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Statement of Commissioner Clyburn on Incentive Auction Presentation

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Released: January 30, 2014



Presentation by Incentive Auction Task Force
A couple of weeks ago, I met with my newly appointed communications counterparts in
Mexico, and three things were reaffirmed for me. First, when your day job is in Washington, DC,
Mexico City is a great place to visit in January. Second, our regulatory neighbors truly appreciate
this agency’s coordination efforts, on the 600 MHz band issues, and recognize how this can offer
mutual benefits to both countries. Third, as Mexico undertakes a comprehensive effort to
implement sweeping constitutional reforms, in part, to promote competition, it will closely
monitor the principles we use to implement the world’s first ever voluntary reverse incentive
Despite the several technical and policy questions that implementing this auction may
raise, I commend the Task Force for remaining focused on the unprecedented opportunity it
offers to strengthen both our mobile and broadcast industries. During disasters, such as Super
Storm Sandy, broadcasters, or first informers are the only means by which citizens received
critical information. When trying to implement a challenging regulatory initiative, it is important,
I believe, for an agency to engage all stakeholders, in order to resolve the most complicated
I am pleased to note that this has been one of the top, guiding principles for this Task
Force since the beginning. On the more difficult issues, it is encouraging dialogue through
several fora, including public notices, workshops, webinars, and ex parte meetings. In the past
two months alone, the Task Force has released three Public Notices on the feasibility of
reassigning TV stations to certain channels, inter-service interference, and geographic license
areas for the forward auction.
This morning, I was particularly pleased to hear that the staff will: launch a more
targeted outreach and education program for broadcasters, keep an open record policy on all
issues, exhaustively test the auctions program, and continue to engage stakeholders after the
Report and Order and until the auction is held.
I commend the stakeholders who have engaged constructively in this proceeding. Gary,
Bill, Roger, Mindel, and Matthew, thank you for preparing this morning’s update.

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