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Commission Releases Supplement to the Incentive Auction Rules Option and Discussion Paper (NPRM Appendix C)

by Gary Epstein, Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force
February 4, 2013 - 12:10 PM

Today, a Supplement to the Incentive Auction rules Option and Discussion Paper, commonly referred to as Appendix C, contained in Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Docket No. 12-268, 27 FCC Rcd 12357 (2012) was released and is available in the docket.  This Supplement, prepared by the Commission’s outside auction experts, Auctionomics and Power Auctions, provides additional details about several of the Forward Auction proposals discussed in the NPRM.  It provides additional details about several of the more novel aspects discussed in connection with the Forward Auction, including the use of intra-round bidding, managing the shifting of demand between categories of licenses and the forward auction closing rule.  

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Commission Launches New and Improved Incentive Auction LEARN Website

by Gary Epstein, Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force
January 17, 2013 - 09:51 AM

Today the FCC launched a new and improved LEARN website.

The LEARN (Learn Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now) website is a one-stop information resource for incentive auction stakeholders, particularly broadcasters.  Informing, educating, and reaching out to the broadcaster community is critical for both broadcasters who want to take advantage of the unique opportunities the incentive auction will provide and those who do not.  The new and improved LEARN website provides easy access to current, clear, concise, and accurate information designed to help broadcasters make informed business decisions about participating in the incentive auction.    

One of the many new features on the site is an 11-page summary of the broadcast incentive auction process, prepared by the Incentive Auction Task Force staff.  This FCC Staff Summary highlights the key issues considered in the broadcast incentive auction notice of proposed rulemaking. 

The Staff Summary and all of the other new informational tools on the new and improved LEARN site will help inform all stakeholders, and are just a few of the many ways the FCC is working towards a successful incentive auction.  We look forward to your feedback!

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