FCC to Vote on Incentive Auction Rules at Month's End


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Among the most highly anticipated items on the agenda for the FCC's Sept. 28 meeting will be the agency's proposed rulemaking on how to structure the "incentive auctions" authorized by Congress as part of a payroll tax cut package passed in February. The proposal is aimed at freeing up more spectrum to meet the nation's growing demand for wireless broadband. Wireless carriers argue that they are running out of spectrum needed to fuel the plethora of wireless gadgets Americans are using, from smartphones to tablets.

The FCC is aiming to finalize the order by mid-2013 and hold its first auctions in 2014.
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NAB Statement

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski circulating a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to fellow FCC Commissioners regarding broadcast spectrum incentive auctions, NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

"NAB looks forward to working with the FCC and Congress to implement spectrum incentive auction legislation. We have no quarrel with television stations choosing to voluntarily participate in the auction process. Our overriding objective remains the preservation of a vibrant future for free and local TV stations that serve tens of millions of Americans every day with quality entertainment, local news, the most popular sports, and life-saving weather warnings."
Posted Here: NAB News Release: NAB Statement on Incentive Auction Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Here are my words of advice to broadcasters (including would be spectrum speculators):

Don't be stupid and sell yourselves short by volunteering.
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