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Lower 700 MHz Auction Begins Today

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Aug 27, 2002, 9:32 AM   by (staff)

The FCC today opened bidding for auction 44, in which 125 bidders are vying for 740 spectrum licenses in the lower 700 MHz band. The spectrum is currently used by television broadcasters, but is expected to be vacated in the FCC-mandated move to digital television. None of the major national wireless carriers are qualified bidders in auction 44. Two distinct types of licenses are being auctioned off. "Block C" consists of 12 MHz of paired spectrum, (currently used by TV channels 54 and 59,) and licenses are available in each of the 734 MSA/RSA geographic regions. "Block D" consists of 6 MHz of unpaired spectrum, (currently used by channel 55,) and is divided into 6 large "EAG" regions.



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