The 700 MHz auction has slowed considerably, leading some to believe this may be the last week of the auction. At the conclusion of round 105, there were 1,090 provisional winning bids among 1,089 provisional winning bidders, for a total of $19,524,595,900 billion bid. Action on the nationwide C block has long since ended, and it appears the regional bidding for the “nationwide” C block will prevail. The C block spectrum can be won in one of two ways, either as a single nationwide license, or broken into 8 “regional” licenses that cover the entire nation. Whichever approach receives the most money, one nationwide bid, or the collective eight regional bids will win. The D block, which has the mandated public safety provision, has only received one bid of $472 million, which is well below the FCC reserve price of $1.3 billion. It will probably be reauctioned at a later date. The remaining activity is centered in the E and B blocks.
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