The Nebraska Public Service Commission called on the FCC to move forward with the 600MHz broadcast incentive auction and employ a framework designed to allow the non-dominant carriers to effectively compete in the marketplace. With roughly 75 percent of the low-band spectrum controlled by the two big carriers, rural America could be left behind unless the FCC applies adequate safeguards needed to provide meaningful and fair competition. Read more here.
Members of the Maine State Legislature called on Maine Senator Angus King, urging him to encourage the FCC to conduct the incentive auction in early 2016 with bidding rules that would enable competitive carriers to compete and thrive while providing consumers with more choice and greater innovation. Read more here.
The National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (“NASUCA”) submitted a letter to the FCC in support of: expanding the reserve, holding the 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction for early 2016 as scheduled, and ensuring smaller competitors have a fair opportunity to acquire spectrum. Read the letter here.
Public Interest Groups Urge FCC to Support Competition in TV Spectrum Auctions
Says adopting two minimum sales prices is unnecessary and contrary to the FCC’s goal of encouraging competition
Analysis indicates 84 MHz of spectrum can be cleared for the incentive auction even without the participation of certain broadcasters.
Harold Feld of Public Knowledge testifies on the LPTV bill, arguing that it will introduce significant delay and uncertainty to the incentive auction process.