The FCC 600 MHz incentive auction kicked off with the reverse auction proceedings, with carriers Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile having to wait
The Federal Communications Commission’s highly anticipated 600 MHz incentive auction kicked off this week in what is expected to be a complicated process running well into the second half of the year.
The process began with television broadcasters making their initial bid commitments by end of day on March 29, which the FCC will then use to begin the reverse auction aspect of the proceedings. The reverse auction will determine the price at which broadcasters will voluntarily relinquish their spectrum usage rights in the 600 MHz band.
Television broadcasters interested in giving up some of their current spectrum holdings in the 600 MHz band had until Jan. 12 to file an application with the FCC, with a statement from the National Association of Broadcasters indicating “robust” participation from television broadcasters.