FCC Releases Winners of First Mid-Band 5G Auction

FCC Announces Winning Bidders of 3.5 GHz Band Auction

Today’s Public Notice Details Winning Bidders in First Mid-Band 5G Auction and Explains Procedures Going Forward

The Federal Communications Commission today released a Public Notice detailing the results of and next steps related to the recently concluded auction of 70 megahertz of Priority Access Licenses (PALs) in the 3550-3650 MHz band (Auction 105).  This auction made available the greatest number of spectrum licenses ever in a single FCC auction.  The Public Notice details auction results—including the names of winning bidders—and announces deadlines for payments and the filing of long-form applications, as well as other post-auction procedures needed for the prompt issuance of licenses. 

Auction 105 gross proceeds reached $4,585,663,345, with net proceeds totaling $4,543,232,339.  A total of 228 bidders won 20,625 of 22,631, or more than 91.1%, of available licenses.  

The five bidders with the largest total winning bid amounts were as follows:


Total Winning Bids

Verizon Wireless Network Procurement LP


Wetterhorn Wireless LLC


Spectrum Wireless Holdings, LLC


XF Wireless Investment, LLC


Cox Communications, Inc.


The five bidders winning the largest number of licenses were as follows:


Number of PALs Won

Wetterhorn Wireless LLC


SAL Spectrum, LLC


AMG Technology Investment Group, LLC


Windstream Services LLC, Debtor-in-Possession


XF Wireless Investment, LLC


Today’s Public Notice specifies deadlines for payments and the filing of long-form applications and gives details for other post-auction procedures.  Post-auction long-form license applications are due by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on September 17, 2020.  This is also the deadline for each winning bidder to submit a down payment, equaling 20% of the aggregate net amount of its winning bids, via wire transfer to the FCC.  Final payments are due by 6:00 p.m. ET on October 1, 2020.   

Source: FCC media announcement


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