FCC Delays Vote On Incentive Auction Rules
The FCC today removed a scheduled vote regarding the incentive auction rules from the agenda of its open meeting, scheduled for July 16. According to Commissioner Ajit Pai, the FCC delayed the release of some simulation data until just days before the vote. Based on the initial feedback the FCC has received from stakeholders regarding the data, the agency realizes it needs to take a bit more time sifting through the responses before voting. "These incentive auction issues are complicated and highly technical," explained Pai in a statement. "We must make difficult and important judgments. So we should not be forced to review comments less than 24 hours before we vote on a matter that will have long-term consequences for the future of our nation's broadcast and wireless industries. This is not the kind of deliberative process that will lead to good decisions." Though the FCC removed the vote from its July 16 agenda, it has not rescheduled the vote. The FCC expects the reverse auction for 600MHz airwaves to kick off in mid 2016.
FCC Chairman Pai Pledges to Be More Transparent
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today said he hopes to make the agency more transparent and accessible to the American public. Primarily, Pai wants to ensure that FCC documents are available earlier in the process ahead of votes and/or adoption by the Commission.
FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction
Following Sprint's decision to skip next year's 600MHz incentive auction, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for the FCC's plans. "Sprint's decision highlights the folly of the FCC's attempt to pick winners and losers before the auction begins," said Pai, in reference to the rules being assigned to the auction.
Court Says FCC's Incentive Auction Can Proceed
A federal appeals court today denied broadcasters' bid to derail the FCC's forthcoming reverse auction. The incentive auction, set to take place in mid 2016, will see wireless companies bid for spectrum owned by television broadcasters.
FCC's Incentive Auction Starts Tonight
The FCC said its incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves officially gets under way at 6p.m. this evening, when broadcasters will need to commit to participating.