On November 12, 2020, the Office of Economics and Analytics and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (“OEA/Bureau”) released a Public Notice announcing the 57 applicants that are qualified to bid in Auction 107. Auction 107 will offer flexible use overlay licenses for spectrum in the 3.7-3.98 GHz band. Bidding in Auction 107 is scheduled to begin on December 8, 2020.
Attachment A to the Public Notice lists the names of the qualified bidders; Attachment B lists the names of applicants not qualified to bid. All applicants, including those that have been deemed not qualified to bid, remain subject to the Commission’s rules prohibiting certain communications related to bids and bidding strategies. Attachment A also indicates whether the applicant has claimed eligibility for a small business or rural service provider bidding credit. Designation of an applicant as qualified to bid indicates that the applicant has provided the necessary certifications and information about its qualifications for the auction, and submitted sufficient upfront payment.
The Public Notice, attachments, and other documents related to Auction 107 can be found at: https://www.fcc.gov/auction/107. This link also provides information on the minimum opening bid amounts for licenses at the “Adopted (8/7/2020)” link. Clock prices for subsequent bidding rounds will be set by adding a fixed percentage to the previous round’s price at an increment of between 5% and 20%, with the initial increment set at 10%. The increment percentage may be adjusted as rounds continue, and the change would be announced in advance in the bidding system.
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