Commission Addresses Auction in July


FCCThe next FCC Open Meeting will be a milestone on the path to the kickoff of the incentive auction. The Commissioners will consider important rules of the auction road, among other things.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday 7/16/15 at 10:30AM eastern.

The key agenda plank for broadcasters will address repacking and auction procedures.

Here, from the FCC, is the tentative agenda:

Incentive Auction Procedures – The Commission will take the next step to commencing the incentive auction in the first quarter of 2016 by considering the Procedures Public Notice, which adopts a balanced set of auction procedures that will ensure an effective, efficient, and timely auction. The Public Notice establishes and provides information on final procedures for setting the initial spectrum clearing target, qualifying to bid, and bidding in the reverse and forward auctions.

Mobile Spectrum Holdings – The Commission will consider an Order on Reconsideration addressing petitions for reconsideration of certain aspects of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order.

Competitive Bidding – The Commission will consider a Report and Order, Order on Reconsideration, Third Order on Reconsideration and a Third Report and Order that provides meaningful opportunities for small businesses, rural telephone companies, and businesses owned by members of minority groups and women to participate in the provision of spectrum-based services, and also strengthens the Commission’s rules to protect against unjust enrichment to ineligible entities.