600 MHz Broadcast Television Incentive Auction Rules & Requirements

Presented by

Tara Shostek, RWA Regulatory Counsel, and Erin Fitzgerald, RWA Assistant Regulatory Counsel

About this talk

Join RWA on this webcast to review the FCC’s 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive Auction, which is scheduled for 2015. Background: On May 15, 2014, the FCC adopted the Incentive Auction Report and Order detailing the extremely complicated 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive Auction, which will make additional low-band spectrum available to meet consumers’ skyrocketing demand for mobile broadband services. The FCC’s Order addresses the 600 MHz band plan, geographic licensing areas, repacking procedures, opportunities for carriers to obtain reserve spectrum licenses and the Incentive Auction processes. This extremely complicated auction involves three interwoven parts: (1) a reverse auction that will recover spectrum from television broadcasters who voluntarily give up some or all of their spectrum rights in exchange for incentive payments; (2) repacking of those broadcasters that remain on the air after the auction has been completed; and (3) a forward auction through which the FCC will license the reclaimed 600 MHz spectrum to wireless providers. The Incentive Auction is considered wireless providers’ last opportunity to secure low-band spectrum licenses at auction for the foreseeable future. This webcast will address Incentive Auction processes, as well as post-auction and regulatory issues.

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