FCC Releases Auction 903 Mock Auction Information

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The Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force, in conjunction with Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureaus), will conduct one Connect American Fund Phase II Auction (Auction 903) mock auction for all applicants listed as qualified to bid in the Qualified Bidders Public Notice.

The mock auction will be held on July 18-19, 2018. Participants will be able to use and become familiar with all features of the CAF II Bidding System that they will use during the actual bidding. The mock auction is designed so that, within several rounds of bidding, bidders will experience key auction events. The Task Force and Bureaus strongly recommend that all qualified bidders participate in the mock auction.

For the mock auction, each qualified bidder will be assigned a set of states and performance tier and latency combinations for which it may bid. A qualified bidder’s assigned states and performance tier and latency combinations in the mock auction will not represent the actual states and performance tier and latency combinations for which it is qualified to bid in Auction 903. The mock auction bidding scenarios and auction configuration, described below, do not predict actual bidding in the auction but are designed to provide qualified bidders with useful experience with the CAF II Bidding System.

Qualified bidders will be able to use their Auction 903 registration materials to access the bidding system environment for the mock auction starting at 10:00 a.m. ET on July 17, 2018. This will allow each qualified bidder to see the states(s) and performance tier and latency combination(s) it is assigned for the mock auction. Commission staff will be available for questions at the Auction Bidder Line phone number provided in the registration materials.

Bidding in the mock auction will begin on July 18, 2018, and end on July 19, 2018. The mock auction will begin with round 1 and proceed through six rounds of bidding, with the following schedule:

Bidding Round Date Time
1 July 18 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET
2 July 18 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
3 July 18 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
4 July 19 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET
5 July 19 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
6 July 19 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
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