Incentive auction update at June FCC meeting


FCCThere are five items on the agenda being put before the short-handed three-member Federal Communications Commission at the June Open Meeting. None of them involve proposed action directed at broadcasters, and the lone broadcast  item is a progress report on the project to repurpose television spectrum.

The meeting is on the schedule for 6/27/13 at 10:30 AM eastern.

The session will be under the gavel of Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn. Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai are the other sitting commissioners.

Tom Wheeler, the nominee to be the next chair, has met with the Senate Commerce Committee and is widely believed to be a shoo-in for confirmation by the full Senate. However, anybody who has watched the history of FCC confirmations knows that it isn’t official until it’s official, since it takes but one senator to put any nomination on ice for as long as the one senator desires.

Wheeler will be filling the seat vacated by former chair Julius Genachowski. A replacement for departed Republican Robert McDowell has not yet been named.

Information on the discussion points planned for the auction update is sparse, to say the least. Describing the agenda plank, the FCC stated, “The Incentive Auction Task Force will present an update on progress towards the television broadcast incentive auction.”