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FCC Announces Details of October 26th Incentive Auction Workshop

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Released: October 12, 2012

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).



October 12, 2012 Janice Wise: 202-418-8165





Workshop to Focus on Broadcaster Issues in the Incentive Auction NPRM

Washington, D.C.: As part of its Learning Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now
Program (LEARN), the Commission today announced details for its October 26, 2012 workshop
on the FCC’s recently released incentive auction NPRM. The workshop will provide information
about issues raised in the NPRM that are particularly relevant to broadcasters considering
participating in the auction, including proposed auction designs, the mechanics of participation,
and station eligibility. It will also focus on issues of interest to broadcasters that may choose not
to participate, including proposed band plans and possible approaches to repacking. This
workshop is part of the FCC’s commitment to an open and transparent process to ensure that the
proposals in the NPRM are understood by all relevant stakeholders, so that they can engage
effectively in the public comment process and make informed decisions about participating in the
The workshop will be held in the Commission Meeting Room at the FCC’s headquarters in
Washington, D.C. It is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-
served basis. The session will be broadcast live over the Internet at
Questions from the Internet audience can be submitted anonymously via email to
and via Twitter using the hashtag, #fcclive. Additional information about the LEARN Program is
available at


1:30 – 1:35

Welcoming Remarks, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

1:35 – 1:45

Overview: How the Pieces Fit Together, Gary Epstein

, Chair, Incentive
Auction Task Force
1:45 – 2:00

Reverse Auction Design Proposals, Brett Tarnutzer

, Chief Data Officer,
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
2:00 – 2:15

Station Eligibility, Bill Lake

, Chief, Media Bureau
2:15 – 2:30

Forward Auction and New Band Plans, Ruth Milkman

, Chief, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau
2:30 – 2:45

Interference Proposals and Repacking, Julie Knapp

, Chief, Office of
Engineering and Technology
2:45 – 3:15

Questions: Moderator, Rebecca Hanson

, Senior Advisor, Media Bureau
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request.
Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such
requests must include their contact information should FCC staff need to contact them for more
information. Requests should be made as early as possible. Please send an e-mail
to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau: 202-418-0530 (voice),
202-418-0432 (TTY).

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