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Agenda for Feasibility Checking Workshop 2/21/2014

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Released: February 11, 2014

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St., S.W.

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Washington, D.C. 20554

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DA 14-180

Released: February 11, 2014



GN Docket No. 12-268

On January 9, 2014, the Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force released a Public
Notice detailing methodology that could be used to perform “feasibility checks” during the
repacking component of the upcoming incentive auction.1 In the Feasibility Checking PN, we
announced that a workshop would be held in February, where our outside experts could provide
further detail and answer questions from interested parties. The workshop will focus on methods
of solving a complex engineering problem: how to quickly assess the feasibility of assigning
channels to a set of television stations in a manner that does not violate certain technical
constraints. The ability to perform feasibility checks rapidly during each round of bidding will
be necessary if the Commission ultimately decides to use a descending clock for the reverse
auction component of the incentive auction.2
Presenting will be Brett Tarnutzer, Assistant Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications
Bureau, and one of our outside experts, Dr. Kevin Leyton-Brown, Associate Professor of
Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. Topics to be covered include:
 The role of Feasibility Checking in a reverse auction, and the need for speed and
 The different types of mathematical solvers and approaches to using these in an
 Test objectives, methodology, and initial results of simulated feasibility checks .

1 Incentive Auction Task Force Releases Information Related to Repacking; Announces Workshop/Webinar to
Provide Additional Detail
, Public Notice, DA 14-3 (Jan. 9, 2014) (“Feasibility Checking PN”).
2 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-96, §§ 6402, 6403, 125 Stat. 156 (2012)
(“Spectrum Act”).

The workshop is scheduled for

Friday, February 21, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00

p.m. (EST). The workshop will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at FCC Headquarters,
located at 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-C305, Washington, DC 20554, and is free and open to
the public. Following the panel discussion, there will be time dedicated for panelists to answer
questions from the audience.
The tentative agenda is outlined below:

Tentative Agenda

Opening Remarks
Review of the Feasibility Data Public Notice
Test Objectives
Test Data
Methodologies for Solving Satisfiability Problems
Test Results
Discussion and Moderated Q&A
Attendance. This forum is open to the public. All attendees are advised to arrive
approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop to allow time to go through our
security process. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register by submitting their names and
company affiliations via email to Cecilia Sulhoff ( in order to expedite
the check-in process the day of the event. Please use “LEARN Workshop Morning” as the
subject line in your email.
Webcast and WebEx. The forum will be webcast at
Additionally, for those unable to attend in person, please RSVP to Cecilia Sulhoff
( for WebEx login information.
Accessibility Information. To request information in accessible formats (computer
diskettes, large print, audio recording, and Braille), send an email to or call the
FCC’s consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432
For further information, contact A.J. Glusman at (202) 418-1425 or via e-mail at Press contact: Cecilia Sulhoff at (202) 418-0587. The Public Notice and
Technical Appendix, as well as additional information about the broadcast television incentive
auction, can be found at:

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