The Broadcast Incentive Auction results

   The latest FCC spectrum auction, the Broadcast Incentive Auction, comprised of two parts: one which includes determining how much broadcasters were willing to sell their spectrum currently used for TV (the “Reverse Auction”) and another part to determine how much wireless carriers and other bidders were willing to pay for that spectrum (the “Forward Auction”). The auction continued with the reduction of spectrum available in stages until the price set by broadcasters effectively met the price bidders were willing to pay for the spectrum. The auction concluded on March 30th, 2017 clearing 70 MHz (35 + 35 MHz) of spectrum for commercial mobile radio services.

For reverse auction results and TV station relocation information visit

Six interactive maps below show winning bids of the major wireless carriers and other telecom companies. Click on the areas to see how many spectrum blocks (5 + 5 MHz) each bidder got.

T-Mobile    $8B
T-Mobile's 600 Mhz winning bids

Dish    $6.2B
Dish Network's 600 Mhz winning bids

AT&T    $910M
AT&T's 600 Mhz winning bids

Comcast    $1.7B
Comcast's 600 Mhz winning bids

US Cellular    $329M
US Cellular's 600 Mhz winning bids

C Spire    $19M
C Spire's 600 Mhz winning bids

Verizon and Sprint didn't acquire 600 MHz spectrum.

The auction by the numbers:
  • Gross proceeds: $19,768,437,378
  • Assignment phase proceeds: $135,930,632 
  • Gross proceeds after bidding on generic blocks: $19,632,506,746
  • Unsold spectrum: $648,916,000 (valued at the current prices. It will be auctioned again later)
  • Cost of unreserved spectrum: $0.93 / MHz×POP
  • Cost of reserved spectrum: $0.921 / MHz×POP
  • Cost of unreserved nationwide 5+5 MHz block: $2,909,837,934
  • Cost of reserved nationwide 5+5 MHz block: $2,880,689,670
  • Payout to broadcasters: $10,054,676,822
  • US Treasury revenue (estimate): $7.2 billion
To see intermediate stage 4 status visit this page.

Relocation of TV stations

The relocation of TV stations, also known as repacking, is organized into 10 phases. During the first phase that is scheduled to be finished by 11/30/2018 the stations shown below will be relocated to lower channels:

Phase 1 of repacking

Use the navigation above the map to explore other phases. The schedule of the phases is as follows:

 Phase Testing starts  Ends by 
1  09/14/2018 11/30/2018
2  12/01/2018 04/12/2019
3  04/13/2019 06/21/2019
4 06/22/2019 08/02/2019
5 08/03/2019 09/06/2019
6 09/07/2019 10/18/2019
7 10/19/2019 01/17/2020
8 01/18/2020 03/13/2020
9 03/14/2020 05/01/2020
10 05/02/2020 07/03/2020

The following map shows all stations remaining on channels 38-51 after phase 1. Use the navigation above the map to see stations remaining after other phases.

Stations remaining after phase 1

Special thanks to Trip Ericson of RabbitEars.Info

Band plan

The band consists of 35 MHz of contiguous uplink spectrum between 663-698 MHz adjacent to the lower 700 MHz uplink and corresponding 35 MHz of downlink spectrum between 617-652 MHz. The band is logically broken down into seven 5+5 MHz blocks A through G. TV stations will remain on channels 36 and below. Channel 37 will continue to be used for radio astronomy and wireless medical devices. In addition, the remaining 14 MHz of unlicensed spectrum will be available for innovative uses.

T-Mobile initiated the work on the 600 MHz band specification in February 2017. The new band is proposed to be assigned the next available FDD band number: 71. T-Mobile estimates the specification will be ready for approval in September 2017.

Read the work item description document for details. As of May 2017 3GPP either endorsed or approved proposed specification changes. Approval means the decision is final, endorsement means the change is technically correct but there are may be other solutions. The only change not endorsed yet is a change of 25.466 UTRAN specification which is not critical.

On 8/11/2017 3GPP released Technical Report 36.755 "US 600 MHz Band for LTE" and 15 Change Requests to existing specifications up for approval on the next meeting between 8/21-8/25.

Compatible devices

On March 23rd, 2017 Nokia announced completion of the first pre-standard testing of 600MHz on commercially-available hardware, creating a test bed for terminal ecosystem development and availability. Nokia is one of two primary network equipment vendors for T-Mobile.

Snapdragon X20 and modified X16 modems are Qualcomm solutions for 600 MHz to be available this year (X16) and early next year (X20).

T-Mobile plans to release first compatible device before 2017 holidays season.