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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
January 17, 2013
Justin Cole, 202-418-8191
FCC LAUNCHES NEW ENHANCED WEBSITE FOR BROADCASTERS AND OTHER
STAKEHOLDERS SEEKING TO EVALUATE THE FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITY OF
UPCOMING INCENTIVE AUCTION
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today launched a new and improved
LEARN (Learn Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now) website with enhanced online resources as a
one-stop information resource for incentive auction stakeholders, particularly the nation’s broadcasters.
The new LEARN website provides easy access to a range of useful information and resources that will
help broadcasters and other stakeholders make more informed business decisions about participating in
the incentive auction, which the FCC anticipates holding in 2014. It also offers valuable information
about the proposed incentive auction process, and the unique business opportunities created by the
One of the many new features on the website 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.
Gary Epstein, Chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force, said: “The new and improved LEARN
website provides easy access to current, clear, concise, and accurate information designed to help the
nation’s broadcasters make informed business decisions about participating in the incentive auction.”
The FCC’s broadcast television spectrum incentive auction will be the first such auction ever attempted
anywhere in the world. It will be a groundbreaking event for the broadcast television, mobile wireless
and technology sectors of the economy. The auction will present a significant financial opportunity for
many broadcasters, and it will enhance the ability of broadcasters who remain on the air to continue
providing the public with diverse, local, free over-the-air television service. At the same time, the
spectrum reclaimed through the incentive auction will promote economic growth and enhance America’s
global competitiveness by increasing the speed, capacity and ubiquity of mobile broadband services such
as 4G LTE and Wi-Fi-like networks. In turn, this will accelerate the smartphone- and tablet-led mobile
revolution, benefitting millions of consumers and businesses across the country.
The 2010 National Broadband Plan introduced the concept of incentive auctions as a tool to help meet the
nation’s growing spectrum needs. Incentive auctions are voluntary, market-based means of repurposing
spectrum by encouraging licensees to voluntarily relinquish spectrum usage rights in exchange for a share
of the proceeds from an auction of new licenses to use the repurposed spectrum.
Please click on the below links to access the new LEARN website, read a blog post by Gary Epstein on
the new website launch, and to access the new Staff Summary:
www.fcc.gov/learnprogram www.fcc.gov/blog/commission-launches-new-and-improved-incentive-auction-learn-website http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db0116/DOC-318455A1.pdf
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