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MVDDS License Auction Scheduled

The FCC has set the date for Auction 63, Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service (MVDDS) licenses for Dec. 7, 2005. The 22 licenses for the 12.2-12.7 GHz spectrum offered in Auction 63 are licenses that remained unsold in Auction 53, which closed Jan. 27, 2004.

The licenses cover Designated Market Areas (DMAs) defined by Nielsen Media Research. MVDDS licensees can use the 12.2-12.7 GHz spectrum for any digital, fixed, one-way non-broadcast service, including direct-to-home wireless services. The spectrum may not be used for return channels in a two-way service, although it can be combined with return channels using other spectrum or media to support two-way services. The band is shared on a non-harmful interference basis with incumbent DBS providers and on a co-primary basis with non-geostationary fixed satellite services (NGSO FSS). Mobile and aeronautical services are not authorized for MVDDS.

The licenses being auctioned are in smaller markets, the largest being Grand Rapids, Mich. the smallest being Glendive, Mont., with minimum opening bids ranging from $47,000 to $1,000.

For a listing of the 22 markets and information about how to participate in the auction, see Public Notice (DA 05-2188) and the FCC Auction 63 Web site.