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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

May 8, 2000
Meribeth McCarrick at (202) 418-0654

39 GHz AUCTION RAISES $410,649,085.00

Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission's 39 GHz auction ended today raising a total net revenue of $410,649,085.00. The auctioned licenses can be used by companies to provide a variety of fixed wireless services including local, long distance, high speed data and Internet access information services.

"This auction has inserted 2,173 new fixed wireless licenses into the marketplace," said Chairman William Kennard. "Winning bidders have the potential to create robust competition to the local telephone companies and other local service providers. This should result in lower prices and more choices for consumers."

The auction, which began on April 12, ended after 73 rounds of bidding. Of the 29 winning bidders 18 claimed small business status. A total of 2,450 licenses were auctioned. Unsold licenses will be part of a future auction.

"These licenses will provide winning bidders with the opportunity to use the latest technologies to meet consumers communications needs," said Thomas Sugrue, Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. "The auction also created significant opportunities for small businesses, which acquired 849 licenses in 171 markets for various exciting new wireless services. This represents almost 40% of the total number of licenses won."

Licenses were auctioned in 172 Economic Areas (EAs) across the United States including cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Licenses were also auctioned United States territories in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. License winners must make down payments on licenses 10 business days after the release of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau's Public Notice announcing the close of the auction. Winning bidders must also file their long form applications with the FCC within the same period. Further details about this and other FCC auctions can be accessed via the FCC's homepage at: http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/auctions/.

FCC contacts (Auctions and Industry Analysis Division): Bob Reagle (717) 338-2807 or rreagle@fcc.gov; Lisa Stover at (717) 338-2804 or lstover@fcc.gov; TTY at (202) 418-7233; or (Private Wireless Division) Keith Fickner at (202) 418-7308 or kfickner@fcc.gov, TTY at (202) 418-7233.

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