Wireless Industry News

The FCC plans to issue a report and order on the planned structure of the incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum sometime this spring, and then start accepting bids from TV stations for the reverse part of the auction in early 2015.

The timeline was given Thursday at the FCC's open meeting by Gary Epstein, chief of the commission's Incentive Auction Task Force. The agency's planned auction report will provide a framework a spectrum "band plan" and TV station repacking, and will address issues such as bidding rules, auction structure and the geographic size of license areas, which has been a point of contention among wireless carriers. Probably the largest issue that needs to be decided, for wireless carriers at least, is if or how any restrictions might be placed on Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, as smaller carrier and public interest groups have urged.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler stressed that the report would be open for comment and further changes, according to Broadcasting and Cable. Read the full article