Report: FCC has reached out to 2/3 of eligible broadcasters about 600 MHz auction
June 16, 2015
The FCC is reaching more broadcasters ahead of next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. According to Reuters, nearly two-thirds of eligible U.S. TV stations have been briefed by FCC officials about the auction, up from an estimate of "nearly half" FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler cited in April.
The report, citing an estimate from an unnamed FCC official, said broadcasters are most concerned about the auction's projected opening bid prices and timing as well as the details of potential channel sharing.
On Friday the FCC voted to approve new rules for channel sharing to provide greater flexibility and certainty regarding channel sharing agreements. The rules will allow broadcasters that relinquish their spectrum rights in the incentive auction in order to channel share to enter into the agreements after the auction and, whether they enter into them before or after the auction, to determine the length of their agreements.