Erie PA   3   $41,000 AH-BEA056-H 
Toledo OH   3   $219,000 AH-BEA057-H 
Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint MI   1   $5,625,000 AH-BEA058-H 
Northern Michigan MI   3   $20,000 AH-BEA060-H 
Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah WI   3   $213,000 AH-BEA061-H 
Traverse City MI   3   $29,000 AH-BEA063-H 
Milwaukee-Racine WI   1   $1,679,000 AH-BEA064-H 
Chicago-Gary-Kenosha IL-IN-WI   1   $16,686,000 AH-BEA067-H 
Indianapolis IN-IL   1   $1,462,000 AH-BEA071-H 
Nashville TN-KY   1   $1,813,000 AH-BEA072-H 
Paducah KY-IL   3   $30,000 AH-BEA073-H 
Memphis TN-AR-MS-KY   1   $1,784,000 AH-BEA095-H 
Jonesboro AR-MO   3   $31,000 AH-BEA096-H 
St. Louis MO-IL   1   $2,468,000 AH-BEA099-H 
Kansas City MO-KS   1   $1,626,000 AH-BEA104-H 
Madison WI-IL-IA   3   $561,000 AH-BEA105-H 
La Crosse WI-MN   3   $196,000 AH-BEA106-H 
Rochester MN-IA-WI   3   $66,000 AH-BEA107-H 
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI-IA   1   $3,634,000 AH-BEA110-H 
Grand Forks ND-MN   3   $28,000 AH-BEA111-H 
Minot ND   3   $16,000 AH-BEA114-H 
Aberdeen SD   3   $33,000 AH-BEA115-H 
Rapid City SD-MT-NE-ND   3   $39,000 AH-BEA116-H 
Sioux Falls SD-IA-MN-NE   3   $75,000 AH-BEA117-H 
Sioux City IA-NE-SD   3   $74,000 AH-BEA119-H 
Lincoln NE   3   $71,000 AH-BEA120-H 
Grand Island NE   3   $87,000 AH-BEA121-H 
North Platte NE-CO   3   $6,600 AH-BEA127-H 
Dallas-Fort Worth TX-AR-OK   1   $8,574,000 AH-BEA131-H 
Houston-Galveston-Brazoria TX   3   $5,459,000 AH-BEA132-H 
Corpus Christi TX   3   $99,000 AH-BEA133-H 
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX   3   $199,000 AH-BEA136-H 
Hobbs NM-TX   2   $29,000 AH-BEA140-H 
Pueblo CO-NM   3   $56,000 AH-BEA141-H 
Denver-Boulder CO-KS-NE   1   $2,046,000 AH-BEA142-H 
Scottsbluff NE-WY   3   $14,000 AH-BEA148-H 
Idaho Falls ID-WY   3   $120,000 AH-BEA149-H 
Twin Falls ID   3   $28,000 AH-BEA150-H 
Boise City ID-OR   3   $249,000 AH-BEA152-H 
Salt Lake City-Ogden UT-ID   3   $1,898,000 AH-BEA153-H 
Las Vegas NV-AZ-UT   1   $2,045,000 AH-BEA155-H 
Farmington NM-CO   3   $46,000 AH-BEA156-H 
Albuquerque NM-AZ   3   $384,000 AH-BEA157-H 
El Paso TX-NM   3   $338,000 AH-BEA158-H 
Phoenix-Mesa AZ-NM   1   $2,882,000 AH-BEA159-H 
Tucson AZ   3   $494,000 AH-BEA160-H 
LA-Riverside-Orange Cnty CA-AZ   3   $32,891,000 AH-BEA161-H 
San Diego CA   1   $2,980,000 AH-BEA163-H 
San Fran.-Oakland-San Jose CA   1   $5,696,000 AH-BEA165-H 
Redding CA-OR   3   $49,000 AH-BEA167-H 
Portland-Salem OR-WA   1   $1,909,000 AH-BEA170-H 
Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton WA   1   $3,147,000 AH-BEA174-H 
Puerto Rico-US Virgin Islands   2   $756,000 AH-BEA176-H 
Gulf of Mexico   3   $27,000

 

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No first round bids for Grand Rapids.

 

As usual, all cell providers hate Grand Rapids ;)

 

Actually, to be fair, Grand Rapids's reserve price feels like it's been set really high for the area, particularly when compared to other markets, even after accounting for the urban / rural difference.

 

Traverse City, MI at roughly $30k / 144k people = approx $0.2 dollars per person covered

Grand Rapids + Muskegon, at roughly $879k / 950k metro people = approx $0.93 dollars per person covered. (no bids)

Seattle / Tacoma, at $3,147k / 3,500k metro people = approx $0.89 dollars per person covered (bids)

 

Our spectrum is apparently worth a 4c premium over Seattle, despite us having only 30% of their population, spread out over a much larger area (requiring significantly more buildout / capex to cover those people)

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