Early next year, that is. The FCC will bang the gavel to kick of bidding for 1,099 licenses for companies angling to get a piece of beachfront spectrum to be abandoned by over-the-air television 2/17/09, a key element of the transition to digital television. The date of the Auction No. 73 will be 1/16/08. The frequencies in question are known as the "700 MHz Band" and range from 698 MHz to 806 MHz. The FCC is taking public comment on the bidding procedures at this time; information is available at fcc.gov.