Tag Archives: incentive auction

LPTV, TV Translator, and FM Radio Stations to Benefit From New Repack Funding

Posted in Broadcast Regulation
On Friday, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (H.R.1625), which includes an amended version of the Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services (RAY BAUM’S) Act of 2018 (H.R.4986), funding for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and funding for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). While the $1.3… Continue Reading

So Your Station Submitted a Successful Incentive Auction Bid, Now What?

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
Now that television stations can openly discuss the results of their participation in the Incentive Auction, it is an appropriate time for all television stations to assess their market position and think about what comes next.  In this space, we will discuss how stations with various auction outcomes should approach their post-auction transaction.  Today, we… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein Encourages FCC to Ease Anti-Collusion Rules

Posted in Broadcast Regulation
This morning, on behalf of Wiley Rein, I filed a letter encouraging the FCC to issue a formal declaration that, with the final stage rule satisfied, no communications by broadcasters about the reverse auction can violate the Commission’s prohibition on certain auction-related communications.  The Incentive Auction has handcuffed the broadcast television industry in many respects… Continue Reading

Join Us for Destination Repack: A Multi Industry Roadmap

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Broadcast Technology, Spectrum
On October 19, 2016, Wiley Rein’s Telecom, Media & Technology Practice will be partnering with The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE) to host an educational program on the challenges faced by broadcasters post the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Spectrum Auction. Join us to discuss approaches to the post-auction repacking process, including: ◾Repack 101: Defining… Continue Reading

Incentive Auction Update: Onward to Stage 2

Posted in Spectrum
The FCC has declared the end of Stage 1 of the Incentive Auction, with total forward auction revenues of $23.1 billion. According to the Public Reporting System: “Bidding in the forward auction has concluded for Stage 1 without meeting the final stage rule and without meeting the conditions to trigger an extended round. The incentive… Continue Reading

The $88.4 Billion Question – What’s Next in the Incentive Auction?

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
The FCC has announced that the total clearing cost for the reverse auction (the aggregate of provisionally winning bids) is $86,422,558,704. Under the final stage rule, the proceeds from the forward auction (net of bidding credits and impairment discounts) must be sufficient to cover incentive auction costs, which include: (1) the aggregate of broadcaster clearing… Continue Reading

FCC Turns Up Pace of Reverse Auction

Posted in Spectrum
Beginning Monday, June 13, 2016, the FCC will conduct three rounds of the reverse auction per day, up from the current pace of two rounds per day.  Starting with round 17, Rounds will occur from 10:00 am ET – 11:00 am ET, 1:00 pm ET – 2:00 pm ET, and 4:00 pm ET – 5:00 pm… Continue Reading

FCC Provides Further Guidance on Reverse Auction Application Process

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
The FCC has released two additional items to guide broadcasters through the process of applying to participate in the reverse auction. First, the Commission released the Application Instructions that accompany FCC Form 177, the reverse auction application.  You can view screenshots of the application here.   In addition to the application itself, there is also: (1) a… Continue Reading

FCC Postpones Reverse Auction Application Workshop

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
Following up on yesterday’s announcement that the reverse auction application window will be delayed, the FCC is postponing its reverse auction application workshop, originally scheduled for November 17, 2015.  The workshop will now be held on December 8, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If you already pre-registered to attend the November 17th workshop,… Continue Reading

FCC Adjusts Reverse Auction Prices; Extends Application Deadline

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
Earlier today, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing revisions to the coverage area and population served of each television station to be protected in the repacking process. The revisions are the result of changes to the underlying data of five stations:  WNJU, Linden, New Jersey (new geographic location and parameters); KOHD, Bend, Oregon (channel 51 move);… Continue Reading

FCC Issues Procedures Governing Competitive Bidding in First-Ever Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction; Sets March 29, 2016 Deadline for Television Stations to Submit Initial Bids

Posted in Broadcast Regulation
On August 11, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) released a Public Notice that sets forth the procedures that will govern competitive bidding in Auction 1000, the first-ever incentive auction of broadcast television spectrum.  As we mentioned previously, the Procedures PN establishes March 29, 2016 as the “date on which bidding will begin”… Continue Reading

Understanding What Will Happen on March 29 in the Incentive Auction

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
Updated 8/14/2015:  We have learned that the initial application to participate in the reverse auction will NOT constitute a binding commitment.  This post has been revised to reflect that new information. One of the most common questions that we have received over the past several weeks is what exactly will happen on March 29, 2016.  Several… Continue Reading

Auction Update: Confirm Your Station Coverage and Population Data

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
In a Public Notice released yesterday, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announced that the final version of the TVStudy software, which calculates television stations’ coverage areas for use in the Incentive Auction and subsequent repacking, is now available on the Commission’s LEARN website.  OET also released a preliminary table showing the baseline… Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC Incentive Auction Order, Allowing Auction Process to Continue Forward

Posted in Broadcast Regulation, Spectrum
 Marking a win for the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) in the latest incentive auction battle, on June 12, 2015, the D.C. Circuit sustained the Commission’s Incentive Auction Order and a related Declaratory Ruling. As we explained before, the Order, adopted on May 15, 2014, sets forth the rules of the upcoming reverse and… Continue Reading