During Thursday’s open meeting, the FCC released its long-awaited set of new rules governing the spectrum incentive auction to be held in March of next year. Included in the procedures intended to enhance “competition and flexibility” are caps on bidding credits, a formula for calculating price offers, and the relocation of TV stations, wireless microphones, and unlicensed devices, among other changes.
FCC Establishes Auction Bidding Procedures
FCC Sets Bidding Rules for Spectrum Sale
Last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Ajit Pai testified before the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology to continue FCC oversight discussions.Topics of interest included the Open Internet Order, FCC appropriations funding, lifeline, and the delayed incentive spectrum auction, among others.
Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a related hearing on Wireless Broadband and the Future of Spectrum Policy. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel testified before the Committee about access to federal spectrum via auction.