Spectrum Repack News

Comcast buys $1.7B in wireless spectrum, paving the way for Xfinity cellphone launch (4/14/2017) - [Source: Philadelphia Inquirer] Comcast Corp. bought $1.7 billion in wireless spectrum controlled by TV broadcasters as part of a major reallocation of the nation’s airwaves for smartphones and mobile devices, the government said Thursday. Federal Communications Commission officials said in a conference call that 145 TV stations put spectrum up for sale nationwide but only...
Stations to Go Off-Air Following Frequency Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Inside Indiana Business] Three television stations in the Indianapolis market are moving to different parts of the frequency band as a result of voluntary federal auctions. The Federal Communications Commission has announced the owners of WNDY-TV Channel 23 and WCLJ-TV Channel 42 have agreed to sell their positions on the UHF band as part...
Dish Network again bids billions in FCC spectrum auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Denver Business Journal] The auction will, over the next 39 months, reassign under-used public TV airwaves for more productive use as broadband spectrum for mobile phones and other forms wireless internet. “Consumers are the real beneficiaries, as broadcasters invest new resources in programming and service, and additional wireless spectrum opens the way to greater...
FCC Sets TV Repack Deadlines (4/13/2017) - [Source: CommLawCenter] To use a metaphor those headed to Vegas for the NAB Show will appreciate, two of the three wheels on the Spectrum Repack slot machine had stopped spinning, and all eyes have since been anxiously watching that third and final wheel.  The first stopped spinning on January 13, 2017 when the Reverse Auction...
Milwaukee PBS station spectrum sells for $84.9M in auction to wireless firms; three other Milwaukee stations sell (4/13/2017) - [Source: Milwaukee Business Journal] An auction of television frequencies to wireless companies proved a financial bonanza for four Milwaukee TV stations including public television station WMVT-TV (Channel 36), which fetched $84.9 million. The other Milwaukee stations auctioning their frequencies were “My 24” WCGV-TV (Channel 24), $84.3 million; Christian programming outlet WVCY-TV (Channel 30), $76.3 million,...
With $6.2 Billion Spectrum Spree, Ergen Buys Himself Options (4/13/2017) - [Source: Bloomberg / Yahoo! Finance] Dish Network Corp. spent a surprising $6.2 billion on wireless airwaves in a government auction, a big splurge that did little to address questions about the endgame for billionaire Charlie Ergen’s satellite company. Only T-Mobile US Inc. bid more in the auction, spending $8 billion out of the $19.8 billion in...
The FCC just sold a chunk of the wireless spectrum to T-Mobile (4/13/2017) - [Source: Engadget] The results are in. After a year-long process, the Federal Communications Commission today announced the conclusion of its first-ever broadcast incentive auction, naming T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast and US Cellular as the biggest winners. T-Mobile threw down $8 billion to capture 45 percent of all low-band spectrum sold, meaning it now has the ability...
Frequently Asked Questions about the Results of the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Milwaukee PBS] What is the FCC broadcast incentive auction? With the proliferation of wireless technology, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the broadcast incentive auction to free up bandwidth for wireless uses. Every television station in the U.S. had the opportunity to participate in the voluntary auction. Why did MATC participate? In October 2015,...
Billions of Dollars in Spectrum Revenue a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity to Strengthen Local Journalism (4/13/2017) - [Source: News Voices / Free Press] On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission announced that payouts from its broadcast airwaves incentive auction, which raised $19.8 billion in total, would include $10.1 billion for 175 television stations that agreed to relinquish some or all of their channels. The FCC, which concluded the auction in February 2017, bought...
T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast Emerge As FCC Auction Winners (4/13/2017) - [Source: Law360] Wireless carrier T-Mobile spent nearly $8 billion to come out as the top winner in the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast incentive auction, the FCC said Thursday in bringing the auction to an official close, with Dish and Comcast clocking in second and third. The FCC released the final results of the auction after...
T-Mobile Just Picked Up the 600MHz “Spectrum Mother Lode” to Bring Their Network Everywhere (4/13/2017) - [Source: Droid Life] T-Mobile just made its largest investment ever by spending nearly $8 billion(!) to acquire 45% of the FCC’s available 600MHz low-band spectrum that was up for auction. This is the type of spectrum that penetrates buildings better and also reaches further from a tower, which in turn gives wireless customers a better overall...
CTA Applauds the FCC on Close of TV Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, in regards to the close of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) TV broadcast spectrum incentive auction. “Today, the FCC completed an important step in its mission to release more spectrum for wireless broadband – a critical resource...
T-Mobile Wins Big in FCC Spectrum Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: PC Magazine] The FCC on Thursday concluded its auction to repurpose spectrum that previously carried broadcast TV signals, and T-Mobile is the biggest winner. The wireless carrier spent $7.99 billion to acquire 45 percent of the newly-available spectrum in what the company says is its largest-ever investment. T-Mobile’s acquisition will quadruple its access to...
Statement of FCC Chairman Pai on the Completion of the Incentive Auction and the Start of the Post-Auction Transition Period (4/13/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement regarding the Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus’ release of the Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice. “Today marks a major accomplishment for the Commission: the ‘auction’ portion of the world’s first incentive auction is officially over. The...
Incentive Auction Watchers, Participants, Weigh In on FCC Data Dump (4/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Interested parties were celebrating the FCC’s release of a raft of data on who won what in the recent broadcast incentive auction, as well as next steps and timelines for repacking TV stations after the auction. “NAB congratulates the Commission and its staff on bringing the TV auction to a successful...
T-Mobile Spends $8 Billion to Upgrade Its Wireless Network (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Mac Observer] T-Mobile recently won an FCC wireless auction for a chunk of the wireless airwave spectrum, spending US$8 billion to expand its network. It acquired over 1,500 wireless licenses in the 600MHz range. That’s a low frequency spectrum that can travel longer distances, and it’s considered high quality—the kind of high quality...
Milwaukee Area Technical College to Receive $84.9 Million From FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Milwaukke PBS] Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) announced today that it will receive one-time proceeds of $84,931,314 as a result of its voluntary participation in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadcast incentive auction, created to free up bandwidth to accommodate the growing capacity needs for wireless technology. MATC’s District Board – the license holder...
Incentive Auction Watchers, Participants, Weigh In on FCC Data Dump (4/13/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] Interested parties were celebrating the FCC’s release of a raft of data on who won what in the recent broadcast incentive auction, as well as next steps and timelines for repacking TV stations after the auction. “NAB congratulates the Commission and its staff on bringing the TV auction to a successful conclusion,”...
$19.8 billion airwaves auction may mean better cell service (4/13/2017) - [Source: Learning and Finance] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that T-Mobile US Inc, Comcast Corp, Dish Network Corp and U.S. Cellular Corp were among the largest buyers of spectrum in an $19.8 billion broadcast airwaves auction. (NYSE: S) had already said it had enough spectrum and wouldn’t participate. U.S. Cellular said in...
T-Mobile acquires 45% from the low-band spectrum auction for nearly $8 billion (4/13/2017) - [Source: Neowin] For the past couple of years, T-Mobile has pushed past its rivals with its Un-carrier moves that have consistently allowed the company to grow and outperform its competitors. While the carrier has struggled in the past to acquire additional spectrum for its service, this year, it has made an impressive declaration by acquiring...
Three local TV stations net $55 million in FCC spectrum auction—but will stay on air (4/13/2017) - [Source: Indianapolis Business Journal] Three local television stations—WNDY, WHMB and WCLJ—scored a combined $55 million from a Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction. Results of that auction were released Thursday. Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. will be paid $17.8 million to relinquish the spectrum where WNDY-TV Channel 23 resides. Stations that relinquish their spectrum in the auction must...
Why Verizon didn’t buy any 600 MHz spectrum, and what it means for Big Red (4/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC disclosed the results of the 600 MHz incentive auction, and perhaps the biggest surprise was the complete lack of participation by Verizon. What this means, at least immediately, is that Verizon won’t be able to augment its current coverage with the low-band 600 MHz licenses that are ideal for covering...
Comcast Corporation Statement on FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction Results (4/13/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] The FCC today announced the results of the Reverse and Forward auctions of its Broadcast Incentive Auction. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) participated in both auctions. In the Reverse Incentive Auction, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations relinquished spectrum in three of its duopoly markets – New York (NBC – WNBC), Philadelphia (Telemundo – WWSI), and...
T-Mobile Grabbed 45% of the Auctioned 600MHz Spectrum (4/13/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] Leading up to the Incentive Auction, T-Mobile had been touting that they were going to essentially clean house in this auction. Seeing as they had the least amount of low-band spectrum, they needed this spectrum more than their competitors and they showed up in a big way. T-Mobile announced that they picked...
Consumer FAQs: TV Spectrum Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] The Federal Communications Commission recently held a spectrum auction to help improve and expand wireless services across the country to meet the ever-increasing needs of American consumers for faster, higher capacity mobile broadband services. In the auction, TV broadcasters could voluntarily give up their current broadcast channel in exchange for a share of...
Repack Reax (4/13/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The incentive auction officially closed today and the TV channel repack officially began with the issuance of the Federal Communications Commission’s “Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice,” which brought a round of reactions from broadcasters, observers and administrators. Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters: “NAB congratulates...
NBC Makes Over $480 Million From Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] NBC was among the broadcasters reaping hundreds of millions from selling spectrum in the FCC incentive auction, according to detailed auction results released by the FCC this afternoon. Somewhat surprising, NBC sold the spectrum of its flagship WNBC New York  for $214 million. In addition, it sold the spectrum of two Telemundo stations...
Comcast’s $1.7B in spectrum bids falls below expectations (4/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Comcast spent only $1.7 billion to acquire spectrum during the FCC’s just-completed Broadcast Incentive Auction, coming in short of analyst projections. Purchasing through CC Wireless Investment, Comcast bought 10 MHz of spectrum covering about 145M POPs in its own footprint within New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia. MoffettNathanson analyst had...
Results of FCC’s 600MHz auction are in, T-Mobile wins nearly half of all spectrum sold (4/13/2017) - [Source: PhoneDog] There’s some big wireless news out today, as the FCC has announced the results of the 600MHz spectrum auction that kicked off last year. The FCC says that there were a total of 50 winning bidders and $19.8 billion in bids. There was 70MHz of licensed spectrum up for grabs, and a total...
T-Mobile just spent $8 billion to get signal across the entire country (4/13/2017) - [Source: BGR / Yahoo! Tech] T-Mobile: great prices, meh coverage. Thats been the general consensus for years, but things are about to change in a massive way. The results of the FCCs low-band spectrum auction just came out, and T-Mobile is the biggest spender by a country mile. The carrier spent $8 billion to buy...
FCC Spectrum Auction Results: Winners Of Low-Band Spectrum Include T-Mobile, Comcast, Dish Network (4/13/2017) - [Source: International Business Times] The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday the winners of its spectrum auction, which includes T-Mobile, Dish Network and Comcast. The auction of radio frequencies netted the U.S. government a total of $19.8 billion as it handed out licenses to mobile carriers and internet service providers that placed bids. T-Mobile walked away with...
T-Mobile, Dish & Comcast Big Winners in $19.8B 600MHz Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] T-Mobile has made good on its promise to be the big winner in the 600Mhz low-band spectrum auction spending nearly $8 billion to grab what the operator says is 45% of the total TV spectrum on offer. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the results of the 600MHz “Incentive Auction” on Thursday...
FCC’s TV Airwaves Auction Drew $19.8 Billion, Led by T-Mobile (4/13/2017) - [Source: ADVFN] T-Mobile US Inc., Dish Network Corp. and Comcast Corp. were among the top buyers in the U.S. government’s auction of airwaves, which drew $19.8 billion in bids. The results, announced Thursday, showed that T-Mobile was the biggest spender at $8 billion. It was followed by Dish, which spent $6.2 billion, and Comcast with...
T-Mobile dominates spectrum auction, will boost LTE network across US (4/13/2017) - [Source: Ars Technica] T-Mobile USA was the biggest winner in an auction that shifted licenses in the 600MHz spectrum band from TV broadcasters to the cellular industry. T-Mobile will pay $7.99 billion for 1,525 licenses spread throughout the country, according to the results announced today. T-Mobile boasted in a press release that it won 45 percent of...
FCC Announces Airwaves Auction Results, T-Mobile, Dish bid $14 billion (4/13/2017) - [Source: CDR Info] T-Mobile US Inc bid $8 billion and Dish Network $6.2 billion to win the bulk of broadcast airwaves spectrum for sale in a government auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday. At $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70MHz of spectrum, the incentive auction is among the highest grossing auctions...
PBS SoCal KOCE to Invest $49 Million Earned from FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction to Expand Its Free Services across Southern California (4/13/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] PBS SoCal KOCE, the flagship PBS station for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, announced it earned $49 million through its participation in the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction and will invest these one-time revenues in expanding its mission across the region. There will be no change for viewers; PBS SoCal will continue...
T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast and AT&T Among Top Spenders in FCC Wireless Spectrum Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Street] T-Mobile USA (TMUS) , Dish (DISH) , Comcast (CMCSA) and AT&T (T)  were among the top spenders at a government wireless spectrum auction that raised nearly $20 billion, the FCC announced on Thursday. The FCC’s incentive auction allowed TV station owners to sell their broadcast spectrum licenses to wireless carriers, with the...
T-Mobile Grabs Most Auction Spectrum; Dish A Surprise No. 2 (4/13/2017) - [Source: Investor’s Business Daily] T-Mobile US (TMUS) won the lion’s share of airwaves Thursday in a TV spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission, spending $8 billion to capture nearly 45% of the available radio spectrum. T-Mobile bought 31 MHz of the low-band spectrum. Satellite broadcaster Dish Network (DISH) was close behind, spending $6.2 billion,...
Analyst: Comcast Bought Less Spectrum Than Expected (4/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Comcast spent a lot less for spectrum than expected in incentive auctions, MoffettNathanson’s Craig Moffett concluded in a research note issued Thursday soon after the auction results were posted. Moffett said he expected Comcast to fork out about $6 billion net of proceeds from the reverse auction, but ended up spending just $1.7...
T-Mobile just spent nearly $8 billion to finally put its network on par with Verizon and AT&T (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Verge] T-Mobile has made an enormous investment in wireless spectrum in a very expensive bid to put its LTE network on par with Verizon’s and AT&T’s. The carrier is spending almost $8 billion to acquire more than 1,500 wireless licenses that span across the United States. The licenses are for spectrum in the...
FCC Announces Results Of World’s First Broadcast Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the closing of the broadcast incentive auction, which created a first-of-its kind market for repurposing valuable broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use. At $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70MHz of spectrum, the incentive auction is among the highest grossing auctions ever conducted by the FCC....
T-Mobile US, Dish, Comcast dominate 600 MHz incentive auction, Verizon a no-show (4/13/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] T-Mobile US, Dish Network and Comcast walked away as the highest bidders in the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction process, with the three accounting for $15.9 billion of the auction’s $19.8 billion in net proceeds. T-Mobile US led the charge, with the nationwide operator posting nearly $8 billion in...
CFA Commends The Results Of The FCC’s Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Public] The following statement is attributed to Dr. Mark Cooper, Research Director of the Consumer Federation of America in response to today’s public notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcing the results of the incentive auction. ‘Today, the FCC completed an important step in its quest to release more spectrum for wireless broadband,...
With Auction Now Complete, FCC Should Quickly Repack Spectrum So It Can Be Put To Use (4/13/2017) - [Source: Public] The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a leading science- and tech-policy think tank, today released the following statement from Senior Telecom Policy Analyst Doug Brake urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and broadcasters to keep the forward momentum as the incentive auction ends: The results of the FCC’s incentive auction are in,...
T-Mobile, Dish and Comcast top bidders in incentive auction while Verizon looks on (4/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] T-Mobile was the top bidder in the FCC’s incentive auction, agreeing to pony up nearly $8 billion to acquire 600 MHz spectrum. And the nation’s largest carrier was nowhere to be seen. Dish Network, which already sits atop a pile of mid-range spectrum and has announced its intentions to build an...
Here Are The FCC’s Incentive Auction Results (4/13/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] In an afternoon press briefing held Thursday (4/13), the final results of the FCC’s first-of-its-kind incentive auction were officially shared with the public. Incentive Auction Task Force Chair Gary Epstein, Deputy Chair Jean L. Kiddoo, and Senior Advisor Charlie Meisch discussed some of the highlights — and details — of “Auction...
T-Mobile, Dish Network, And Comcast Won Spectrum In FCC Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Deadline Hollywood] T-Mobile, Dish Network, Comcast, and US Cellular are among the biggest winners of spectrum from the government auction of airwaves currently being used by broadcasters, the FCC said today in a report that officially wraps up the sale process. “There are three big surprises here,” says MoffettNathanson Research’s Craig Moffett. “Comcast bought less...
T-Mobile says it won 45% of the 600MHz spectrum auctioned off by the FCC (4/13/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] The process seemed to take forever, but the results were as expected. According to a video just disseminated by T-Mobile CEO John Legere, the nation’s third largest carrier ended up winning 45% of the 600MHz spectrum put up for auction by television broadcasters. If you’ve been reading our coverage of the FCC...
Stations Set to Reap $10 Billion as FCC Closes Auction of Broadcast Airwaves (4/13/2017) - [Source: Variety] The FCC has closed a first-of-its-kind auction of broadcast airwaves that will see a shakeup in channel lineups in many markets, as stations are reaping a total of $10.05 billion to give up their spectrum. A total of 175 stations stations broadcasters won bids and will give up their spectrum, the FCC said...
T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast among largest buyers in FCC auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Hill] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday announced the results of its first broadcast incentive auction, with the sale generating $19.8 billion. “The conclusion of the world’s first incentive auction is a major milestone in the FCC’s long history as steward of the nation’s airwaves,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “Consumers are...
T-MOBILE US, INC. (NASDAQ:TMUSP) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material… (4/13/2017) - [Source: 4-traders] On April 13, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC) announced that T-Mobile US, Inc. (the Company) was the winning bidder for 1,525 licenses in the 600MHz spectrum auction for an aggregate purchase price of $7.99 billion. At the inception of the auction process in June 2016, the Company deposited $2.20 billion with...
T-Mobile’s Spectrum Haul is a Game Changer for Wireless Consumers (4/13/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] Buckle up, carriers. It’s about to get real. T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today just confirmed the Un-carrier’s jaw-dropping results from the recently concluded and successful 600 MHz FCC spectrum auction. The Un-carrier won 45% of all low-band spectrum sold, covering 100% of the US and Puerto Rico and enabling the Un-carrier to compete...
T-Mobile just won the keys to supercharging its network (4/13/2017) - [Source: CNET] T-Mobile, Dish Network and cable giant Comcast emerged as the big winners in the government’s wireless spectrum auction. The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday announced the winners of its $19.8 billion spectrum auction. T-Mobile spent $8 billion and won the biggest number of licenses, according to the FCC. Dish Network came in second,...
NAB Statement On Incentive Auction Results (4/13/2017) (4/13/2017) - [Source: Public] In response to the announcement by the FCC of the results of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement may be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith ‘NAB congratulates the Commission and its staff on bringing the TV auction to a successful conclusion. While today marks a major milestone, the...
T-Mobile, US Cellular Named FCC Incentive Auction Winners (4/13/2017) - [Source: PhoneScoop] The FCC today marked the official end of the incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The agency said 50 wireless companies bid a cumulative $19.8 billion on some 70 MHz of spectrum that was put on offer by 175 television stations. In total, the FCC sold some 2,776 licensed spectrum blocks. An additional...
WGBH, WLVI reap huge windfall in sale of broadcast spectrum (4/13/2017) - [Source: Boston Globe] Public television organization WGBH and Channel 7 owner Ed Ansin are among the Massachusetts broadcasters receiving windfalls from a government-brokered auction of broadcast frequencies sought by wireless carriers, according to auction results announced Thursday. WGBH will receive $218.7 million in exchange for moving the signals of its WGBH 2 and WGBY 57...
At&t Inc. Files (8-k) Disclosing Other Events (4/13/2017) - [Source: Equities] AT&T Inc. (referred to as “AT&T,” “we,” or “our”) stated in our Form 10-K filed on February 17, 2017, that our commitment to purchase 600 MHz spectrum licenses for which we submitted bids is expected to be more than satisfied by the deposits made to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the third...
FCC Announces Results of World’s First Broadcast Incentive Auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice; Incentive Auction Closes; Reverse Auction and Forward Auction Results Announced; Final Television Band Channel Assignments Announced; Post-Auction Deadlines Announced
FCC: Almost 1,000 Stations Will Have To Move (4/13/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Following the official end of its broadcast incentive auction, the FCC today announced that 957 stations will have to change channels to clear the spectrum sold to wireless carriers. The first group of stations to move channels is scheduled for Nov. 30, 2018. Stations are required to provide 30 days’ notice, and the...
US-WIRELESS/AUCTION-T-Mobile, Comcast, Dish acquire spectrum in airwaves auction (4/13/2017) - [Source: Business Insider / Reuters] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that T-Mobile US Inc , Comcast Corp, Dish Network Corp and U.S. Cellular Corp were among the largest buyers of spectrum in an $19.8 billion broadcast airwaves auction. The FCC said 175 broadcast stations were selling airwaves to 50 wireless and other...
FCC Could Announce Spectrum Auction Results Today (4/13/2017) - [Source: The Street] The Federal Communications Commission could announce the results of the auction of $19.8 billion in publicly owned spectrum as early as Thursday, Reuters reports. Companies like AT&T  (T) , Verizon  (VZ) , Dish Network  (DISH) and Comcast  (CMCSA) bid on the spectrum in order to build new networks or improve existing coverage. Last year, 62 companies made...
Giant FCC spectrum auction raises $19.8 billion, sets up 5G services (4/13/2017) - [Source: CIO / IDG News Service] A U.S. Federal Communications auction of repurposed television spectrum has raised US$19.8 billion and will pave the way for mobile carriers to offer faster and more reliable service across the country. The 70MHz in new spectrum available will allow carriers to provide fast 5G service in coming years, FCC...
FCC Auction’s Biggest TV Station Payout: $304 Million (4/13/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] A total of 175 TV stations got payouts for giving up spectrum, and 50 wireless bidders—including Comcast/NBCU and Dish—got that spectrum, with the largest single TV station payout $304 million. The largest payout for a noncommercial station was $194 million. That is according to the broadcast incentive auction public notice (PN) that...
FCC could announce spectrum results as early as Thursday (4/13/2017) - [Source: Reuters] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may announce the winners of the government’s $19.8 billion spectrum auction as early as Thursday, industry officials told Reuters. The broadcast incentive spectrum auction is one of the commission’s most complex and ambitious to date attracting wireless and other telecommunications companies who are buying television airwaves from broadcasters...
WHTV going off-air due to FCC spectrum auction, other channels affected (4/12/2017) - [Source: MLive] …The development comes as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction, part of the FCC’s efforts to redistribute spectrum usage rights in the U.S. The incentive auction, which began March 29, 2016, is “a means of repurposing spectrum by encouraging licensees to voluntarily relinquish spectrum usage rights in exchange for a...
Carrier Wrap: Policy, 5G, IoT and video challenges facing CCA members (4/12/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] On this week’s “Carrier Wrap” we speak with Steve Berry, CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association, on challenges and opportunities facing CCA carrier members… Berry also claimed the recently closed 600 MHz incentive auction was a success for the industry, with hope that mobile operators would soon gain access to the...
Qualcomm : Turns Its Attention to Enabling 600 MHz Devices (4/12/2017) - [Source: 4-traders.com] Nokia and Ericsson have already said they have operators covered for 600 MHz network equipment, and now it seems Qualcomm is stepping up with enabling technology on the handset side of things. In a blog post last week, Qualcomm SVP of Product Management Jim Tran noted the company`s Snapdragon X20 LTE modem and...
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: GatesAir (4/11/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] GatesAir [NAB booth N2613] will showcase a new high-efficiency UHF transmitter range to help broadcasters leverage the new business opportunities promised through the spectrum repack and the ATSC 3.0 DTV standard. The new Maxiva ULXTE liquid transmitter joins the recently-announced UAXTE air-cooled transmitter to give broadcasters two design options with market-leading RF performance and the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership. The ULXTE and UAXTE are optimized for channel changes driven...
CCA Mobile Carriers Show 2017 highlighted policy, operational challenges and opportunities (4/11/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] CCA CEO Steve Berry spoke with RCR Wireless News on the numerous changes that have come out of the Federal Communications Commission since a change in leadership earlier this year… Berry also stated the trade group sees the recently completed 600 MHZ incentive auction as a success for the industry and...
GatesAir Brings To Market Air-Cooled Transmitter Series For VHF (4/11/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] A seamless move to new VHF channel assignments in the upcoming TV spectrum repack won’t be the easiest of tasks. GatesAir is doing its part to make the transition as seamless as possible. An air-cooled transmitter series that covers the entire VHF spectrum, Maxiva VAXTE, is ready for its official launch,...
GatesAir and Qligent Strengthen Maxiva™ StreamAssure as Spectrum Repack Advances (4/11/2017) - [Source: IABM] …Rich Redmond, chief product officer at GatesAir [says,] “Given the many challenges and complexities that the spectrum repack will bring to broadcast operations, along with migration to ATSC 3.0, this technology has come to fruition to solve problems for our customers at the ideal time.” Working with GatesAir to evolve StreamAssure, Qligent has...
Broadcasters Keep Pushing For Post-Auction Flexibility (4/7/2017) - [Source: Law360] The National Association of Broadcasters has continued to push the Federal Communications Commission for greater flexibility for TV stations transitioning after the broadcast incentive auction, saying Thursday the FCC should be sensitive to service changes. The group told FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that the agency should “adopt a flexible, balanced approach to repacking...
NAB Executives Get Personal With FCC on Repack Issue (4/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] A tag team of National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith and general counsel Rick Kaplan met with FCC chairman Ajit Pai April 4 to talk about the repack of TV stations after the incentive auction. The FCC is expected in the next week or so to release the public notice...
NAB Reiterates Repack Concerns To Pai (4/7/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] In a meeting on Tuesday with the chairman, the association is worried about the 39-month deadline to move to new channel assignments as well as “the potentially significant impact the repack will have on non-repacked broadcasters.” NAB officials met with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai this week to address broadcasters’ concerns surrounding the repack...
Comcast Unveils Wireless Plan: Competition to Intensify (4/7/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ / Zacks] …Earlier, Comcast stated a futurepossibility of the MVNO agreement being extended with Sprint Corp. S and other wireless operators. Importantly, the company took part in the recently concluded 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission. Yesterday, Comcast clarified that its upcoming entry in the U.S, wireless...
Comcast turns to flexible mobile tariffs to defend against AT&T, Verizon content push (4/7/2017) - [Source: Total Telecom] …Comcast was also one of the participants in the recently-concluded 600-MHz incentive auction; however, the assignment phase of the process is still ongoing, which prevents Comcast discussing any plans around using its own airwaves. Dave Watson, CEO of Comcast Cable, said that while Xfinity Mobile does give it an opportunity to attract...
T-Mobile Paints Rosy Repack (4/6/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] T-Mobile says the government’s TV channel-repacking methodology will beat expectations. “Likely less than 800 full-power TV stations will need to be repacked. It appears the FCC’s repacking optimization was better than T-Mobile and other participants in the proceeding anticipated,” the carrier said in an ex parte presentation to Federal Communications Commission staff...
Comcast to sell “unlimited” mobile plans that get throttled after 20GB (4/6/2017) - [Source: Ars Technica] …Though Comcast is relying on Verizon Wireless for cellular data, the cable company could end up building its own cell towers, as it may obtain some spectrum from the latest government auction. But Comcast really wants to lean on Wi-Fi. Most smartphone data usage is on Wi-Fi to begin with, and that proportion could increase...
Comcast giving cellphone service another try (4/6/2017) - [Source: The Register-Guard] …Comcast is believed to be both a buyer and seller of wireless spectrum in the Federal Communications Commission’s recent spectrum auction that repurposed some TV airwaves for the wireless industry. Industry experts say that Comcast may have sold airwaves controlled by its NBC and Telemundo TV stations. It also may have acquired...
Comcast’s Unlimited Data Phone Plans Will Start at $45 a Month for its Best Customers (4/6/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Comcast took part in an FCC auction of mobile spectrum licenses that could add to its wireless holdings. Bidding concluded recently, and the government will announce winners in the coming weeks. Comcast said it could not discuss the auction because of a quiet period, but the cable operator could deploy its new spectrum as part...
Comcast, ‘the worst company in America’, just launched cellular service (4/6/2017) - [Source: Android Central] Comcast is launching cellular service through its Xfinity subbrand in partnership with Verizon… And while the company is entirely a wireless MVNO right now, working exclusively with Verizon, it has bid in the now-closed 600MHz wireless auction, so it’s possible it could launch 4G LTE service of its own in the near...
Pai To Boost Priority Of Economic Analysis (4/5/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …[FCC Chairman Ajit] Pai cited the commission’s recent spectrum incentive auction as “the most notable example of good economics guiding good policy at the commission, but hardly the only one.” While the use of reverse and forward auctions was initially proposed by an FCC staff economist, “the FCC’s first-rate economists are not always used...
Dielectric To Unveil High-Power Broadband Pylon Antenna With ATSC 3.0-Ready Technology At 2017 NAB Show (4/5/2017) - [Source: Digital Broadcasting] …[Dielectric’s TFU-GTH-BB antenna’s] exceptional channel capacity will be particularly useful as a solution to allow multiple stations sharing a common tower to now consider sharing a common antenna—anticipated as a frequent situation coming out of the Spectrum Repack. This array offers the bandwidth characteristics of a panel antenna with a fraction of...
Raycom Said to Be Close to Buying WVUE in New Orleans (4/4/2017) - [Source: Ad Week] …“The agreements, forged on Dec. 12, 2013, gave Raycom the option to buy WVUE at a later date,” says [Radio+Television Business Report]. “Now that the spectrum auction has closed, Raycom has exercised its option and is ready to take on the Crescent City’s home for Peter Griffin, Homer Simpson and 34-year veteran...
Repack Triggers $3.9M American Tower Order to Dielectric (4/4/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] Dielectric recently announced that American Tower Corporation has placed a $3.9 million order for TFU-WB broadband, side-mount antennas and transmission line in preparation for the impending U.S. DTV spectrum repack. The TFU-WB is a newly-developed, low-cost, side-mount UHF broadband pylon-type antenna that is both ATSC 3.0 and DVB-T2 ready.Compared to UHF...
New GatesAir Maxiva™ Transmitter Series Fills VHF Void for Spectrum Repack (4/4/2017) - [Source: IABM] GatesAir has taken the lead in helping broadcasters seamlessly move to new VHF channel assignments during the TV spectrum repack with the Maxiva™ VAXTE, a new air-cooled transmitter series that covers the entire VHF spectrum. While GatesAir takes the RF performance and low total cost of ownership crown for Band III (Channels 7-13)...
Focus On TV Spectrum Repack at 2017 NAB Show (4/3/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Job one for TV broadcasters at the 2017 NAB Show will be planning for the TV spectrum repack, which is upon them. A close second will be next-gen TV service based on the ATSC 3.0 standard. While reimbursements from the $1.75 billion Broadcast Relocation Fund may not be used to upgrade the RF...
Focus On ATSC 3.0 At 2017 NAB Show (4/3/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] TV broadcasters attending the 2017 NAB Show will travel to Las Vegas with two industry-transforming topics in mind: TV spectrum repack and the approaching rollout of next-gen TV based on the ATSC 3.0 standard. Like it or not, the two are intertwined -so much so that at times it can be tough to tell where...
New Comcast Wireless Details Drop This Week (4/3/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …The FCC finally closed out its auction for the 600MHz broadcast TV spectrum late last week, and at least one financial analyst believes Comcast will emerge as one of the top bidders in that event. UBS analyst John Hodulik is predicting that Comcast will walk away with 20MHz of new spectrum at...
Ericsson plans Q3 launch of MIMO-enabled 600 MHz equipment (4/3/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Ericsson wasted little time in staking its claim of support for telecommunication operators that won 600 MHz spectrum licenses in the Federal Communications Commission’s recently concluded incentive auction proceedings. The vendor said it planed to have a “suite” of 600 MHz products ready for commercial deployment by the third quarter of...
Ericsson, Nokia stand ready for 600 MHz deployments (4/3/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Both Nokia and Ericsson said they’re ready to provide commercial gear for operators’ 600 MHz spectrum, with Ericsson promising its equipment will be ready by the third quarter and Nokia saying it’s already completed the first prestandard testing of 600 MHz on commercially-available hardware. Naturally, operators are eager to get their...
Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission Under Delegated Authority (4/1/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …The Spectrum Act mandates “a reverse auction to determine the amount of compensation that each broadcast television licensee would accept in return for voluntarily relinquishing some or all of its broadcast television spectrum usage rights in order to make spectrum available for assignment through a system of competitive bidding”.[] The Commission conducted...
FCC Broadcast Spectrum Auction Wraps Up At $19.8B (3/31/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission has concluded the assignment phase of part of its broadcast incentive auction, raising the overall price tag on spectrum that will be repurposed for wireless use by about $136 million to $19.8 billion. The auction’s “clock phase” ended Feb. 10, ushering the agency into the now-concluded “assignment phase.” As...
Virginia network gets $181M from sale of two stations in spectrum auction (3/31/2017) - [Source: Current] Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corp. in Richmond, Va., will receive $181 million for the sale of two Virginia TV stations in the FCC spectrum auction, the broadcaster announced Thursday. The stations going dark, WNVC in Fairfax and WNVT in Goldvein, are programmed by MHz Networks, a nonprofit that has been independent of Commonwealth since...
Incentive Auction File Formats, Forward Auction Post-auction Tutorial (3/31/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] By this Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announce the availability of educational materials regarding incentive auction data files for both the reverse auction (Auction 1001) and forward auction (Auction 1002), and the immediate post-auction process for the forward auction. Specifically, we have posted to the Auction...
It’s ‘absurd’ broadcasters could be forced off air by channel repack, NAB says (3/31/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] With the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions officially in the books, the extensive channel repacking process begins. But the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) warns changes are needed to avoid broadcasters being forced off the air. Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of media relations for the NAB, said the timeline and budget...
Telecommunications Industry Association Applauds FCC Action on Incentive Auctions (3/31/2017) - [Source: Telecommunications Industry Association] The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today applauded the FCC for circulating a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding voluntary incentive auctions of spectrum. “TIA has advocated for incentive auction legislation for years, and we’re very happy that the Commission is...
T-Mobile Is Tops Among U.S. Wireless Stocks in the First Quarter (3/31/2017) - [Source: The Street] …All of the telecoms will gain clarity once the FCC discloses the results of a recently concluded government auction of wireless spectrum licenses. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon could be on the hook for billions of dollars, depending on how much wireless spectrum they purchase. T-Mobile may benefit from expectations that the Trump administration...
Comcast, T-Mobile predicted as surprise winners in FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction, UBS report says (3/31/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Comcast and T-Mobile dominated the FCC’s recently completed broadcast spectrum auction, together collecting three-quarters of the total spectrum sold, according to estimates by UBS analyst John Hodulik. According to Hodulik’s estimates, T-Mobile will end up spending between $8 billion and $10 billion to acquire spectrum that had been owned by local...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction closes at nearly $19.8B (3/31/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] One year after it began, the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction drew to a close late yesterday, with bidding in the auction’s assignment phase ending and total auction proceeds coming in at nearly $19.8 billion. The assignment phase, which began on March 6, had companies that won licenses in...
Sprint/T-Mobile merger: Which CEO would stay? (3/31/2017) - [Source: Memphis Business Journal] With the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction ending Thursday, spectrum-holders soon will be free to talk mergers. In the case of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile U.S. Inc., analysts expect a dialogue. As for who would lead a merged company — that was another matter. In January, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made...
Carriers Urge FCC To Stick To Original 600MHz Timeline (3/31/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] The FCC’s 600 megahertz spectrum auction is finally at its decisive end now, and carriers who bid on and won spectrum are pushing the FCC to stick to their originally proposed schedule for reshuffling spectrum to give them access, a schedule that many spectrum holders and even AT&T panned as being unrealistic....
Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation Sells Two Northern Virginia Stations in FCC Spectrum Auction (3/31/2017) - [Source: Community Idea Stations] Over the past year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a voluntary auction to purchase the right to use broadcast spectrum from commercial and public broadcasters across the country with the goal to re-sell that spectrum to wireless providers for the benefit of creating more bandwidth for mobile broadband and other...
Ericsson 600 MHZ products ready in Q3 2017 (3/30/2017) - [Source: Press Kontakt] …The news follows the FCC’s completion of the final phase of its incentive auction, which repurposed spectrum for wireless broadband services. As a result, operators will receive access to spectrum to provide service in the 600 MHz band. The new 600 MHz low-band spectrum allows operators to extend and enhance coverage by...
Thats All Folks: Incentive Auction Concludes (3/30/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission today announced the conclusion of the TV spectrum incentive auction. The assignment phase, where winning wireless bidders vied for specific frequencies, concluded today as planned. The final take was $19.8 billion. Specifically, the commission added another $136 million in the frequency-assignment phase of the auction. “Today’s conclusion of...
NAB on End of Spectrum Auction: Time for ‘Seamless Transition’ (3/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Spectrum auction followers of both the forward and reverse sides weighed in Thursday after the spectrum incentive auction finally closed with the final bids in the follow-on assignment auction to divvy up specific frequencies. “[The National Association of Broadcasters] congratulates the FCC on completing the incentive auction,” said NAB executive VP of communications Dennis...
NAB Statement on Close of Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction (3/30/2017) - [Source: NAB.org] In response to the end of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “NAB congratulates the FCC on completing the incentive auction. We are now eager to work with the Commission to ensure a smooth repacking transition that protects consumer...
FCC’s Long-Running Broadcast Spectrum Auction Is Finally Over (3/30/2017) - [Source: Deadline / Hollywood] The FCC’s long-running, multi-stage effort to auction spectrum currently used by broadcasters is finally over: Bidders today found out who won specific blocks of the precious airwaves; the FCC is expected to announce the results in April. The process formally began a little more than a year ago, but has been...
Spectrum Auction (Finally) Ends With Total Take of $19.8 Billion (3/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …”Today’s conclusion of the assignment phase formally brings all bidding activity in this multi-phase auction to a close,” said Gary Epstein, chair of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force. “The incentive auction has required unprecedented commitment from bidders as well as Commission staff, who from the moment that broadcasters made their...
Spectrum Auction (Finally) Ends; Total Take Is $19,768,437,378 (3/30/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] A year almost to the day since broadcasters had to commit to the spectrum incentive auction, it ended today (March 30), with a new total dollar figure total: $19,768,437,378 The FCC ended the assignment phase, follow-on auction–it began March 6–which raised an added $136 million or so on top of the $19,632,506,746...
As incentive auction ends, carriers push for quick access to 600 MHz spectrum (3/30/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] With the finish line of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum in sight, carriers are pushing hard to get their hands on those airwaves as quickly as they can. The assignment phase of auction closes today, wrapping up an auction that started more than a year ago. Bidders committed...
‘Super’ Wi-Fi may finally be coming your way (3/30/2017) - [Source: Silicon Valley] …The problem for Super Wi-Fi was that soon after regulators gave their stamp of approval for the technology to use the television spectrum back in 2010, they threw into question just how much space would be available… At long last, though, that uncertainty should be coming to an end. The spectrum auction...
Here’s How To Get TV Repack, Incentive Auction Payments (3/30/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] If your broadcast television company is set to receive money from the Federal government from their participation in the spectrum auction, which concludes Friday (3/31), or seeks reimbursement for “repack” costs, it’s time to put on your reading glasses … and grab a cup of tea. The FCC late...
FCC Issues Payment Guidelines for Incentive Auction, Repack (3/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Broadcasters and cable operators who want to get compensated for post-incentive auction repack expenses, and broadcasters who want to get their incentive auction winning bid payments, need to bone up on this just-released public notice. That notice, released on the eve of the March 30 close of the incentive auction, says...
FCC Spells Out Auction Payment Procedures (3/29/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Each station licensee that successfully bid to relinquish some or all of its spectrum in the reverse auction will receive a share of auction proceeds based on its winning bid. Before the commission can distribute incentive payments, a winning bidder must certify its agreement, acknowledge specified payment terms and provide information on where...
How Will Vermont PBS Spend its $56 Million Windfall? (3/29/2017) - [Source: Seven Days] …Participating alongside dozens of other stations in a Federal Communications Commission auction, Vermont PBS had sold one of its four broadcast licenses for $56 million. In a small state like Vermont, that is an eye-watering sum. It’s nine times more than Vermont PBS’ annual operating budget of $6 million, and more than...
Incentive Auction Procedures for Submitting Payment Instructions (3/29/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] This Public Notice describes essential steps that full power and Class A broadcasters and MVPDs that anticipate receiving incentive and/or reimbursement payment(s) following the incentive auction must take before receiving payments. These instructions describe essential steps that Payment Applicants must take before receiving incentive payments based on winning reverse auction bids or payments...
Will Comcast Offer iPhone for Upcoming Wireless Venture? (3/29/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zack’s] …Brian Roberts also stated the possibility of the MVNO agreement being extended in the near future with Sprint Corp. and other wireless operators. Importantly, Comcast took part in the recently concluded 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission. The U.S. wireless market is currently witnessing...
How Will Radio Cope With TV’s Post-Auction ‘Repack’? (3/29/2017) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] Another hot public policy topic discussed Tuesday by Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly during a Keynote Address at the Hispanic Radio Conference is the incentive auction and its aftermath, a.k.a. the “repack” of TV stations that is set to take place. Why would O’Rielly discuss a TV industry concern at a radio...
Verizon wins another wireless speed test thanks to its last real advantage (3/28/2017) - [Source: BGR] Verizon has long had a reputation for the best service in America, with prices to match… Times are a-changing, however. T-Mobile purchased some low-frequency 700MHz spectrum two years ago, and the government is currently in the process of auctioning off old TV spectrum in the 600MHz range to the wireless carriers. Verizon, AT&T...
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Makes Case on Hill for Funding (3/28/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Corporation for Public Broadcasting president Patricia Harrison… also said that it was not clear that the $1.75 billion Congress has set aside for the post-auction repack will be enough to cover the move, and there is no compensation for translators needed for changing channels in the repack, which she said places “an...
CPB Makes Case On Hill for Funding (3/28/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] Corporation for Public Broadcasting president Patricia Harrison was on Capitol Hill Tuesday to pitch full funding for noncommercial TV and radio—even as President Donald Trump has proposed cutting all federal funds… She also signaled that FCC spectrum auction funds wouldn’t be a big boon for noncommercial stations looking for funding elsewhere. Harrison asked...
April Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and Children’s Television Reports, Incentive Auction Closing Notice, AM Translator Site Relocation Relaxation Effective Date (3/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] April has many important dates for broadcasters – both radio and TV.  This includes both regular regulatory obligations and dates unique to this April for both radio and TV – including the release of the FCC’s Closing Notice for the TV incentive auction and the effective date for the new rules...
Life on hold: T-Mobile merger talks create uncertainty for 50,000 employees (3/27/2017) - [Source: Puget Sound Business Journal] …T-Mobile could begin merger talks as soon as Friday. Wireless providers are locked into a quiet period barring executives from discussing potential mergers during the Federal Communications Commission’s wireless spectrum auction, which sells off access to the radio waves carrying signals from cell towers to cell phones. The auction is...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Finally Ending This Week (3/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The end is coming this week for the broadcast incentive auction. The reverse auction (broadcaster portion of the auction) has been over since Jan. 18, but the assignment-phase auction for forward auction bidders is scheduled to close March 30. That is the follow-up auction where forward auction winners are bidding on...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Finally Ending This Week (3/27/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …In mid-April, the commission will release a public notice identifying the winning bidders in both reverse and forward auctions. It will also publicly announce the new channels for TV stations being repacked so the 84 MHz of broadcast spectrum cleared in the auction can be turned over to those forward auction bidders...
Gray Announces Proposed Addition To Senior Credit Facility Term Loan (3/27/2017) - [Source: Gray Television / SatPRNews.com] …On February 6, 2017, we announced that we anticipate receiving $90.8 million in proceeds resulting from the Federal Communication Commission’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by Gray during the auction to modify and/or surrender spectrum...
Did Charlie Ergen Make A Bad Wireless Bet? (3/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …In what many will see as a acknowledgment Dish Network will not be part of a major transaction, Ergen said his company is “not going to drive” the discussions many believe will take place once the FCC’s ban that bars companies involved in the current spectrum auction from talking to each other is...
On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Dielectric (3/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Dielectric, a provider of purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, will exhibit its, now-shipping TFU-WB UHF antenna to simplify transitions associated with the Spectrum Repack — along with a message for broadcasters that accentuates why now is the time to purchase and prepare. The TFU-WB was introduced last spring as...
Dielectric Welcomes FCC’s ATSC 3.0 NPRM (3/27/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] …Decisions on equipment made for the repack can directly impact the station’s ability to take advantage of the features of the new OFDM-based, end-to-end IP connectivity that is native to the ATSC 3.0 standard. Perhaps the feature of most benefit to broadcasters is the ability to choose modulation and coding (MODCOD)...
FCC denies must-carry for LPTVs, but greenlights channel sharing (3/26/2017) - [Source: Rapid TV News] The US broadcast regulator FCC has said that TV stations could share channels, in a win for low-power TV (LPTVs) stations… The order has two main effects: following the broadcast incentive auction many stations swapped their spectrum for cash and now can remain in business by striking spectrum-sharing deals with other local...
Next Generation Communications Week in Review: Facebook, Nokia, Qualcomm (3/25/2017) - [Source: Next Generation Communications] …On the wireless frontier, meanwhile, Nokia announced it has completed pre-standard testing of 600MHz on commercially available hardware. The Federal Communications Commission this year is repurposing 600MHz spectrum that had been used by broadcast TV companies so it can be employed by cellular service providers. This spectrum can be used to...
Commission Adopts Channel Sharing Report and Order (3/24/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] In implementing Congress’s mandate to conduct a broadcast television spectrum incentive auction, the Commission previously established rules to allow full power and Class A stations that relinquish licensed spectrum usage rights in the reverse auction to share a channel with another station. These rules, however, confine channel sharing to auction-related agreements. The Commission...
Dielectric to Show Reimbursable Repack-Ready Hardware at 2017 NAB Show (3/24/2017) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] Dielectric will exhibit its innovative, now-shipping TFU-WB UHF antenna to simplify transitions associated with the Spectrum Repack – along with a message for broadcasters that accentuates why now is the time to purchase and prepare. The TFU-WB was introduced last spring as an off-the-shelf solution for quick installation of an auxiliary antenna...
Why Telecom Mergers Might Be Near, And How They Could Get ‘Trumped’ (3/24/2017) - [Source: Investor’s Business Daily]   …Within weeks, a government radio spectrum auction is expected to end, thus freeing up companies to negotiate a deal. Analysts warn, however, that while investors might want to play the proverbial meddling parent, telecom giants can’t be prodded into taking vows. Further, an unpredictable Trump administration is creating an uncertain regulatory picture...
Nokia Makes Pre-standard 600mhz Lte Call Using Commercial Hardware (3/24/2017) - [Source: LTE World] Nokia has announced completion of the pre-standard testing of 600MHz on commercially-available hardware, creating a test bed for terminal ecosystem development and availability. Low-band 600MHz spectrum is ideal for covering wide areas and providing bandwidth in hard-to-reach places. According to Nokia the winning bidders of the 600MHz auction will utilize this spectrum...
Unlimited data will spur ‘fundamental readjustments’ in the market, Chetan Sharma predicts (3/24/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The heightening competition has led analysts to predict a wave of consolidation on the horizon. M&A activity has been stifled largely due to the anti-collusion rules of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves, but that event will wrap up in the next few weeks, opening the door for carriers and...
FCC adopts new channel sharing rules for broadcasters (3/24/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] The FCC adopted a new Report and Order that expands broadcast stations’ ability to share a single TV channel so viewers can continue to receive their broadcast programming. The FCC’s spectrum auction is due to wrap up soon, and full power and Class A broadcast stations that opted to relinquish their...
Sprint/T-Mobile merger: Job effect would extend beyond head count (3/24/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] As the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction approaches a close, rumors continue to swirl around a potential merger between Sprint Corp.and its magenta rival. If regulators approve a Sprint/T-Mobile U.S. Inc. merger, the resulting “efficiencies” almost certainly would result in staffing cuts. Although it’s difficult to say how many jobs...
USA – Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband And Digital Media – Statistics And Analyses (3/24/2017) - [Source: openPR / MarketResearchReports.biz] …A major development in early 2017 was the complex reserve auction for spectrum in the 600MHz band, which raised more than $19 billion. Although network operators must wait for spectrum allocations to be concluded, the additional 70MHz made available will go far to supporting mobile broadband in rural areas, and improving...
Nokia completes first 600-MHz LTE call (3/23/2017) - [Source: telecomasia.net] …US regulator FCC is concluding a year-long auction process for 600-MHz spectrum. The frequency band is expected to be utilized first in rural deployments due to its longer range. “We’ve been anticipating the end of the 600MHz auction, and we haven’t waited. Nokia has been doing the necessary development, testing and software creation...
Will T-Mobile And Sprint Finally Tie The Knot This Year? (3/23/2017) - [Source: Fast Company] …The FCC is currently engaged in a spectrum auction, and during that time no bidding company can hold formal merger discussions. But after the auction is over and the prohibition lifted, M&A talks are likely to begin in earnest, industry experts tell Fast Company. “In wireless, consolidation is already so widely expected...
Wedding Bells Likely For T-Mo And Sprint (3/23/2017) - [Source: TWICE] UBS analyst John Hodulik sees the writing on the wall: A laissez faire administration; an eager Sprint owner in SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son; T-Mobile’s thirst for high-band spectrum; and a combined critical mass that would make for a strong No. 3 carrier. It all adds up to a mobile marriage once the FCC’s current 600 MHz spectrum auction closes, he...
Nokia Completes 600MHz Test (3/23/2017) - [Source: Next Generation Communications] …The company said that winners of the 600MHz auction are likely to use the spectrum to augment capacity on their networks, extend their LTE footprints, and improve the data speeds they can support. Nokia added that cellular service providers will likely leverage 600MHz first in rural areas. “Low-band 600MHz spectrum is...
T-Mobile Urges FCC Not To Delay Post-Auction Transition (3/23/2017) - [Source: Law360] …T-Mobile encouraged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to refuse broadcaster requests to delay the transition of stations to new channels after the broadcast incentive auction, arguing that there is no justification for extending or delaying the process. T-Mobile USA Inc. argued during its meeting with several FCC officials that the commission should...
NAB Statement on FCC Approval of Channel Sharing Order (3/23/2017) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] In response to the FCC approving a report and order allowing for channel sharing by stations outside the broadcast television spectrum auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “NAB commends the Commission for providing additional flexibility to channel sharing broadcasters following...
FCC Extends Channel-Sharing (3/23/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission today unanimously voted to let LPTVs and translators share a channel with full-power and Class A licensees, providing them with more options to stay on the air once the musical-channels repack process begins. The vote also affirmed established carriage rights within these arrangements. “This new flexibility will further...
FCC Doesn’t Expand Must-Carry In Channel-Sharing Order (3/23/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC voted unanimously Friday to allow TV stations more flexibility to share channels after the broadcast incentive auction, but, in a victory for cable operators, with a change to the original draft to insure no new carriage obligations are put on MVPDS and no opportunity is given for LPTV’s without must-carry...
FCC OK’s TV Channel Sharing Outside Incentive Auction (3/23/2017) - [Source: Radio+Television Business Report] The FCC on Thursday (3/23) unanimously approved a Report and Order that would authorize channel sharing outside the context of the incentive auction. The vote, which saw Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn approve and concur in part, permits stations with auction-related channel sharing agreements to continue to operate if their auction-related agreements expire...
FCC Expands Channel Sharing Opportunities for Broadcasters (3/23/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order that expands broadcast stations’ ability to share a single TV channel so viewers can continue to receive their broadcast programming. The ability to channel-share is an important component of the FCC’s incentive auction, mandated by Congress in 2012, which provides a voluntary opportunity...
Dielectric Lands $3.9 Million Antenna Order (3/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] In preparation for the upcoming spectrum repack, American Tower orders TFU-WB broadband, side-mount antennas plus transmission line to support its broadcast customers as they relocate UHF stations to new channel assignments. Dielectric, the provider of antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, said today that American Tower Corp.,...
Analysts: Sprint-T-Mobile Merger May Start A Chain Reaction (3/23/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] The FCC’s 600 megahertz spectrum auction is ending just as the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking office, and analysts think that this state of affairs may be conducive to a commonly rumored merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, which could start a huge chain reaction in the industries regulated by the...
Analysts Expect “Unprecedented Spectrum Deals” Soon (3/23/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] The Incentive Auction, where the FCC is auctioning off 600MHz spectrum to many carriers and even cable companies, is expected to conclude late next month. And after it concludes, analysts are expecting to see some “unprecedented spectrum deals”. This is due to the fact that spectrum is going to be even more...
Analyst: ‘We continue to believe a (Sprint/T-Mobile merger) is likely’ (3/23/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] A number of things are falling into place, making a Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. merger even more likely, FierceWireless reports. In the coming weeks, the Federal Communications Commission will wrap up its 600 MHz spectrum auction, which opens the doors for serious merger discussions. (The FCC’s anti-collusion rules...
Multimedia Wars: To The Victors, Go The Investment Spoils (3/23/2017) - [Source: Investing Daily] …Ari Charney, chief investment strategist of Utility Forecaster, asserts that a tsunami of consolidation is gathering force: “Brace yourself: In just two weeks, the cable, media, and telecom landscape could change forever. On March 30, the quiet period for participants in the government’s latest spectrum auction will end, and that’s when a...
Changing Broadcast Environment Triggers Signal Monitoring and Analysis Challenges (3/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …In the United States, more than 1,000 full-power and Class-A television stations will be changing channel assignments thanks to a government initiative to clear the 600MHz band for use by wireless carriers. On a parallel track, many U.S. broadcasters will begin deploying ATSC 3.0, an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) TV transmission, as...
Nokia throws LTE hardware support behind 600 MHz spectrum band (3/23/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Nokia said it has completed prestandard testing of commercial hardware compatible with the 600 MHz spectrum band, which is set to be unleashed by the Federal Communications Commission. …Ricky Corker, head of North America for Nokia, said: “We’ve been anticipating the end of the 600 MHz auction, and we haven’t waited,”...
RF Vendors Tackle Repack, Next-Gen Details (3/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] It should be no surprise that the discussions at the 2017 NAB Show between TV broadcasters and RF vendors will focus on the TV spectrum repack and the ATSC 3.0 next-gen TV standard. After all, broadcasters leaving their current slice of the TV band have received their confidential letters from the FCC informing...
Transmitters, Antennas & More: RF Products Guide (3/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …GatesAir’s Maxiva ULXTE — The Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled transmitter is optimized for channel changes driven by the spectrum repack with power amplifiers that increase peak power capacity for all ATSC and OFDM waveforms. High-efficiency power amplifiers and market-leading power density provide equal power levels for ATSC 1.0 and 3.0, and reduce costs and...
Former FCC Chairman Wheeler has a ‘huge smile’ for 600 MHz incentive auction results (3/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The former chief of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, described the agency’s 600 MHz incentive auction as a successful event that should generate a “huge smile” for administrators. “We were charged with creating a marketplace and that marketplace successfully performed to produce the second largest amount of spectrum ever auctioned; and to...
T-Mobile Is Merger Top Dog, While Verizon, AT&T Estimates Cut (3/22/2017) - [Source: Investor’s Business Daily] …Merger talks among telecom firms have been on hold pending the end of a government auction of radio spectrum owned by local TV stations. The auction is expected to end in April. “With M&A (mergers) coming into focus as the auction quiet period ends, we believe T-Mobile is in the driver’s...
T-Mobile/Sprint deal could be the first attempted M&A domino to fall, UBS says (3/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The U.S. wireless industry has seen an unexpected war over unlimited data plans and an accelerated race to 5G in recent months. Meanwhile, the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum has straightjacketed any significant mergers and acquisitions due to its anti-collusion rules, which prevent the discussion of deals by...
‘Spectrum reuse’ may become key to increasing capacity (3/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The end of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves in the next few weeks could lead to “an unprecedented wave of spectrum dealmaking,” MoffettNathanson analysts wrote this morning. But the emergence of new technologies and network architectures has cast some doubt over just how valuable spectrum has become. The...
WhiteSpace Alliance predicts US will move on TV (3/21/2017) - [Source: Critical Comms] The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) said that completion of the recent FCC spectrum incentive auction will make the United States a prime market for TV white space deployments. “The completion of the incentive auction will remove regulatory uncertainty and free up more than 80 MHz of spectrum for licence-exempt wireless internet access,” said...
Spectrum auction end will commence another in M&A (3/21/2017) - [Source: Investopedia] …The end of one auction will kick off another – in dealmaking. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum sale is finishing soon, lifting the quiet period imposed on wireless firms like T-Mobile US. Combine the growing confidence of easing regulation with the rapid convergence of media, and the conditions are right for more...
Broadcasters Ask FCC To Rethink Post-Auction Transition (3/21/2017) - [Source: Law360] …The National Association of Broadcasters has asked the Federal Communications Commission to revisit its transition plan for stations after the broadcast incentive auction concludes, to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible for broadcasters and for consumers. The FCC should grant “reasonable” requests for extensions of time to comply with the...
NAB Show Marks ATSC 3.0’s Debut (3/21/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …There are still some issues yet to be resolved (primarily how the repack will affect the rollout and how ATSC 3.0 will be handled by MVPDs); however the standard is pretty much complete, and this year’s spring NAB Show will mark its coming-out party. We’re only in March and already 2017 is...
NJ Windfall from Sale of Public Airwaves Likely Smaller Than Projected (3/21/2017) - [Source: NJ Spotlight] More than a year after state officials decided to put New Jersey’s publicly owned airwaves into a nationwide auction of broadcast spectrum that’s being led by the federal government, hopes that the state could generate a multibillion-dollar windfall appear to be fading. A complicated and lengthy federal-auction process is finally winding down,...
Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC (3/20/2017) - [Source: Law360] …Telecommunications companies, advocates and trade groups have continued to push their agenda at the Federal Communications Commission over the last month, with the universal service fund, post-broadcast incentive auction transition and video relay service reform topping the list of concerns for the most vocal lobbyists. The FCC received just under 230 ex parte...
NAB Show Reimagines Future (3/20/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …This year’s NAB certainly looks different, particularly when one considers what the broadcast spectrum auction means for the industry. Seen as equally intriguing and vexing, depending on who you ask, the first step in the complicated dance known as the broadcast spectrum auction was completed in January. Heading into NAB for the...
NAB To FCC: Reconsider Your Repack Plan For TV Stations (3/20/2017) - [Source: Leadership] The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has petitioned the FCC to reconsider what the association describes as “flawed” framework and timeline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction. NAB in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP stated that doing so will hurt broadcasters as well as their viewers. The auction is ending...
NAB Slams FCC Repack Plan, Seeks Changes (3/19/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters has petitioned the FCC reconsider its “flawed” framework and timeline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction, saying not to do so will hurt broadcasters and their viewers. The auction is ending at the end of March and a final “Closing and Channel Reassignment Public...
NAB Wants Changes To Post-Repack Plan (3/17/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] It tells the FCC that some details of the plan to move stations to their new channels “have exacerbated challenges inherent in the repack, putting viewers at risk and potentially causing unnecessary harm to broadcasters. Many of these decisions are simply irreversible at this point. Nevertheless, the commission still has an opportunity to...
Sprint/T-Mobile merger: Will Masa Son be the winning bidder? (3/17/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] …Of course, T-Mobile and Sprint can’t talk until the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction comes to a close, which Piecyk expects will happen in late April. “It’ll be really interesting to see what happens here come April,” Zino added. “Things will probably heat up fairly quickly.” <br /> </aside> <p><!–TOUT...
Brave New Whirled (3/17/2017) - [Source: Investing Daily] Brace yourself: In just two weeks, the cable, media, and telecom landscape could change forever. On March 30, the quiet period for participants in the government’s latest spectrum auction will end, and that’s when a flurry of dealmaking could begin. Aside from the usual empire-building, intense competition and sweeping technological changes will...
GatesAir Optimizes Next-Generation Transmitter Portfolio for Spectrum Repack at 2017 NAB Show (3/16/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Beat] GatesAir is strengthening its leadership and innovation in wireless, over-the-air content delivery with a new high-efficiency UHF transmitter range to help broadcasters leverage the new business opportunities promised through the Spectrum Repack and the ATSC 3.0 DTV standard. The new Maxiva™ ULXTE liquid transmitter joins the recently-announced UAXTE air-cooled transmitter to give...
Entravision Buys Las Vegas Indie For $3.7M (3/16/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The Spanish-language broadcaster already owns KINC Las Vegas, but its FCC filing says the deal is exempt from the FCC’s prohibition against owning two stations in a market. Entravision, the Spanish-language TV and radio broadcaster that made $264 million selling stations in the FCC incentive auction, is spending $3.75 million to buy independent...
Free Press Action Fund Unveils Proposal to Use Airwaves-Auction Windfall to Strengthen New Jersey (3/15/2017) - [Source: Free Press] TRENTON — Free Press Action Fund on Wednesday called on the New Jersey legislature to use money from the auction of the state’s public-TV stations to create a New Jersey Civic Information Consortium, a joint initiative with four of the state’s leading universities to invest in community-information needs. The proposal for the...
Why 2017 Will Be A Huge Year For Telecom And Media Mergers (3/15/2017) - [Source: Fast Company] …The FCC is currently engaged in a wireless spectrum auction, and will be for the next few weeks. During that time, no company that’s bidding on spectrum can hold formal discussions with potential merger partners. But after the auction is over and the prohibition lifted, M&A talks are likely to begin in...
Nexstar Media, Sinclair form spectrum consortium (3/15/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Nexstar Media and Sinclair Broadcast Group are setting up a spectrum consortium ahead of the finalization of ATSC 3.0 next-generation TV transmission standards. The consortium will promote spectrum aggregation, innovation and monetization and enhance the companies’ abilities to compete in the wireless data transmission sector, according to a news release. Nexstar...
Nexstar, Sinclair Set Up Spectrum Consortium (3/15/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Perry A. Sook, Nexstar chairman, president and CEO, said: “We are delighted to join forces with Sinclair who has led the industry in advancing the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard and its adoption… With the near-term conclusion of the FCC incentive auction, Nexstar and Sinclair are leading the industry in ensuring that we bring our...
Nexstar Media Group and Sinclair Broadcast Group Establish Consortium to Promote Broadcast Spectrum Aggregation, Innovation and Monetization (3/15/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Business Wire] …Perry A. Sook, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. commented, “…With the near-term conclusion of the FCC Incentive Auction, Nexstar and Sinclair are leading the industry in ensuring that we bring our respective shareholders appropriate value from increasingly scarce and in-demand spectrum. In addition,...
Dielectric Welcomes FCC Release of ATSC 3.0 NPRM (3/15/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …“The timing of this NPRM could not be better as stations receive their new channel assignments and start planning for the TV spectrum repack,” said Keith Pelletier, vice president and general manager of Dielectric. “The repack is without question the greatest disruption for broadcasters in many years, yet the beginning of exciting new opportunities that...
More Radio Stations May Be Affected by Repack, CPB Says (3/14/2017) - [Source: Radio World] The March 6 followup to “Potential Impacts To Public Radio Transmission Facilities From TV Band Repacking” says 191 CPB-eligible radio stations may be affected because these stations share transmission towers with one or more TV stations; and 53 of these stations share a tower with one or more TV stations currently operating...
Broadcast TV Spectrum Repacking: The Devil Is In The Details (3/13/2017) - [Source: HDTV Magazine] The FCC has concluded its spectrum auction, and although the winning bids generated only about ¼ of what was expected, plenty of TV stations will be moving to new channels. But there’s a catch. And you probably won’t be happy when you hear about it. Currently, the majority of TV stations broadcast...
FCC: TVs Could Use NAB Convention To Help Coordinate Repack (3/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] An FCC official said Monday (March 14) that the post-auction transition clock–90 days to file construction permits, a total of 39 months for the transition–will begin with the release of the auction closing and reassignment public notice in mid-April. That mid-April time frame is based on the auction closing on March...
FCC: TVs Could Use NAB Convention To Help Coordinate Repack (3/13/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] An FCC official said Monday (March 14) that the post-auction transition clock–90 days to file construction permits, a total of 39 months for the transition–will begin with the release of the auction closing and reassignment public notice in mid-April. That mid-April time frame is based on the auction closing on March 30...
FCC: O’Rielly Finds New FAA Tower Safety Rules Too Broad (3/13/2017) - [Source: Radio World] FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly… estimates that this could cost communications companies thousands of dollars per tower to come into compliance. In addition, the cost could impede development of 5G wireless services, the incentive spectrum auction and implementation of ATSC 3.0, especially in the rural areas where this provision would have the most...
Dish raises $1B as it looks to build NB-IoT network by 2020 (3/13/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Dish is currently involved in the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings, which depending on the outcome will see the company potentially add to its already established haul of spectrum resources. Dish has said it currently holds approximately 75 megahertz of nationwide spectrum – which it has yet to...
Authorizing Permissive Use of the “Next Generation” Broadcast Television Standard (3/10/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …Other industry stakeholders… offer support for broadcaster innovation, but ask the Commission to ensure that… the deployment of ATSC 3.0-based stations does not have any impact on the broadcast television incentive auction, the post-auction repacking process, or the post-repacking 600 MHz frequency environment; and that broadcasters continue to meet their public interest...
Dish’s 5G Plans Should Rouse Cablecos (3/10/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …However, [Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications] will logically look for ways to limit the amount of time their customers spend on Verizon’s infrastructure in order to minimize their costs. One of the ways to do that would be to acquire access to additional spectrum, either through purchase (per Comcast’s participation in the recent...
New Tower Marking Provision Could Use Tweaks (3/10/2017) - [Source: FCC Blog] …By raising the siting costs with new marking mandates, it is harder for companies to justify the investments and any current or future deployments… Further, it could hinder the incentive auction television station repack and the implementation of ATSC 3.0, which is a broadcasting standard designed to provide greater service options.  Like...
Dish to raise $1B more as it prepares to enter wireless fray (3/10/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Dish is a bidder in the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz, which is expected to wrap up in the next few weeks. The company said in an FCC filing earlier this week that it plans to launch a narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network to meet the FCC’s buildout requirements for the...
Sinclair begins launch of millennial-targeted network TBD (3/9/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …The reported deal activity for Sinclair comes as the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions are wrapping up and TV station ownership rules are expected to be revised, both of which will likely kickstart a new wave of broadcast consolidation. Following a relatively strong quarter that didn’t quite live up to analysts’ expectations, Sinclair...
NJBA Presses Commissioners on Pirate Problems (3/9/2017) - [Source: Radio World] …Additionally, the NJBA president [Paul Rotella] asserted that part of the TV spectrum auction and repack should include compensation for FM stations disrupted by the TV infrastructure “We were told this would be addressed ‘later,’” Rotella wrote. “Well, it’s later, and FM broadcasters need to be protected.”
T-Mobile CFO: Closing remaining LTE coverage gap is big priority (3/9/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The 600 MHz opportunities [for T-Mobile] will become clearer when the dust settles on the incentive auction. “We do think there will be carriers able to deploy 600 this year” and start seeding the market with handsets to leverage the new spectrum bands as they come on, [CFO Braxton Carter] said....
WSA: Spectrum Auction Could Affect TV White Space (3/8/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The completion of the FCC’s spectrum auction could prove to be a boom for TV white space deployments in the U.S., per the WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA). White space technology use available TV band spectrum to deliver fixed wireless broadband services at distances up to 30 km, which makes it useful for rural...
Broadcast ‘spectrum auction’ ends with Wyo PBS in favorable position (3/8/2017) - [Source: The Ranger] “This is a major boon for us,” Wyoming PBS general manager Terry Dugas said in a memo to the Central Wyoming College Board of Trustees. None of the Wyoming Public Broadcasting Service’s three full-power transmitters was affected by a voluntary spectrum incentive auction recently completed by the Federal Communications Commission. “This is...
FCC: No Consumer Should Be Harmed in TV Repack (3/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), ranking member of the Senate Communications Subcommittee, thanked the FCC commissioners for overseeing a first of its kind, “successful” broadcast incentive auction, but had some worries about what comes next. Schatz said Wednesday that while everyone wants faster internet and better coverage, he had concerns that “consumers...
Pai Declines To Discuss Trump Meetings (3/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Under questioning from Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), all three [sitting FCC commissioners] more or less said they would support legislation that would prohibit the FCC from forcing stations off the air because they failed to meet the current 39-month deadline for making the move to new channels in the post-auction repack. Clyburn said she...
MWC 2017: The best, the worst and what’s next (3/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …The rest of the year in wireless could be particularly eventful, however, especially in the U.S. The FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz will wrap up in the coming weeks, and analysts expect to see a significant increase in M&A activity once the agency’s anti-collusion period ends, capping the event. Speculation...
Is Verizon’s Unlimited Plan Good or Bad for Investors? (3/8/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ] …Verizon holds the least amount of spectrum airwaves of the four major U.S. wireless providers. That’s unlikely to change even after the recent incentive spectrum auction. In order to maintain its network advantage, Verizon plans to spend a lot of money densifying its network to improve performance in high-population areas. Analyst Craig Moffett...
Dish to build NB-IoT network to meet FCC’s deadline (3/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …As Dish exits the quiet period of the FCC ongoing spectrum auction, which has prevented strategic discussions for 14 months, it could partner with an existing operator, tower company, cable operator or technology company to further reduce those initial buildout costs.” Indeed, Piecyk said Dish’s spectrum might be best used as...
FCC Schedules Repacking Seminar (3/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announced the agenda for an upcoming public workshop on post-auction transition procedures. The workshop will be held on Monday (March 13) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will also be live-streamed at www.fcc.gov/live and questions can be emailed to IAtransition@fcc.gov. On...
WhiteSpace Alliance Predicts United States will Rapidly Move Forward with TV White Space Deployments (3/8/2017) - [Source: IT Business Net] The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA) ®, a global industry organization enabling sharing of underutilized spectrum, says that completion of the recent FCC spectrum incentive auction will make the United States a prime market for TV white space deployments. “The completion of the incentive auction will remove regulatory uncertainty and free up more...
Broadcasters Ask FCC To Make Post-Auction Deadline Flexible (3/7/2017) - [Source: Law360] The National Association of Broadcasters has urged the Federal Communications Commission to make its timeline for repacking broadcasters after the incentive auction flexible, saying viewers could be at risk of losing service. The auction began last March and involves TV broadcasters voluntarily relinquishing their spectrum licenses in exchange for payments generated from the...
Ball State retains broadcast rights for WIPB (3/7/2017) - [Source: Ball State University] Ball State University will retain operation of its public broadcasting station, WIPB, university officials announced Monday, Feb. 13. Since fall of 2015, the university had been a participant in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) voluntary spectrum auction, which was conducted nationally in an effort to acquire broadcast capabilities for mobile providers....
FCC Sets Agenda For Post-Auction Workshop (3/7/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The March 13 session at the FCC’s Washington headquarters will offer an overview of the incentive auction; reviews of the procedures for broadcast stations filing applications for construction permits during the 39-month transition period; procedures for submitting bank account information to ensure payment of reverse auction winnings and reimbursement of eligible expenses; plus...
IATF & MB Workshop on Post-Auction (3/7/2017) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] The Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau announce the agenda for the upcoming public workshop on post-auction transition procedures. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Agenda topics are: Overview and incentive auction status update; Step-by-step review of the procedures...
FCC Releases Details on Channel Sharing Permitted Outside of the Incentive Auction (3/7/2017) - [Source: Lexology] …When the FCC adopted rules for the broadcast incentive auction it wanted to incentivize participation from broadcasters in the auction. In furtherance of that goal, it permitted both primary broadcast television licensees (full power and Class A TV stations) and secondary broadcast licensees (low power television and TV translator stations) to share a...
Late Spring For Transactions Bloom? (3/6/2017) - [Source: Radio+Television Business Report] It’s already the first full week of March, and brokers across the U.S. are feverishly awaiting an anticipated flood of deals from both TV companies who have been salivating at the finality of the FCC’s incentive auction and radio companies who believe a new administration will loosen ownership rules. But, like...
Agenda for the Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Workshop on Post-Auction Transition Procedures (3/6/2017) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] The workshop will be held on Monday, March 13, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Agenda topics are:  Overview and incentive auction status update;  Step-by-step review of the procedures for broadcast stations filing applications for construction permits during the 39-month transition period;  Review of procedures for submitting...
Report: Sprint “betting big on Trump,” could merge with T-Mobile or Comcast (3/6/2017) - [Source: Ars Technica] …T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere was asked about the potential for wireless industry consolidation in an earnings call last month. Legere said there are no ongoing merger talks because “we’re in an anti-collusion period during the low-band spectrum auction,” but said that T-Mobile will have numerous options after that quiet period ends. “I...
Dielectric To Exhibit TFU-WB UHF Antenna (3/6/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Film & Video] At the 2017 NAB Show, Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, will exhibit its innovative, now-shipping TFU-WB UHF antenna to simplify transitions associated with the Spectrum Repack – along with a message for broadcasters that accentuates why now is the time to...
Microsoft commits to further U.S. investments in TVWS this year (3/6/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Dave Heiner, VP, regulatory affairs at Microsoft… said Microsoft is enthused about extra bandwidth that emerged in the 600 MHz band as a result of the incentive auction and about the FCC’s Spectrum Frontiers proceeding, emphasizing the importance of predictability for planning purposes. “It’s been a little bit of a challenge...
WPBO in Ohio goes for $8.8M in spectrum auction (3/6/2017) - [Source: Current] Ohio State University has sold its TV channel WPBO for $8.8 million in the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. WPBO in Portsmouth serves southern Ohio and a western portion of West Virginia. It overlaps with WOUB in Athens, Ohio; WCET, Cincinnati; WKAS, Ashland, Ky.; and WVPB in Huntington, W.Va. The station also overlaps with...
Pai to Lay Out Plans for FCC on Wednesday (3/5/2017) - [Source: The Street] New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will get a chance to clue in lawmakers about his plans for net neutrality, wrapping up the broadcast spectrum auction and rewriting media ownership rules when he and fellow FCC members appear before panels on both sides of Capitol Hill Wednesday, March 8. Both the Senate Commerce...
World’s top tech investor is betting big on Trump (3/3/2017) - [Source: The Daily Gazette] …The discussions were purposely broad in nature, according to investment bankers who were briefed on the discussions. Until the latest government-sponsored auction for spectrum bands finishes in late April, wireless companies are prohibited, owing to concerns about collusion, from pursuing various tie-ups. A Sprint hookup with T-Mobile U.S., Comcast, or any...
ATSC 3.0 and the Perennial Transition (3/3/2017) - [Source: JDSupra] …Transmitters being built today are 3.0 ready, and many hundreds (perhaps more than a thousand) of these transmitters will be installed as a necessary part of the post-incentive auction repacking process.  Broadcasters are already discussing how to provide ATSC 1.0 simulcasts in many markets so that some stations can begin transmitting in 3.0. ...
Ohio State sells broadcast license for WPBO (3/3/2017) - [Source: Columbus Dispatch] Sometime in the next year, WPBO-TV, Channel 43 in Portsmouth, which broadcasts WOSU-TV’s signal in southern Ohio, will cease to exist. At some point, it could mean better wireless broadband access for the same area. Ohio State University announced today that it has sold the broadcast license for $8.8 million, which it...
WTVP-TV gets new channel assignment; will go from 47 to 35 (3/3/2017) - [Source: Peoria Journal Star] WTVP-TV Channel 47, Peoria’s public TV outlet, is getting a new spot on the dial. Following a yearlong auction held by the Federal Communications Commission to repack the digital spectrum, WTVP will move to digital channel 35, said station president Moss Bresnahan.The transition could take from two to two-and-a-half years but...
Ohio State sells Portsmouth-area TV station to FCC – raising $8.8M for WOSU (3/3/2017) - [Source: Columbus Business Journal] Ohio State University is selling broadcast rights to a Portsmouth television station that repeats WOSU-TV’s signal in southern Ohio for $8.8 million to the Federal Communications Commission. The deal was part of a nationwide effort to switch over a chunk of the broadcast spectrum to improve wireless internet access. The majority...
Analysts Believe AT&T Spent $2.4B On the FCC’s Incentive Auction (3/3/2017) - [Source: Android Headlines] The Incentive Auction has concluded, however the results are still being tallied and the FCC has not yet stated who spent what, who got what and so forth in the auction. But analysts have done some calculations and believe that AT&T spent around $2.4 billion on this auction. Now of course, this...
The Ohio State University announces sale of WPBO-TV (Portsmouth) broadcast license in FCC auction (3/3/2017) - [Source: WOSU Public Media] …The Ohio State University today announced the sale of the WPBO-TV (Portsmouth, Ohio) broadcast license following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) landmark broadcast spectrum auction. The sale will assist the FCC in freeing up more spectrum for wireless broadband use in Southern Ohio and will generate $8.8 million for WOSU Public...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction set for assignment phase, end nears (3/3/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Winning bidders that picked up spectrum licenses in the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction process are now set to find out exactly where those licenses will be in the spectrum band. The FCC said it would begin the assignment phase of the auction’s forward bidding process on March 6,...
FCC Kicks Off Final Leg of Spectrum Auction March 6 (3/3/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The last leg of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction begins March 6 with the launch of the assignment phase auction. That is where the winning bidders of spectrum blocks in the forward auction can bid on specific frequencies. The clock phase forward auction was for generic blocks of 10 MHz—5 for uplink,...
NYT: Japanese Billionaire’s SoftBank Bets on the Trump Economy (3/3/2017) - [Source: NewsMax] …”Until the latest government-sponsored auction for spectrum bands finishes in late April, wireless companies are prohibited, owing to concerns about collusion, from pursuing various tie-ups,” the Times reported. Son late year promised President Donald Trump that he would create 50,000 new jobs in the United States through a $100 billion technology fund. “Be...
Masayoshi Son, Sprint and a Bet on the Trump Economy (3/3/2017) - [Source: New York Times] …Until the latest government-sponsored auction for spectrum bands finishes in late April, wireless companies are prohibited, owing to concerns about collusion, from pursuing various tie-ups. A Sprint hookup with T-Mobile U.S., Comcast, or any large wireless or cable operator is no slam dunk. For years, federal regulators have opposed such transactions...
FCC Announces Tentative Agenda For March 2017 Open Meeting (3/2/2017) - [Source: Benton Foundation / FCC] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the following items are tentatively on the agenda for the March Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017… [including] Channel Sharing by Stations Outside the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Context – The Commission will consider a Report and Order...
Jeffery Liberman Upped To President/COO As Entravision Revenues, Profit Rise In Fourth Quarter (3/2/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] …the company announced that it expects to reap $264 million from selling off some of its TV stations in the spectrum incentive auction, will pay a quarterly cash dividend of $0.03125 per share of the Company’s Class A, Class B and Class U common stock (payable MARCH 31st to shareholders...
Entravision: Rev Up, Gets $264M In Auction (3/2/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The fourth quarter TV revenue grew 9% to $43.4 million, boosted by political ad dollars. On Thursday, Entravision Communications Corp. announced that it made $264 million in the FCC’s spectrum auction. The news was included in its fourth quarter earnings report that included television segment revenue of $43.4 million, up 9% from $39.8 million...
Entravision Communications Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2016 Results (3/2/2017) - [Source: Blackbird Sat PR News] …The Federal Communication Commission recently completed the reverse auction for broadcast spectrum which resulted in anticipated proceeds of approximately $264 million for the Company. The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by the Company during the auction to modify and/or relinquish spectrum usage rights...
LaPlatney Touts Broadcast Repack Bill (3/2/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Raycom Media CEO Pat LaPlatney today endorsed proposed legislation that would provide additional reimbursement funds for stations forced to move in the repack if the FCC deems them necessary and it would prohibit the FCC from shutting down stations that can’t move to their new channels within 39 months. Also, he says, by eliminating some...
Telecom Leaders Weigh In On FCC’s $19.6B Spectrum Auction (3/2/2017) - [Source: Law360] Telecom industry players at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Thursday voiced optimism and concern over the Federal Communications Commission’s recent wireless spectrum auction that raked in more than $19.6 billion and set aside 84 MHz of spectrum for broadband use. At the hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the...
Pai Plans Vote to Authorize Channel Sharing Outside Auction (3/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC chairman Ajit Pai has scheduled a vote on a report and order allowing broadcasters to strike channel-sharing agreements outside of the incentive auction. The FCC allowed broadcasters to share channels as a way to free up spectrum in the incentive auction and has been asked to allow stations to temporarily share...
Channel Sharing by Stations Outside the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Context (3/2/2017) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] Background: To encourage participation in the first-ever broadcast incentive auction, the FCC adopted rules permitting primary broadcast television licensees (full power and Class A TV stations) to share a single TV channel, giving potential bidders an option to sell their spectrum to the Commission while staying on the air. In 2015,...
Smaller Market LPTVs Optimistic Post-Auction (3/2/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] At this time last year, the spectrum auction was on the horizon—and so was a great deal of uncertainty for LPTV stations. An official clearing target for the auction had not yet been set. There was talk of an 84 MHz clearing target with TV channels 38 and above being auctioned to...
NAB: Repack Time, Money Insufficient (3/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] A broadcaster witness representing the National Association of Broadcasters told a Senate panel Thursday (March 2) that broadcasters still don’t think that the 39-month timetable for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction, and the $1.75 billion relocation fund, will be sufficient. That came at a spectrum hearing in the Senate...
March 8 FCC Hearing in House Postponed (3/2/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …The hearing was scheduled to deal with budget issues, spectrum auctions, and FCC process, among other things. Subcommittee chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has said that her priorities are reauthorization of both the National Telecommunications & Information Administration and the FCC. Her first oversight hearing was on NTIA. “I’m looking forward to having...
NATE Unite 2017 (3/2/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …The broadcast repack is the industry term for the upcoming relocation of TV broadcasters into new spectrum bands. Several TV stations are in the process of selling spectrum to wireless carriers through the federal government’s 600 MHz spectrum auction. In order to stay on the air after the auction ends, many...
Testimony of Pat LaPlatney at Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Spectrum (3/2/2017) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] …I want to highlight one issue currently before Congress that does pose challenges to viewers’ ability to enjoy the benefits of Next Gen TV – successful completion of the broadcast incentive auction. As the auction winds its way to completion, one thing is certain: the broadcast industry will end up...
As spectrum auction winds down, some public TV stations must plan moves to new channels (3/2/2017) - [Source: Current] Public broadcasters who learned that their TV stations will be moving to new channels during the “repack” phase of the FCC’s spectrum auction are questioning how to manage the costs of the engineering projects, which must be completed no later than the middle of 2020. The FCC has committed $1.75 billion of the...
FCC’s March 8 Hearing in House Postponed (3/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The House Communications Subcommittee is postponing its planned March 8 FCC reauthorization hearing at which all the commissioners had been expected to testify, according to a copy of an email to Hill staffers alerting them to the change Wednesday obtained by B&C. The hearing was scheduled to deal with budget issues,...
Station Zombies Afoot In Post-Auction World (3/2/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] With the FCC’s incentive auction slated to close once and for all on March 30, broadcasters are trying to adapt to the new post-auction environment — and make some money in the process. Some who sold spectrum, but still have their broadcast licenses — so-called zombie stations — are looking to sell off...
Deutsche Telekom CEO says keen on U.S. mobile consolidation (3/2/2017) - [Source: 4-Traders] …Sources told Reuters last month that Japan’s SoftBank was prepared to cede control of U.S. number-four mobile carrier Sprint to enable a Sprint-T-Mobile merger, although it had not yet approached T-Mobile. No merger talks are currently allowed between rival bidders in a U.S. airwave spectrum auction, which should end next month.
Gray ‘Optimistic’ Despite Slow First Quarter (3/1/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Gray announced on Feb. 8 that it would be getting $90.8 million from the sale of spectrum in the FCC incentive auction. Latek said Gray will use the money to pay for the two stations it is purchasing from Diversified Communications for $85 million. That makes the acquisition “essentially leverage neutral,” he said....
Dish Network’s Subscriber Numbers Boosted By Sling TV, But Will ARPU See Pressure (3/1/2017) - [Source: Trefis] …[Dish Network] also participated as a bidder in the FCC’s incentive auction during the year, though management was not able to elaborate on its bidding status on the earnings call. Management also stated that the company’s options are still open in terms of how it will use its current spectrum holdings. Dish’s Pay-TV business witnessed...
ATSC 3.0 on Docket for Senate Spectrum Hearing (3/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The broadcast incentive auction, which wraps up March 30 with broadcasters giving up 84 MHz for about $10 billion and wireless operators offering up about $19.6 billion, plus whatever is added through the follow-on assignment phase auction. The memo points out that over the past 24 years, “the FCC has conducted...
Streamlined Tribune Media Co. Posts Q4 Gains On Political Ads, Carriage Fees (3/1/2017) - [Source: Forbes] A more refined, more TV-centric Tribune Media Co. swung into the black in the fourth quarter, posting a revenue gain of 11% thanks to political advertising and higher retransmission and carriage fees… Last month, Tribune said it expects to receive about $190 million in pretax proceeds from the FCC’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast...
ATSC 3.0 On Docket for Senate Spectrum Hearing (3/1/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …The broadcast incentive auction, which wraps up March 30 with broadcasters giving up 84 MHz for about $10 billion and wireless operators offering up about $19.6 billion, plus whatever is added through the follow-on assignment phase auction–the last piece of the puzzle–which ends March 30. The memo points out that over the...
Gray Reports Record Operating Results (3/1/2017) - [Source: ADVFN] …On February 7, 2017, we announced that we anticipate receiving $90.8 million in proceeds from the FCC’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. We do not expect any material change in operations or revenue for us or for any individual market in which we operate. We anticipate that the proceeds will be...
Tribune Media Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Results (3/1/2017) - [Source: ADVFN] …On February 8, 2017, the Company announced that it expects to receive approximately $190 million in pretax proceeds resulting from the FCC’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by the Company or channel share partners of television stations owned or operated by the Company during...
LPTV’s Pitch FCC’s O’Rielly on Repack Challenges, Opportunities (2/28/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Michael Gravino, director of the LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition, was at the FCC last week meeting with Republican commissioner Michael O’Rielly and top staffers to highlight the issues his members have had, are having, and will have, with the spectrum auction and its aftermath. That, according to an ex parte filing...
Morning Tech: Tech watch on Trump’s address to Congress (2/28/2017) - [Source: Politico] …Durbin, FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s chief of staff Matthew Berry, Rep. Greg Walden (via video) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will address the National Association of Broadcasters’ State Leadership Conference this morning… about how the new, Republican-led FCC is tackling issues from net neutrality to the spectrum auction…
Nexstar Q4 revenues rise as company expects $479M from spectrum auction (2/28/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Nexstar Media used the occasion of its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings to reveal how it did in the FCC’s recently concluded broadcast incentive spectrum auctions. The company said that it did not sell any of the Nexstar spectrum that was offered but sales of Media General’s spectrum resulted in $479 million...
Nexstar Media Fourth Quarter Net Revenue Rises 22.8% to a Record $309.9 Million (2/28/2017) - [Source: MarketWatch] …Later in 2017, Nexstar is expected to receive an estimated $479.0 million of gross proceeds from the National Broadband Plan Spectrum Auction related to the disposition of Media General’s spectrum. None of the spectrum Nexstar offered was selected during the auction process because prices available in the auction fell below the value we...
Nexstar 4Q Revenue Up 23% To $310 Million (2/28/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The big driver for a record fourth quarter was political of $60 million, plus a 23% gain in retrans money and $25.7 million in digital revenue. It also says it will get $479 million this year in incentive auction money for Media General spectrum. Nexstar Broadcasting Group today reported record fourth quarter 2016...
Sinclair Reports Higher Fourth-Quarter Profits (2/28/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable]  …Sinclair previously announced that it expect to receive $313 million of gross proceeds from that spectrum auction later this year. “With the spectrum auction coming to an end and the potential for deregulation on the horizon, we expect 2017 to be a pivotal year for Sinclair and the broadcast industry,” said...
How The FCC’s TV Auction Might Affect You (2/27/2017) - [Source: Radio Ink] A new blog by NAB VP of Spectrum Policy Patrick McFadden details how the FCC’s TV spectrum incentive auction points out how some radio stations might be impacted. For example, McFadden says, “many towers that are home to repacked television stations are also home to FM radio stations, which are not being...
NAB Blog Post Warns Of Impact On Radio From TV Channel Repack (2/27/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] The National Association of Broadcasters’ blog has a post TODAY from Associate General Counsel PATRICK MCFADDEN that warns of possible impact on radio for the future from the FCC’s repack of TV channels after the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. In the post, MCFADDEN notes that the NAB had asked the...
NAB to Uncle Sam: Allow FM Reimbursement in TV Repack (2/27/2017) - [Source: Radio World] Radio stations should not have to pay “out of pocket” just to stay in business as a result of the TV auction repack; the U.S. government’s repacking process should allow reimbursement to “bystander” FMs for costs they incur to maintain their service through the transition. So argues an NAB official. The TV...
Lougee: Tegna Nears Deal With Virtual MVPDs (2/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Tegna Media President Dave Lougee says that negotiations with streaming services like Sony PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now are progressing smoothly… He also says Tegna sold no spectrum in the incentive auction. Look for Tegna stations to soon be part of the virtual MVPDs like DirecTV Now and Sony PlayStation Vue, Tegna Media...
FCC Starting Mock Assignment Phase Auction Feb. 28 (2/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC will be holding a mock auction starting Feb. 28 (and going through March 2) for the assignment phase of its broadcast incentive spectrum auction as it prepares to wrap up that auction process. Bidding began May 31, 2016. It held a practice auction Feb. 22. The real assignment phase...
$157 Million To Be Awarded to the San Bernardino Community College District from FCC’s Spectrum Auction (2/27/2017) - [Source: KCVR-TV] San Bernardino Community College District announced today that it expects to receive $157 million as a result of its voluntary participation in the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast incentive auction to free up bandwidth for mobile and wireless providers. The proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of a bid placed by the District – which...
FCC Starting Mock Assignment Phase Auction Feb. 28 (2/27/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC will be holding a mock auction starting Feb. 28 (and going through March 2) for the assignment phase of its broadcast incentive spectrum auction as it prepares to wrap up that auction process. Bidding began May 31, 2016. It held a practice auction Feb. 22. The real assignment phase auction...
SoftBank CEO’s 30-year vision covers ARM, OneWeb, AI – but not Sprint (2/27/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …SoftBank is reportedly willing to give T-Mobile control of Sprint if necessary to achieve a merger… a Reuters report citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter” said SoftBank has yet to approach Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile, about the subject due to the FCC’s anti-collusion restrictions during the ongoing incentive auction of 600...
Public broadcaster KRCB’s shoestring success story tied to CEO Nancy Dobbs (2/25/2017) - [Source: The Press Democrat] …The news came with a big headline earlier this month. KRCB has, in language other than government-speak, hit the jackpot. It has been chosen for a share of the Federal Communications Commission’s $20 billion auction to clear the airwaves for the burgeoning telecommunications industry. Channel 22’s share: a cool $72 million....
Information Concerning the Assignment Phase of the Forward Auction (Auction 1002), Including the Schedule for Practice and Mock Auctions… (2/25/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …In this document, the Incentive Auction Task Force (Task Force) and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) announce information regarding the assignment phase of the forward auction (Auction 1002), including the schedule Start Printed Page 11916for the practice and mock auctions. Specifically, the Task Force and Bureau announce the availability of the assignment phase...
Sprint, T-Mobile may see open door for merger (2/24/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] As the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction nears closure, Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. soon will have an opening for merger talks. Though T-Mobile (Nasdaq: TMUS) and other participants are still in a “quiet period” until the auction ends on March 30, both carriers have hinted at a possible...
FCC Moves Forward With New Broadcast Standard (2/24/2017) - [Source: Telco Transformation] …Chairman Pai anticipates having a final order by the end of 2017, so it will take some months yet. But the NRPM does allow broadcasters to keep ATSC 3.0 requirements in mind during the upcoming post-auction channel “repack.” The NRPM only addresses some elements of the set of technologies associated with the...
Senate to Look at Spectrum Value (2/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Senate Communications Subcommittee will hold its first hearing of the new Congress March 2, and the subject is spectrum, specifically its value to the U.S. economy. That will include looking at the demand for licensed and unlicensed spectrum, as well as the FCC’s spectrum auctions—the broadcast incentive auction is wrapping...
Senate Looks At Spectrum Value (2/24/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …[The March 2nd hearing] will include looking at the demand for licensed and unlicensed spectrum, as well as the FCC’s spectrum auctions–the broadcast incentive auction is wrapping up at the end of March. It’s value to the Treasury is at least $7 billion. The witness list has been set. It comprises Scott Bergmann,...
FCC Greenlights ATSC 3.0 (2/23/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …Today’s vote was just the start, as the NPRM remains open for comment, but it frees up broadcasters to retrofit facilities for 3.0 during the upcoming post-incentive auction channel repack. Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of communications for the National Association of Broadcasters—one of the petitioners—offered the following statement: “NAB commends the...
FCC Proposes Rules For 3.0 Adoption (2/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Jerry Fritz, EVP of One Media… said he was delighted by the action. “The opportunities opened are immense, and we’d like to begin providing these enhanced services to our viewers as quickly as possible. The convergence of Next Gen deployment and the broadcast station repack marks both a practical and strategic relaunch of...
Lima-based Christian Tv Station Gets $7.7 Million In Fcc Auction, To… (2/23/2017) - [Source: Wopular] WTLW TV-44, a Lima-based Christian TV station, will be compensated $7.7 million to change broadcast frequencies as a result of the recent FCC spectrum auction. The FCC was commissioned by Congress to repurpose broadcast spectrum for mobile phone use. The frequency change will be made in about 18 months, with the station still...
The airwaves, not the content sent over them, made a TV station valuable (2/23/2017) - [Source: Granite Geek] …The FCC is buying airwaves from broadcasters around the country and will resell them for improving wireless internet services. In the widely reported announcement, [Bill] Binnie also said he sold WBIN’s television license, a legal requirement for putting a TV station on the air, to an unnamed “major television group” for between...
How Starboard Hopes to Extract Value From Tribune (2/22/2017) - [Source: The Street] …When it comes to Tribune Media, a major spectrum auction and possible relaxation of Federal Communications Commission media ownership rules could be driving factors when it comes to Smith’s campaign. The Chicago owner of cable network WGN America also is a large television broadcaster, with 42 TV stations and a market capitalization...
FCC Plans Post-Auction Procedures Workshop (2/22/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau will host a public workshop to review procedures related to the post-auction broadcast transition on Monday, March 13, 2017. Following the auction, now in the assignment phase, the commission will issue a public notice beginning the 39-month period during which...
Repack Complexities Abound (2/22/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] As I write this, Stage 4 of the reverse auction has ended and it appears likely the UHF broadcast TV band will be reduced to Channels 14–36 (470– 608 MHz). When UHF spectrum was originally opened for broadcasting, it occupied Channels 14–83 (470–890 MHz), with Channel 37 reserved for radio astronomy and...
Why Big Activist Is Targeting Tribune Media (2/22/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Tribune Media also has raised funds via a recent FCC auction. The company said earlier this month that it collected about $190 million from the auction, which allowed TV station owners to sell their broadcast TV spectrum licenses to wireless carriers, with the government acting as a middle man. A number of...
Ergen: Dish is Ready for 5G (2/22/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] …Dish hasn’t been able to work with a partner on the planning phase because of anti-collusion rules connected to the ongoing federal spectrum auction, in which Dish is among the participants. But [Dish Network CEO Charlie] Ergen said those restrictions are expected to be lifted in the next six-to-seven weeks. “It’s all...
Sinclair Predicts 1Q Gains Despite Flat Core (2/22/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …Sinclair announced on Feb. 9 that it anticipated earning $313 million from spectrum sales in the incentive auction. President-CEO Christopher Ripley said three stations were sold (unspecified), and noted that there would be no resulting loss of national footprint coverage or MVPD income. Sinclair is highly optimistic about regime change at the FCC....
Dish Network CEO: Streaming Video Is Starting To Replace Traditional Pay TV (2/22/2017) - [Source: Deadline Hollywood] [Dish CEO Charlie] Ergen declined to say how many people subscribe to Sling. The company also said it can’t discuss what it’s doing in the FCC’s spectrum auction. With its satellite and spectrum holdings, Dish’s name frequently comes up in merger talks — including with wireless companies such as T-Mobile and Sprint. “We’re...
Verizon top candidate for Dish’s spectrum, but timing uncertain (2/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …while Dish is on the clock due to the FCC’s build-out mandates, the company may have more time than it appears there as well. Dish has until March 2020 to build a network using its spectrum to cover 70 percent of the country, and some believe the FCC may extend that...
Sinclair doubles Q4 profits, eyes big 2017 amid deregulation (2/22/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Following a relatively strong quarter that didn’t quite live up to analysts’ expectations, Sinclair is looking ahead to 2017 and anticipating big things with the broadcast incentive auctions over, a new FCC chairman in place and ATSC 3.0 approval in the pipeline. “With the spectrum auction coming to an end and...
Sinclair Reports Higher First-Quarter Profits (2/22/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Sinclair previously announced that it expect to receive $313 million of gross proceeds from that spectrum auction later this year. “With the spectrum auction coming to an end and the potential for deregulation on the horizon, we expect 2017 to be a pivotal year for Sinclair and the broadcast industry,” said...
Sinclair 4Q Media Rev. Rises 33% To $727M (2/22/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Sinclair Broadcast Group today reported that in the three months ended Dec. 31, its media revenues, before barter, increased 33.1% to $726.7 million versus $545.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2015… “With the spectrum auction coming to an end and the potential for deregulation on the horizon, we expect 2017 to be a pivotal year for...
Sinclair Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results (2/22/2017) - [Source: KCTV 5 News] “With the spectrum auction coming to an end and the potential for deregulation on the horizon, we expect 2017 to be a pivotal year for Sinclair and the broadcast industry,” commented David Smith, Executive Chairman.  “Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission is in process of conducting a rulemaking proceeding for the use...
SoftBank stirs up Sprint/T-Mobile speculation (2/21/2017) - [Source: TelecomAsia] …With the new Trump administration seen as more amenable to a deal that would leave three major wireless carriers instead of four than the Obama administration was, many expect SoftBank to take another shot. They might have tried already but there’s a spectrum auction going on that puts a damper on actual merger...
Post-Incentive Auction Procedures Workshop Announced (2/21/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] On Monday, March 13, 2017, the Commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media Bureau will host a public workshop to review procedures related to the post-auction broadcast transition. Following the auction, the Commission will issue a public notice beginning the 39-month period during which some full power and Class A broadcast television...
How Far Will SoftBank Go To Close A Sprint – T-Mobile Deal? (2/21/2017) - [Source: Trefis] …Deutsche Telekom to discuss a deal, on account of the FCC’s ongoing spectrum auction and the related anti-collusion rules that forbid discussions between rivals during the auction period, there is a possibility that the carriers could begin negotiations after the auction concludes in April….
Assessing The Likelihood Of A Sprint – T-Mobile Merger (2/21/2017) - [Source: Forbes] …While SoftBank has yet to approach T-Mobile’s parent Deutsche Telekom to discuss a deal, on account of the FCC’s ongoing spectrum auction and the related anti-collusion rules that forbid discussions between rivals during the auction period, there is a possibility that the carriers could begin negotiations after the auction concludes in April. We...
Wireless capex 15% below estimates in Q4, signaling ‘muted’ spending in 2017 (2/21/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] ….Meanwhile, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are all likely to spend billions on 600 MHz airwaves in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ spectrum. And carriers’ efforts to densify their networks via small cells have been hampered by permitting difficulties and other headaches at the municipal level. Indeed, wireless capex...
Sprint and T-Mobile: Calling For a Merger? (2/21/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Under the rules of the FCC 600 MHz spectrum auction, which ended on Feb. 10, the auction players are not allowed to discuss mergers and acquisitions. Once the auction winners are announced (in about two weeks) the restrictions will be lifted and the dealmaking can begin. The wireless auction raised $19.6 billion...
SoftBank preparing to approach T-Mobile about Sprint merger: Reuters, citing sources (2/21/2017) - [Source: Cote-Ivoire] …SoftBank hasn’t actually approached Deutsche Telekom regarding a possible deal because of the anti-collusion rules related to the ongoing 600MHz spectrum auction. Barclays analysts wrote in a note in December that a merger of T-Mobile and Sprint could result in $25 billion to $30 billion in synergies but said, “it is not imminently...
It’s Moving Time Again For Broadcast TV Stations (2/20/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The seemingly endless spectrum auction is not quite over, but it now has an end date of March 30, and the FCC is not waiting until then to nudge broadcasters toward their new spectrum homes, or to give them a potentially transformative way to transmit their over-the-air signals. While broadcasters’ portion...
Binnie Media Drops Classical From Two Signals In Portland, ME (2/20/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] …Last week, BINNIE MEDIA announced last week that it is taking the money from the spectrum incentive auction and shutting down its independent WBIN-TV (NH1)/DERRY-MANCHESTER.  The station’s news operation was abruptly shut down on FRIDAY, although it will continue online and for radio, while the TV station will be closed...
TV broadcasters get another shot at leveraging channels into cash (2/20/2017) - [Source: Current] The FCC’s incentive auction may not have resulted in the jackpot payday that some television broadcasters hoped for, but public broadcasters could still benefit financially through channel-sharing deals. By working out agreements to share their channels with other noncommercial and commercial broadcasters that did succeed in selling their spectrum, public TV stations have...
Softbank prepared to hand over control of Sprint as part of T-Mobile merger (2/20/2017) - [Source: Total Telecom] Softbank would be willing to hand over control of U.S. arm Sprint to T-Mobile US in order to secure a merger between the two telcos. This is according to sources cited by Reuters late last week. According to the report, Softbank has not approached T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom about the alleged proposal...
Sprint & T-Mobile Inching Inching Closer to Merger? (2/20/2017) - [Source: Fox Business News] Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp is prepared to give up control of Sprint Corp (S) to Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile (TMUS) to clinch a merger of the two U.S. wireless carriers, according to people familiar with the matter. SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the U.S....
American Spirit Media Announces Spectrum Auction Results (2/20/2017) - [Source: Adweek] American Spirit Media says its Richmond CW affiliate WUPV will take a lower position in the TV spectrum after participating in the FCC’s auction. “American Spirit took the opportunity to strategically create value for the company without impacting its mission to serve our local viewers,” American Spirit said in a statement. “That strategy...
SoftBank, DT to Start Talks on Sprint, T-Mobile Merger – Report (2/20/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] …SoftBank Corp. and Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) are expected to begin discussions about a possible deal in April after the spectrum auction that is currently underway draws to a close, say Reuters’ sources. Regulatory rules prohibit rivals from entering into discussions during an auction process. A tie-up between T-Mobile US Inc....
WBIN Sells For $68M in Spectrum Auction (2/20/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck / New Hampshire Union Leader] A New Hampshire television station that debuted in 2014 has been sold at auction to the FCC for an estimated $100 million and will go off the air in the coming months. Bill Binnie of WBIN, licensed to Derry, N.H., but included in the Boston DMA (9) said...
SoftBank turned Sprint from hunter to willing prey (2/20/2017) - [Source: Live Mint] …As Reuters pointed out, formal discussions can’t happen now because of anti-collusion rules that prevent talks during a spectrum auction that’s taking place. But when contacts can continue, around April, it’s unlikely that Sprint will be any stronger than it is today. A gain in the stock would be due to merger...
Softbank would cede control of post-merger Sprint-T-Mobile US in order to seal deal (2/20/2017) - [Source: Telegeography] …The sources told the news agency that SoftBank has not yet approached DT to discuss the projected deal because the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing auction of airwaves. As such, when the 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’)...
SoftBank willing to give up control of combined Sprint (2/19/2017) - [Source: Sinema Blaze] …Stocks of both T-Mobile and Sprint received a surge following the news. Sprint closed at $9.30, up 3.33% percent. While details remain scarce, the FCC is now holding a 600MHz spectrum auction until April, and accordingly has imposed some strict anti-collusion rules that prevent acquisition discussions between rivals until the airwave auctions...
Deutsche Telekom May Get Control of Sprint, In Merger (2/18/2017) - [Source: Ambiente Ja] …SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing auction of airwaves. Instead of acquiring the mobile telecom giant, it appears Softbank is willing to “give up control” of Sprint. Since...
SoftBank Willing to Cede Control of Sprint to Entice T-Mobile (2/18/2017) - [Source: NewsMax Finance] …SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing auction of airwaves. After the auction ends in April, the two parties are expected to begin negotiations, the sources told Reuters this...
WBIN-TV sells broadcasting rights for millions, lays off staff (2/18/2017) - [Source: New Hampshire Union Leader] WBIN-TV said Friday it “will cease broadcasting in the coming months” after selling its television broadcasting rights to the Federal Communications Commission. News programming will end immediately. Sources said a majority of the staff was laid off at a meeting on Friday morning, in what they were calling “Black Friday.”...
WBIN-TV sold to give more space to wireless communications (2/18/2017) - [Source: The Laconia Daily Sun] WBIN-TV failed to break WMUR-TV’s monopoly on New Hampshire’s television market, but Bill Binnie, the president of Binnie Media, reaped a tenfold return on his investment of $9 million by selling his company’s broadcast rights to Federal Communication Commission and its television license to a major network in complex transaction...
Capitol Beat: Leahy asks Trump to stand by CFPB director (2/18/2017) - [Source: The Times Argus] Vermont PBS announced Friday it has accepted a bid of $ 56 million for one of its four broadcast licenses in the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction. PBS officials said Vermonters will not see any reduction in over-the-air coverage. The station plans to re-engineer its network and upgrade its remaining signals...
SoftBank willing to give up control of combined Sprint-T-Mobile? (2/18/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] …SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom are not allowed to discuss a deal with each other yet because of the ongoing FCC auction of 600MHz of spectrum. Federal anti-collusion laws prevent the two from holding talks of any kind until the auction ends, which is expected to take place in April. Once the long...
Sprint And T-Mobile Merger Now Possible With Softbank Willing To Cede Control (2/18/2017) - [Source: iTech Post] …Deutsche Telekom also stressed that it is no longer interested in selling T-Mobile which is another reason why Softbank is now looking at selling instead of buying. Nothing is currently happening, however, as anti-collusion rules set by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prevent rival companies from having negotiations during a spectrum auction....
Vermont PBS Sells Broadcast License (2/17/2017) - [Source: Valley News] Vermont PBS has sold one of its four broadcast licenses to the Federal Communications Commission for $56 million through the federal regulators’ spectrum auction, the broadcaster announced on Friday. The sale will not reduce the over-the-air reach of Vermont PBS, CEO Holly Groschner said during a news conference at its Colchester studio....
T-Mobile stock climbs on report SoftBank open to Sprint combination (2/17/2017) - [Source: Seattle Times] …SoftBank can’t yet talk to T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, because of a gag rule related to an auction of U.S. airwave licenses, but the companies are expected to begin negotiations when that process ends, Reuters reported Friday. The stock of Sprint, based in Overland Park, Kansas, jumped 3.3 percent. Sprint and...
T-Mobile Has a Lot of Negotiating Power in Any Merger Talks with Sprint (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Reuters reports Japanese tech/telecom conglomerate SoftBank… is willing to forego control of a merged Sprint/T-Mobile entity to T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom as part of a deal. It adds SoftBank and DT are expected to start merger talks in April, after a major FCC low-band spectrum auction that prevents current discussions ends. The report...
T-Mobile Rises on Report SoftBank Open to Sprint Combination (2/17/2017) - [Source: Bloomberg Technology] …SoftBank can’t yet talk to T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom AG, because of a gag rule related to an auction of U.S. airwave licenses, but the companies are expected to begin negotiations when that process ends, Reuters reported Friday. Sprint, based in Overland Park, Kansas, jumped as much as 4.9 percent. Sprint...
Access to airwaves made WBIN valuable in $68M sale (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Concord Monitor] Television broadcasting is all about visuals, but it turns out that the valuable part of WBIN-TV wasn’t anything that we could see. On Friday, Bill Binnie announced that he would be shutting down the state’s youngest television station because he had sold its broadcast spectrum – the right to send out its...
Mobile And Sprint Deal: Companies Could Try To Merge Again (2/17/2017) - [Source: Bonham Journal] …No talks between SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom are now happening because of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction that prevents collusion between competing companies. And forthcoming fifth-generation wireless upgrades, or 5G, are expected to cost billions of dollars. SoftBank first attempted to acquire T-Mobile in 2014 but abandoned those efforts after experiencing pushback...
SoftBank Examines Connection Between Sprint, T (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Olathe Edge] …No talks between SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom are now happening because of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction that prevents collusion between competing companies. A combined Sprint and T-Mobile company could spell a lot of trouble for AT&T and Verizon, they would still be third place, but they would have a ton...
Sprint Could Sell To T-Mobile, But Dish Network Looms (2/17/2017) - [Source: Sinema Blaze] …No talks between SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom are now happening because of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction that prevents collusion between competing companies. There still may be roadblocks in regards to antitrust issues for a possible merger, yet the benefits could be well worth the effort as carriers will need to invest...
SoftBank Conceding Sprint To Help A T-Mo Merger (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Lake Andes Wave] … Softbank and and Deutsche Telekom haven’t had discussions yet because the companies aren’t legally allowed to talk to each other during an auction of airwaves going on right now, in which the FCC has set aside a swath of spectrum for bidding specifically for smaller players. Once the auction...
Softbank and T-Mobile reportedly trying again for merger (2/17/2017) - [Source: Learning and Finance] …With that being said, neither company will be able to discuss a merger until after March 31 due to anti-collusion rules that are in place during the current wireless spectrum auction. Which has led to some people saying that SoftBank may give up control of Sprint to Deutsche Telekom, which is...
Sprint, T-Mobile Shares Jump on Reports of Merger Plans (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Street] …SoftBank hasn’t yet met with Deutsche Telekom, the owner of T-Mobile US, about a possible tie-up with Sprint because Federal Trade Commission rules bar collusion between telecommunications companies during government auctions for wireless spectrum licenses, Reuters noted. The auction is in its final stages and is expected to end in early March, at...
Softbank Willing To Cede Control Of Sprint To Deutsche Telekom To… (2/17/2017) - [Source: Boxden] …SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing auction of airwaves. After the auction ends in April, the two parties are expected to begin negotiations, the sources told Reuters this week....
Sprint, T-Mobile merger under consideration again, given change in US regulatory climate (2/17/2017) - [Source: Apple Insider] According to sources… SoftBank is willing to surrender control of Sprint. SoftBank has not started negotiations for the possible blockbuster deal. U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules strictly prohibit discussions of nearly any sort during an open broadcast spectrum auction —which is currently underway, and will conclude in April. “We may buy, we may...
T-Mobile And Sprint Shares Spike As Merger Prospects Brighten (2/17/2017) - [Source: Yahoo!] …[A Reuters article] notes that the companies aren’t engaged in deal talks yet. The FCC bars them from collusion while they’re engaged in its airwave spectrum auction. That’s expected to end in April. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges told investors in November that he’s “not in the mood of selling” T-Mobile, a change from the company’s...
WUPV Richmond Will Be Moving (2/17/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] American Spirit Media, owners of WUPV, a CW affiliate in Richmond, Va., said Friday it was a winner in the FCC’s spectrum auction. It did not say what its winnings were but did say it had agreed to move to a lower channel. It is a UHF station (ch. 47), so...
Is a Merger in the Air? – SoftBank Could be Willing to Surrender Control of Sprint and Take Minority Stake in T-Mobile (2/17/2017) - [Source: MacTrast] …Serious negotiations for such a deal have not yet taken place, due to the strict anti-collusion rules that are in effect during the ongoing spectrum auction. The FCC-conducted auction ends on March 30, when negotiations between the two carriers are expected to begin in earnest. SoftBank, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile all declined...
SoftBank could give T-Mobile control to secure Sprint deal (2/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …A Reuters report citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter” said SoftBank has yet to approach Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile, about the subject due to the FCC’s anti-collusion restrictions during the ongoing incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum. The companies are expected to open discussions when those rules are no...
SoftBank Renews Interest In Sprint Merger With T-Mobile (2/17/2017) - [Source: Hot Hardware] …It remains to be seen if regulators will have the stomach for a second round of merger talks between Sprint and T-Mobile. With that being said, neither company will be able to discuss a merger until after March 31st due to anti-collusion rules that are in place during the current wireless spectrum...
T-Mobile, Sprint merger may have SoftBank put it all on the line (2/17/2017) - [Source: SlashGear] …Though SoftBank hasn’t approached Deutsche Telekom about this plot just yet, those sources say that negotiations will begin in April, once an ongoing auction of wireless spectrum has come to an end. When those negotiations kick off, SoftBank could offer to part with its controlling stake in Sprint to see the merger through....
SoftBank would give up control of Sprint to get T-Mobile merger done, says report (2/17/2017) - [Source: Phone Dog] …No talks between SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom are currently happening because of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction that prevents collusion between competing companies. Once the auction ends in April, though, it’s expected that SoftBank will approached Deutsche Telekom about a deal…
Telecom Alert: February 13, 2017… Incentive Auction Forward Bidding Comes to Close… (2/17/2017) - [Source: National Law Review] Last week, clock phase bidding in the incentive auction ended.  The forward auction clock phase generated $19.6 billion in winning bids on 84 MHz of spectrum.  According to an FCC blog post by the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force, the incentive auction will now proceed to the assignment...
Vermont PBS gains $56M from sale in spectrum auction (2/17/2017) - [Source: Current] Vermont PBS will receive $56 million from the FCC spectrum auction after selling one of its four broadcast licenses. The sale of the license for WTVA will not affect viewers, according to the station, which will re-engineer its network and upgrade signals to fill the gap in coverage. The station plans to invest...
Howard University decides it won’t sell its public TV station in the FCC spectrum auction (2/17/2017) - [Source: Nieman Lab] Howard University said Thursday that it’s withdrawing from the FCC’s spectrum auction, which enabled broadcast license holders to sell all or portions of their spectrum as part of an initiative to enable wireless carriers to expand their reach. Howard, based in Washington, D.C., was considering selling the license to its public television...
Report: SoftBank wants to merge Sprint and T-Mobile by selling its stake in Sprint (2/17/2017) - [Source: Angle News] …Any deal would probably still face regulatory scrutiny, though the Trump administration could be more accepting than Obama’s was. AT&T and Verizon would more than likely come out against the deal, though. Sprint has a ton of spectrum that could make the new, larger T-Mobile a serious threat to the bigger carriers. The...
Report: Softbank trying to revive T-Mobile-Sprint merger (2/17/2017) - [Source: USA Today] …SoftBank hasn’t approached Deutsche Telekom, the majority owner of T-Mobile, yet, the report says. That’s because the Federal Communications Commission had banned discussions among rivals during an ongoing wireless spectrum auction. But Reuters, which pinned the report on people familiar with the matter, said merger discussions could begin in April. T-Mobile’s stock closed...
Is a T-Mobile-Sprint merger about to be revived? (2/17/2017) - [Source: Citizen-Times] …SoftBank hasn’t approached Deutsche Telekom, the majority owner of T-Mobile, yet, the report says. That’s because the Federal Communications Commission had banned discussions among rivals during an ongoing wireless spectrum auction. But Reuters, which pinned the report on people familiar with the matter, said merger discussions could begin in April. T-Mobile’s stock closed up...
T-Mobile and Sprint may get to merge under Trump (2/17/2017) - [Source: Axios] …the only thing holding the companies back at the moment [from combining] is the fact that they are prohibited from talking to one another during an ongoing U.S. spectrum auction. Backstory: SoftBank and T-Mobile majority owner Deutsche Telekom talked before, giving up only when it was clear the Obama administration was going to...
WRNN-TV selling spectrum rights for $212M, will stay on the air (2/17/2017) - [Source: LOHUD] WRNN-TV, an independent television station owned and operated by RNN of Rye Brook, anticipates a $212 million payout from the sale of its broadcast spectrum in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission‘s reverse auction. TVNewsCheck, a television industry news outlet, first reported this deal earlier this week. The sale was part of the FCC’s so-called broadcast incentive spectrum auction,...
Raycom Gives Up WUAB Spectrum (2/17/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Raycom Media Friday announced its spectrum auction results but did not talk money. Instead, it made clear that despite winning and giving up some of its spectrum in Cleveland that simply meant moving programming from WUAB, whose spectrum it gave up, to another channel. One of the options in the auction was...
Raycom Media Announces FCC Spectrum Auction Results (2/17/2017) - [Source: Raycom Media] Raycom Media participated in the recent FCC Incentive auction and strategically evaluated opportunities that could bring value to the company yet not compromise our core mission to serve our local communities. The Cleveland, Ohio market represented such an opportunity. Raycom Media announces we will relinquish part of our spectrum in the Cleveland,...
WHUT-TV Withdrawn From Federal Communications Commission Auction (2/17/2017) - [Source: The Hilltop] After a little over a year since announced that Howard University decided that it would participate in the Federal Communication Commissions Broadcast Incentive Auction, Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick released a statement yesterday stating that Howard will keep its noncommercial license to operate WHUT-TV, the only Black-owned public television station in the country....
This Could Be SoftBank’s New Strategy to Woo T-Mobile (2/17/2017) - [Source: Fortune] …SoftBank has not yet approached Deutsche Telekom to discuss any deal because the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has imposed strict anti-collusion rules that ban discussions between rivals during an ongoing auction of airwaves. After the auction ends in April, the two parties are expected to begin negotiations, the sources told Reuters this week....
N.H. TV station sold for nearly $100 million (2/17/2017) - [Source: Fosters] WBIN-TV announced Friday that is has been sold to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a recently completed spectrum auction. The total proceeds from the complex transaction are estimated to be almost $100 million dollars. WBIN-TV sold its television broadcast rights in the FCC auction for $68.1 million dollars. Additionally, it entered into...
CMU selling Flint public TV station (2/17/2017) - [Source: My San Antonio] Central Michigan University has outlined plans for its five public television and eight radio stations following the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast spectrum auction, which was conducted to gain spectrum for the nation’s cellular and digital services. CMU Public Broadcasting will continue to operate its radio stations and four TV stations across...
Cleveland CBS affiliate tries to quell viewer confusion following auction (2/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] A Cleveland CBS broadcast affiliate owned by Raycom is trying to assure viewers that it is not going off the air following the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions. In what will likely be a similar scenario for other broadcasters involved in the auctions, WUAB explained in a blog post that only its...
Vermont PBS sells broadcast license back to the feds for $56 million (2/17/2017) - [Source: VTDigger] Vermont PBS has sold one of its four broadcast licenses to the Federal Communications Commission for $56 million through the federal regulators’ spectrum auction, the broadcaster announced Friday. The sale will not reduce the over-the-air reach of Vermont PBS, said CEO Holly Groschner during a news conference at its Colchester studio. The broadcaster...
Vermont PBS Reaps $56 Million Windfall in FCC Spectrum Auction (2/17/2017) - [Source: Seven Days] Vermont PBS announced Friday that it sold one of its four broadcast licenses for $56 million, money it plans to use to fund new programs and expand services for years to come. The station said the loss of the license would not cause any reduction in over-the-air coverage. Instead, the windfall could transform...
Univision scores $376M in FCC spectrum auctions (2/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Univision is the latest broadcaster to reveal how much it made off the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions. The Spanish-language programmer said it expects to receive about $376 million in net proceeds. Like other broadcasters who’ve also shared proceeds expectations, Univision did not mention specific stations affected but said that the proceeds...
Vermont PBS sells Mt Ascutney license for $56 million (2/17/2017) - [Source: Vermont Business Magazine] Vermont PBS announced today that it accepted a bid of $56 million for one of its four broadcast licenses, WVTA, in the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction. Vermonters will not see any reduction in over the air coverage. Vermont PBS will reengineer its network and upgrade its remaining signals to replicate...
WBIN-TV sold in FCC Auction; NH1 News to invest in new digital platforms (2/17/2017) - [Source: NH1] WBIN-TV announced today that it has been sold to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a recently completed auction. The total proceeds from the complex transaction are estimated to be nearly $100 million dollars. In a process called the “Spectrum Auction”, the FCC is purchasing local TV stations and reselling their over-the-air rights,...
Verizon Requires Unlimited Patience Buffett Didn’t Have (2/17/2017) - [Source: NewsMax Finance] …Amy Yong, an analyst at Macquarie Research, wrote in a note Monday that far lower-than-expected spending on the recent government-led spectrum auction may have been partly driven by Verizon as it secures dry powder for a big acquisition instead. Recent speculation was that Verizon was eyeing a deal for Charter Communications Inc.,...
RF Mics Face Altered Landscape (2/17/2017) - [Source: Pro Sound Network] The Federal Communications Commission’s Incentive Auction came to an end on January 18, 2017 when telecommunications companies met the closing criteria for a clearing target of 84 MHz, of which 70 MHz is public airwaves. After four reverse and forward auction stages and a process that extended over 43 weeks, wireless...
Univision Gets $376 Million From Auction (2/16/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Another beneficiary of the FCC’s incentive auction has come forward. Univision Communications said Thursday that “anticipates that it will receive approximately $376 million in net proceeds.” The anticipated proceeds “reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by the company and certain channel sharing partners during the auction to surrender spectrum...
Dielectric Prepares Manufacturing Center for Busy Production Period (2/16/2017) - [Source: KitPlus] Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters, has reorganized its production floor strategy in preparation for the impending US TV spectrum repack. Mike Spugnardi, recently appointed as Manufacturing Engineer, will lead the strategic initiatives around inventory control, production planning and maximizing capacity facility-wide. This includes revised floor plans to better accommodate...
US Cellular to Spend $327M on 600MHz Spectrum (2/16/2017) - [Source: Light Reading] US Cellular now says that it will be buying some low-band licenses in the 600MHz auction. The regional operator disclosed this in a filing to the SEC made even though the auction is still in an “anti-collusion” quiet period before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assigns licenses. US Cellular writes that it...
Smith Spectrum Auction ‘no Extravaganza’ (2/16/2017) - [Source: Morning Consult] The Federal Communications Commission’s auction of broadcasters’ spectrum to wireless carriers may not have been necessary, and it’s fallen far short of expectations, according to Gordon Smith, head of the National Association of Broadcasters. The FCC’s auction is scheduled to end on March 30, finishing a process that saw wireless companies buying airwaves...
University’s budget deficit now estimated at $14 million (2/16/2017) - [Source: Central Michigan Life] [University President George] Ross also discussed last week’s FCC spectrum auction. CMU sold its Flint public television station for $14 million after purchasing it for $1 million in 2009. Ross said the deciding factor was that 99 percent of Flint viewers live in areas also served by other public broadcasting stations....
America’s Latest Spectrum Auction (2/16/2017) - [Source: Wopular] Markets don’t simply emerge, but are created by the state, argued Karl Polanyi, an economist, in “The Great Transformation”. This is certainly true for radio spectrum, an intangible natural resource, which governments now regularly sell in auctions. The most intricate ever organised came to an end in America on February 10th, bringing in...
Univision Sees Big Gains in Fourth Quarter (2/16/2017) - [Source: IMDB / Variety] …Univision, which participated in the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction to monetize a portion of its spectrum assets, expects to receive an estimated $376 million in proceeds from the FCC spectrum auction in 2017, which it will use to further draw down its debt. The Spanish-language media conglomerate, which posted a fourth-quarter...
WUAB To Channel-Share With WOIO (2/16/2017) - [Source: The Plain Dealer] If you’ve heard the rumor that WUAB Channel 43 will be going off the air, relax. The Cleveland station that started broadcasting in September 1968 isn’t gong anywhere. The station’s parent company, Raycom Media, which also owns CBS affiliate WOIO Channel 19, has sold the Channel 43 transmitter as part of...
Just How Will the TV Repack Impact Public Radio Stations? (2/16/2017) - [Source: Radio World] The Public Radio Satellite System is offering public radio stations new details and a technical report on the ways in which the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Spectrum Auction may impact radio tower sites and projects. In a Feb. 14 blog post, the organization offered an update for public radio stations, saying that...
Univision: U.S. Is A “Primary” Market For Televisa Programming Following Deal (2/16/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! / Deadline] …Univision says it expects to see $376 million from the airwaves it offered in the FCC’s spectrum auction to wireless broadband providers. Most of that will be used to reduce its $8.3 billion in debt. Univision might want to buy TV stations, though, if the FCC increases the cap on the...
39-Month Repack Clock to Start After March 30 (2/16/2017) - [Source: Radio Magazine] The assignment phase of the TV spectrum incentive auction will commence March 6 and run through March 30, which will signal the start of the TV station repack process, beginning with a public notice announcing the end of the auction. Once this assignment-phase bidding is complete, the end of the auction will...
Industry CFO’s to Discuss Plans for ATSC 3.0 at MFM CFO Summit (2/16/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …“Many broadcast stations are exploring whether to factor in the process of upgrading to ATSC 3.0 as part of the upcoming broadcast spectrum repack,” said Mary M. Collins, President and CEO of MFM and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association. “We couldn’t ask for two better experts to help...
Univision: U.S. Is A “Primary” Market For Televisa Programming… (2/16/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! / Deadline] The U.S. will become “a primary place for distribution of content, not a secondary place” for Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa following last month’s agreement with Univision to blend their production operations, Univision CEO Randy Falco told his investors this morning. The agreement expanded the responsibilities for Univision’s Isaac Lee, making him...
Radio spectrum: America’s latest spectrum auction (2/16/2017) - [Source: The Economist] MARKETS don’t simply emerge, but are created by the state, argued Karl Polanyi, an economist, in “The Great Transformation”. This is certainly true for radio spectrum, an intangible natural resource, which governments now regularly sell in auctions. The most intricate ever organised came to an end in America on February 10th, bringing...
U.S. Cellular submitted bids for $327M worth of spectrum in FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction (2/16/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] According to a new government filing from U.S. Cellular, the nation’s fifth largest wireless network operator submitted bids for a minimum amount of $327 million during the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted spectrum. “With the completion of the Clock Phase of the auction, U.S. Cellular is now committed to purchase 600 MHz spectrum...
BRIEF-Telephone and Data Systems says U.S. Cellular now committed to buy 600 mhz spectrum licenses (2/16/2017) - [Source: Reuters] Telephone and Data Systems – U.S. Cellular now committed to buy 600 mhz spectrum licenses on which it submitted bids for a minimum amount of $327 million * Telephone and Data Systems – U.S. Cellular expects to be obligated to pay for total committed amount, less $143 million upfront payment made in June...
Univision Reports Higher Quarterly Earnings, CEO Touts Ratings Trends (2/16/2017) - [Source: The Hollywood Reporter] Univision Communications on Thursday reported higher fourth-quarter earnings and said that it anticipates receiving approximately $376 million in proceeds from the FCC spectrum auction this year. The company said it would use the proceeds to pay down debt. On the Spanish-language media giant’s earnings call, CEO Randy Falco discussed the company’s changes...
Univision Posts Big Profit Gain In Fourth Quarter (2/16/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Univision Communications, looking to rebound from viewer losses, reported strong financial results in the fourth quarter. Net income was $108 million, up from $8.8 million a year ago. Revenue rose 15% to $846.5 million. For all of 2016, revenue was up 6.4% to $3.04 billion. Univision also announced that it expects...
Bipartisan Committee Leaders Comment on Incentive Auction’s Conclusion (2/15/2017) - [Source: Energy and Commerce Committee] Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-PA), issued the following statement after last week’s conclusion of the FCC’s incentive auction. “The incentive auction’s conclusion with more than $19...
Overnight Tech: Hatch to unveil ‘Innovation Agenda’… (2/15/2017) - [Source: The Hill] DATE SET FOR NEXT STAGE OF SPECTRUM AUCTION: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will kick off the next stage of its auction of wireless spectrum on March 6, the agency announced in a notice posted online Tuesday. In the so-called assignment phase, winning bidders from earlier rounds will now bid on specific frequencies....
T-Mobile CEO suggests he could discuss a merger soon (2/15/2017) - [Source: Puget Sound Business Journal] T-Mobile merger talks could begin as soon as April, CEO John Legere suggested on a call with analysts and investors Tuesday. Wireless providers are locked into a quiet period barring executives from discussing potential mergers during the Federal Communications Commission’s wireless spectrum auction, which sells off access to the radio...
CBS earned $1B in broadcast retransmission fees in 2016 (2/15/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …While retrans remains a gravy train for CBS, the FCC’s recently concluded broadcast incentive auctions did not pan out for the broadcaster. As TVNewsCheck points out, CBS said it did not end up selling any of its full-power stations during the auction. [CFO Joe] Ianniello said it didn’t make sense for...
CBS Comes Up Small In Spectrum Auction (2/15/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The incentive auction was a bust for CBS. “We did not sell any full-power stations,” COO Joe Ianniello told securities on the company’s fourth-quarter quarters earning call Wednesday afternoon. “As the auction continued to drop rapidly in value, it just didn’t make sense for us to participate because we make so much more...
House Members Praise FCC Auction (2/15/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC got a bipartisan shout out from the Hill on the conclusion of the broadcast incentive auction (it hasn’t quite closed, but the main auction is indeed over). Issuing a joint statement Wednesday (Feb. 15)–the main auction concluded Feb. 10–Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), ranking member Frank...
Ansin sells WLVI airwaves but will keep station (2/15/2017) - [Source: The Boston Globe] The broadcast signal for WLVI-TV (Channel 56) has been sold for an undisclosed sum in the federal government’s auction of spectrum, owner Ed Ansin said in an interview Wednesday. Ansin had put the frequency for the independent station into the Federal Communications Commission’s buyback of local TV airwaves last year. The...
Next stage of FCC wireless auction set for March (2/15/2017) - [Source: The Hill] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will kick off the next stage of its auction of wireless spectrum on March 6, the agency announced in a notice posted online Tuesday. In the so-called assignment phase, winning bidders from earlier rounds will now bid on specific frequencies. The short delay before beginning the auction...
Morning Tech: Flake to use CRA in bid to undo FCC broadband privacy rules (2/15/2017) - [Source: Politico] The long-running FCC airwaves auction finally has an official end date: March 30. The bidding in the forward auction — when wireless companies and others competed for TV airwaves licenses — ended last week with $19.6 billion in proceeds. Next up is bidding for specific frequency blocks, and the FCC said that process...
NATE Congratulates FCC on Close of Forward Auction (2/14/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The closing bell rang for the FCC’s forward spectrum incentive auction last Friday, Feb. 10, with bidding concluding at $19.6 billion. As a result, the National Association of Tower Erectors has issued a statement to the Commission. “The closing of the bidding phase of the incentive auction is a tangible step in...
FCC’s Auction Outcome Is Victim Of Sky-High Expectations (2/14/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission crossed an important finish line in its broadcast incentive auction Friday as a phase of bidding ended, and experts say inflated revenue expectations stoked by the FCC are clouding a result that delivers on the goal of repurposing spectrum for wireless use. Whether or not the auction was successful...
GatesAir Delivers Post-Auction Spectrum Repack Webinar Series (2/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcast Beat] GatesAir… announces the three-day “Mission: POSSIBLE” spectrum repack webinar series… Viewers can register for the “Mission: POSSIBLE” series at info.gatesair.com/mission-possible-spectrum-repack-webinar-series-reg
FCC To Announce Auction Winners In April (2/14/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The tell-all public notice in which the FCC will reveal what broadcasters sold stations in the incentive auction and how much they got for them should emerge in April — if the FCC keeps to its schedule. The notice will also contain information on the post-auction repacking, including how many and which stations...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Will Close March 30 (2/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s broadcast incentive auction will close for good on March 30. In a public notice Tuesday, the FCC said it will start the assignment-phase auction March 6, 2017. And in this auction, there is a definite end date—March 30. The clock-phase of the broadcast incentive auction began May 31, 2016,...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere says he’s ‘humored’ by takeover rumors (2/14/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance] “We have similar churn to the big guys,” Legere said, noting that he was in a quiet period around the spectrum auction, where telecom providers battle to improve their networks. That’s far from the only battle between T-Mobile and rivals like Verizon (VZ), Sprint (NYSE:S) and AT&T (NYSE:T). After an edgy Twitter...
GatesAir Delivers Post-Auction Spectrum Repack Webinar Series (2/14/2017) - [Source: TheFuture.TV] GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, announces the three-day “Mission: POSSIBLE” spectrum repack webinar series, designed to arm broadcasters with valuable information needed for success during and beyond the repack period. The first webinar, “Repack in Review” (Tues, Feb 28, 2017 at 2 PM...
San Francisco Area’s KRCB Gets $72M to Change Channels (2/14/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] KRCB, one of two PBS affiliates licensed to the San Francisco market, will take away $72 million from the FCC’s spectrum auction in exchange for agreeing to change its channel. The move, however, will limit the station’s over-the-air reach to Sonoma County, the area north of San Francisco where KRCB is...
T-Mobile CEO hints at possible merger (2/14/2017) - [Source: Axios] John Legere was coy when asked about T-Mobile’s future on today’s earnings call, emphasizing that the company has a number of options: “We are a healthy, growing franchise. If we choose to, we can continue to drive growth on our own…or participate in various forms of consolidation.” Why we’re watching: Industry analysts have for...
WRNN New York Cops $212M In FCC Auction (2/14/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] WRNN, the quirky New York City independent, was sold for $212 million in the FCC’s reverse auction, topping every other station in the market and possibly the country, according to broadcast industry sources. The station, which operates on ch. 48, is owned by the French family, which is headed by CEO Dick French...
Verizon’s Unlimited Data Party Will Last Until the Big Four Become the Big Three (2/13/2017) - [Source: Wired] …Last year Reuters reported that Deutsche Telekom was holding off on selling T-Mobile until after the Federal Communications Commission’s recent spectrum auction—and until the regulatory environment became more friendly for telcos. That spectrum auction ended last week. And though President Trump expressed some skepticism of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner, just about...
Ball State University will continue to broadcast WIPB (2/13/2017) - [Source: Indiana Public Radio] In late 2015, Ball State University chose to participate in an auction process run by the Federal Communications Commission.  The point was to free up some of the country’s wireless spectrum – which is shared by many things, including television stations and the mobile phone companies providing data to your smartphone....
FCC’s Incentive Auction Rakes in $19.63B, Lags Expectations (2/13/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ / Zacks] The much-hyped 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as an Incentive Auction, conducted by the U.S. telecom regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has turned out to be a massive disappointment. The spectrum auction finally cleared all criteria at the Stage 4 of the forward bidding process with an...
FCC completes incentive auction, raises $19.6bn (2/13/2017) - [Source: Total Telecom] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has completed its long-running 600-MHz incentive auction, raising $19.63 billion (€18.49 billion). Television broadcasters that relinquished their 600-MHz frequencies during the reverse stage of the auction will collectively receive $10…
Ball State keeping WIPB on the air (2/13/2017) - [Source: The Daily News] Balll State will not sell its public broadcasting station, WIPB, university officials announced Feb. 13. The university put WIPB into a Federal Communications Commission voluntary spectrum auction in September of 2015 with the potential of making hundreds of millions of dollars by selling their rights to the station. Phil Bremen, associate...
E.W. Scripps comes away empty handed from FCC spectrum auction (2/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] While other broadcasters have been revealing expected proceeds from the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions, E.W. Scripps announced it’s expecting no proceeds at all. “We pursued several channel-share arrangements with ourselves and other broadcast partners that would have allowed us to continue to operate our stations and serve our local communities while supporting...
FCC Announces Close of Forward Auction Clock Phase of Incentive Auction (2/13/2017) - [Source: National Law Review] The FCC announced on February 10 that “bidding in the clock phase of the incentive auction concluded,” and the auction will now “proceed to the assignment phase, in which winning forward auction bidders can bid for specific frequency blocks.” Forward auction bidders submitted gross winning bids of $19.6 billion. FCC Chairman...
BSU won’t take WIPB off the air (2/13/2017) - [Source: The Star Press] Ball State University will not relinquish the license of public television station WIPB-49, the university announced on Monday. Since the fall of 2015, BSU has participated in the Federal Communications Commission’s voluntary spectrum auction, which was conducted nationally free up bandwidth for the increasing number of mobile devices. Ball State could...
Ball State Retains WIPB Operation (2/13/2017) - [Source: Inside Indiana Business] Ball State University has announced it will retain operation of its public broadcasting station. The future of WIPB had been up in the air since the university began participating in the Federal Communications Commission’s voluntary spectrum auction in September 2015. The auction is being held throughout the country in what the university says...
FCC forward-auction ends with $19.6 billion worth of bids (2/13/2017) - [Source: Capacity Media] The Federal Communications Commission has brought an end to its forward spectrum auction, with total bids amounting $19.6 billion, less than originally forecasted. When the FCC announced the auction of the broadcast spectrum, it said sellers were seeking $86.4 billion, but the final total has fallen significantly short of this. 62 bidders...
FCC completes forward auction with bids of USD 19.6 bln (2/13/2017) - [Source: Telecompaper] The FCC announced completion of its forward auction of broadcast airwaves for mobile services. The final bids for 70 MHz of licensed spectrum totaled USD 19.6 billion, much less than originally expected. This could still rise slightly in the final round where operators can bid for specific blocks of frequencies. Over half the...
FCC 600MHz auction draws to a close after bidding reaches USD19.63bn (2/13/2017) - [Source: Telegeography] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that Stage Four of its 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) has now concluded, bringing the lengthy bidding process – which started on 16 August 2016 – to an end. Bidding reached USD19.632 billion as the auction drew to a close, surpassing the...
WVIA-TV enters into channel sharing agreement with WNEP (2/13/2017) - [Source: Sun-Gazette] Just over a year ago, on Jan. 11, 2016, WVIA entered into a channel sharing agreement with Dreamcatcher Broadcasting, LLC to broadcast both WVIA and WNEP television over a shared channel. This agreement was made in anticipation of a spectrum auction organized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Joe Glynn, WVIA Vice President...
US TV spectrum auction ends with stations banking billions (2/13/2017) - [Source: Rapid TV News] Broadcasters were asking for an aggregate $10 billion to clear 84MHz of spectrum that has been freed up by the transition from analogue to digital TV. The largest local TV station conglomerate in the US, Sinclair has 173 affiliates in 82 designated market areas (DMAs), broadcasting a total of 480 channels....
US wireless spectrum auction bidding raises $19.6b (2/11/2017) - [Source: Oman Tribune / Reuters] The US Federal Communications Commission said late on Friday that bidding in the wireless spectrum auction has ended at $19.6 billion, significantly less than many analysts had initially forecast. The so-called broadcast incentive spectrum auction is one of the commission’s most complex and ambitious to date and should be complete...
WBGU-TV to move to new channel following FCC spectrum auction (2/11/2017) - [Source: Sentinel-Tribune] Bowling Green State University announced today that WBGU-TV will continue broadcasting in the UHF spectrum following the conclusion of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction. However, the station will be moving to a new channel. While ensuring the station would continue broadcasting, BGSU participated in the auction. The university voluntarily withdrew from the process...
FCC’s spectrum auction nets $7 billion for US Treasury (2/11/2017) - [Source: Rapid TV News] The FCC is carrying out an incentive auction of unused analogue TV spectrum, left over from the digital TV transition. The hope is to free up more spectrum for 4G/5G and advanced wireless services, like mobile video. The two-sided auction for the spectrum was meant to pay broadcasters a fair value...
WBGU-TV to move channel; bids fall short (2/11/2017) - [Source: The Blade] Bowling Green State University’s television station, WBGU-TV, will move to a new channel following an FCC spectrum auction the university withdrew from last month. The university was hoping to see a large payoff, up to $43 million, for selling the station’s UHF station for a less-desired VHF station. The auction was designed...
TIA Hails Completion of Successful Incentive Auction (2/10/2017) - [Source: TIA] The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today congratulated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the successful completion of the voluntary incentive auction of television broadcast spectrum. TIA Board Chair and Interim CEO David Heard commented:  “We can now conclusively say that the...
Spectrum auction nets nearly $35M for two Pennsylvania stations (2/10/2017) - [Source: Current] WITF-TV in Harrisburg, Pa., will use $25 million in spectrum auction proceeds to bankroll three new initiatives, including a possible statewide news organization. And the $9.9 million going to Pittsburgh’s WQED for shifting to another frequency could possibly retire the station’s longstanding debt. The stations are the latest to announce results from the...
FCC’s Auction Tally Rises To $19.6B As Bidding Ends (2/10/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it had racked up $19.6 billion in bids for spectrum for wireless use as a portion of the broadcast incentive auction came to an end Friday, with the FCC moving forward in a process to clear the 84 MHz of spectrum set to be repurposed. The...
Sprint’s fate will have to wait until Uncle Sam’s sale ends (2/10/2017) - [Source: Equities / Kansas City Star] …Merger talks in the telecommunications industry essentially are off-limits under a federally imposed “quiet period” that began a year ago. Nobody knows when it will end, though one estimate has it lingering possibly into late April. Until it does end, Sprint and its potential suitors — or targets it...
FCC ends wireless auction with $19.6B in bids (2/10/2017) - [Source: The Hill] The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that the bidding phase of the agency’s first-ever auction of wireless spectrum had closed, with bids totaling $19.6 billion. In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai offered “congratulations to the winners.” “The participation of these broadcasters and wireless carriers will enable the Commission to release 84...
FCC Spectrum Auction Scores $19.6B, Including $10B For Broadcasters (2/10/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! / Deadline] TV station owners are due to collect about $10 billion, with an additional $7 billion going to the U.S. Treasury, as the FCC today completed the most important steps of its seemingly endless, and endlessly complicated, auction of broadcasters’ airwave spectrum. Wireless broadband providers committed $19.6 billion for about 70 MHz of...
FCC faces doubleheader of Hill hearings (2/10/2017) - [Source: The Hill] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is facing a long day on March 8, with back-to-back hearings in the House and Senate. Commissioners will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee and then the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications that day. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will face panels chaired by lawmakers more amiable...
Genachowski: Auction Was ‘Amazing Success’ (2/10/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Reaction was swift to the conclusion Friday of the clock phase of the FCC‘s broadcast incentive auction, including from the former FCC chairman under whose watch the National Broadband Plan was drawn up and the auction proposed and a current commissioner who has some issues. “This auction has been an amazing...
FCC’s TV-for-Mobile Spectrum Auction Ends With $19.6 Billion Bid (2/10/2017) - [Source: Fortune / Reuters] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday that bidding in the wireless spectrum auction has ended at $19.6 billion, significantly less than many analysts had initially forecast. The so-called broadcast incentive spectrum auction is one of the commission’s most complex and ambitious to date and should be complete by April. The...
Scripps Spectrum Auction Takeaway: Zilch (2/10/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] After other broadcast groups reported hefty hauls this week, E.W. Scripps said Friday it won’t be getting any money out of the FCC’s spectrum auction – albeit not for lack of trying. “We pursued several channel-share arrangements with ourselves and other broadcast partners that would have allowed us to continue to...
Forward bidding in incentive auction ends at $19.63B (2/10/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Forward bidding in Stage 4 of the FCC’s incentive auction came to an end Friday afternoon with bidders committing $19.63 billion for TV broadcasters’ airwaves. Which is a lot less than they were expected to spend on the 600 MHz airwaves when the event opened last spring. Bidders will gain access...
Forward Auction Finishes At $19.6 Billion (2/10/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The FCC said Friday afternoon that the forward auction has come to an end, with $19.6 billion raised, the second highest total proceeds of any commission spectrum license auction in its 20-plus year history, according to the FCC. Of that total, broadcasters will receive about $10 billion, with $1.75 billion going to other...
No Auction Money For Scripps (2/10/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] While a number of broadcasters have reported their takes from the FCC’s incentive auction this week after the commission lifted its “quiet period,” E.W. Scripps Co. just announced it’s not one of them. “We pursued several channel-share arrangements with ourselves and other broadcast partners that would have allowed us to continue to operate...
The Incentive Auction Clock Phase Is Over. What’s Next? (2/10/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Today marks the end of all clock phase bidding in the incentive auction. This is a noteworthy event for winning bidders and an appropriate moment to appreciate the auction’s success in using market forces to allocate spectrum to its highest and best use. With $19.6 billion in forward auction clock phase gross winning...
NAB Statement on Incentive Auction Closing After Stage 4 (2/10/2017) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] In response to the FCC reaching the conclusion of Stage 4 of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “Now that the clock phase in the forward auction has concluded and the FCC prepares for the assignment...
BRIEF-Scripps to not get proceeds from FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction (2/10/2017) - [Source: Reuters] * Scripps shares results of its participation in FCC broadcast spectrum auction * E. W. Scripps Co says will not receive proceeds from Federal Communications Commission’s auctioning of broadcast spectrum * E. W. Scripps – none of spectrum co or partners offered was selected during auction process because prices available in auction fell...
Chairman Pai Statement on Close of Clock Phase Bidding in the IA (2/10/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Today, bidding in the clock phase of the incentive auction concluded. The auction will now proceed to the assignment phase, in which winning forward auction bidders can bid for specific frequency blocks. The following statement is attributable to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “Today, the FCC reached a major milestone in the world’s first...
FCC spectrum auction bidding ends at $19.6 billion (2/10/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! News / Reuters] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Friday that bidding in the wireless spectrum auction has ended at $19.6 billion, significantly less than many analysts had initially forecast. The so-called broadcast incentive spectrum auction is one of the commission’s most complex and ambitious to date and should be complete by April....
FCC: Spectrum Auction Ends at $19.6 Billion (2/10/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC’s incentive auction is finally over… almost. The clock phase of the action, where broadcasters gave up 84 MHz for about $10 billion and forward auction bidders—wireless companies and others including Comcast-NBCU—paid $19,632,506,746 for 70 MHz (the 84 minus guard bands) has ended. That means the treasury will get about $7...
Come On, Tell Us What You Got In The Auction (2/10/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Nine billion dollars is still unaccounted for. Four days after the FCC said it was OK for broadcasters to say how much they made in the reverse spectrum, only a handful have, and their total take is just $986.4 million. That’s out of the $10 billion the FCC pledged to pay them so...
Forward Auction Closes at $19.6 Million (2/10/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The fourth and final forward TV spectrum incentive auction has now closed at $19,632,506,746, but the auction itself is not over. Forward auction winners will next vie for specific frequencies. “The participation of these broadcasters and wireless carriers will enable the Commission to release 84 megahertz of spectrum into the broadband marketplace....
House Communications Subcommittee Sets FCC Reauthorization Hearing For March 8th (2/10/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FCC’s reauthorization, budget, spectrum auctions, and proceedings on MARCH 8th.  All three Commissioners are scheduled to appear. Chairman MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) said, “I’m looking forward to having new FCC Chairman (AJIT) PAI and Commissioners (MICHAEL) O’REILLY and (MIGNON)...
Blackburn Announces March 8th #SubCommTech FCC Hearing (2/10/2017) - [Source: Public] Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today announced that the subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, examining the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) reauthorization, budget, spectrum auctions, and proceedings. All three current commissioners are set to testify. ‘I’m looking forward to having new FCC Chairman Pai and Commissioners...
WVIA expects $26 million from sale of broadcast spectrum (2/10/2017) - [Source: The Times-Tribune] WVIA-TV expects to receive nearly $26 million from the Federal Communications Commission-driven sale of its airwaves in a move the station said will have little impact on viewers but will help secure the future of public broadcasting in Northeast Pennsylvania. WVIA disclosed the completed broadcast spectrum sale and announced it has entered...
Blackburn: Broadband Privacy Rule Rollback Could Start Soon (2/10/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee, says there could be a resolution on rolling back the FCC’s broadband privacy framework as early as Feb. 13. “We are talking and working with the Senate on this,” she said in an interview on C-SPAN’s Communicators. “I think using the...
Sinclair, WQED announce spectrum auction proceeds (2/10/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Sinclair Broadcast Group and WQED have joined the list of broadcasters releasing information about expected proceeds from the FCC’s current spectrum auction. Sinclair is expecting $313 million in gross proceeds from the auction and, like other broadcasters that have already released similar news, is expecting no material impact to its operations or...
Latest Sprint and T-Mobile merger rumor cites SoftBank as minority partner (2/10/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …there is currently no deal on the table as T-Mobile US is unable to discuss a merger as part of anti-collusion rules connected with the recently completed 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. A merger between the nation’s two smallest nationwide operators has been rumored for years, gaining momentum in early 2014...
Spectrum reallocations, sharing with 5G and IoT on the horizon (2/10/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] On this week’s “Carrier Wrap” we speak with Kevin Kelly, CEO at LGS Innovations, to look at potential challenges facing the mobile telecommunications space and regulators as the market begins to rely more heavily on spectrum reallocation and sharing to serve demand for mobile data services. Growing demand for new spectrum...
FCC Finalizes Repack Expense Guidance (2/10/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC has finalized its catalog of covered expenses in broadcasters transition to new spectrum in the post-incentive auction repack, and it has declined to make most of the Tweaks proposed by commenters. “We do not believe it is necessary to add…specific items to the Catalog because, to the extent that stations...
FCC Finalizes Auction Repack Expense Guidance (2/10/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has finalized its catalog of covered expenses in broadcasters transition to new spectrum in the post-incentive auction repack, and it has declined to make most of the Tweaks proposed by commenters. “We do not believe it is necessary to add…specific items to the Catalog because, to the extent that...
WQED reaps $9.9 million in frequency auction (2/10/2017) - [Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] …The public television station announced Thursday that it will reap $9.9 million from the sale of its broadcast frequency, enough to completely retire its long-term debt with a few million to spare. “I’m thrilled, I’m excited, it’s miraculous,” said Deborah Acklin, president and CEO of WQED. “It’s a reversal of fortune for...
Commentary: Spectrum sharing a way to keep Philly on cutting edge (2/10/2017) - [Source: Philly.com] …While the U.S. government is working to free up additional spectrum assets, through the ongoing incentive auction and the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding, supply challenges will persist. But solutions are in sight, and one promising and practical remedy will be spectrum sharing. For this concept to be viable, it must increase the overall value...
FCC Finalizes Catalog of Reimbursement Expenses (2/9/2017) - [Source: Benton Foundation / FCC] The Commission delegated authority to the Media Bureau (Bureau) to, among other things, develop a catalog of eligible reimbursement expenses (Catalog) to facilitate the process of reimbursing eligible broadcasters and Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) from the $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund (Fund). The Catalog is a non-exhaustive list,...
Sinclair to Walk Away From Spectrum Auction With $313M (2/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Continuing this week’s spate of announcements, Sinclair Broadcast Group Thursday said it expects to get $313 million from selling spectrum in the FCC’s broadcast auction. The company said in a statement it does not expect the sale to produce any material changes for the station group. Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker...
FCC bumps auction prices again as bids hit $19.6B (2/9/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC bumped up the incremental price increases for each round of bidding as the incentive auction plodded toward completion. Beginning Friday, the price will increase each round by 15%, up from the 10% increases that had been in place through Thursday. Additionally, the agency said bidders must use 100% of...
FCC Upping Price in Spectrum Auction (2/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is goosing the spectrum auction yet again as activity continues in smaller markets. At press time, the latest forward auction stage 4 bidding total was $19,598,252,025 after round 52, with still some activity in smaller markets including Fort Smith, Ark., and Walla Walla, Wash. The auction can’t end until...
Stations Get Word On Post-Auction Channels (2/9/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The FCC has begun sending out the co-called “confidential letters” to TV broadcasters telling them whether they have to move to new channels in the post-auction repack on the TV band, and if so, which ones, according to broadcasters and their attorneys. For the migrating stations, the letter stipulates when they have to...
FCC Tells Bidders to Go All In (2/9/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Forward auction bidders will have to go all in, starting tomorrow, Friday, Feb., 10, when the incremental price between rounds will also increase from 10 to 15 percent, the Federal Communications Commission auction team announced today. The commission boosted the activity requirement and the opening bid price per round as the auction...
FCC Upping Price in Spectrum Auction (2/9/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC is goosing the spectrum auction yet again as activity continues in smaller markets. At press time, the latest forward auction stage 4 bidding total was $19,598,252,025 after round 52, with still some activity in smaller markets including Fort Smith, Ark., and Walla Walla, Wash. The auction can’t end until there...
Sinclair Takes $313 Million in Auction Proceeds (2/9/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it expects to receive an estimated $313 million of gross proceeds from the TV spectrum incentive auction.  The results of the auction are not expected to produce any material change in operations or results for the company. The proceeds are expected to be received later this year. Sinclair...
Sinclair’s Auction Take: $313 Million (2/9/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Add Sinclair Broadcast Group to the growing list of broadcasters reporting revenue from the sale of spectrum in the FCC’s incentive auction. It said today it will receive an estimated $313 million. In a statement, the company said the results of the auction “are not expected to produce any material change in operations or...
Sinclair to Walk Away From Spectrum Auction With $313M (2/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Continuing this week’s spate of announcements, Sinclair Broadcast Group Thursday said it expects to get $313 million from selling spectrum in the FCC’s broadcast auction. The company said in a statement it does not expect the sale to produce any material changes for the station group. Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker...
CMU Selling Flint Public Television Station For $14 Million (2/9/2017) - [Source: 9 & 10 News] Central Michigan University is selling its Flint public television station for a whopping $14 million. It all started last year when CMU applied to the FCC for eligibility to take part in their broadcast spectrum auction. The CMU board of trustees approved the plan to offer WCMU’s public broadcasting station...
Sinclair Announces Results of Spectrum Auction (2/9/2017) - [Source: Military Technologies] Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced that it expects to receive an estimated $313 million of gross proceeds from the National Broadband Plan Spectrum Auction. The results of the auction are not expected to produce any material change in operations or results for the Company. The proceeds are expected to be received...
Appendix, IATF and MB Adopt Updated Catalog of Reimbursement Expenses (2/9/2017) - [Source: FCC.gov] Full Title: Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Finalize Catalog of Reimbursement Expenses. Description: This Public Notice adopts the updates previously proposed to the catalog of eligible reimbursement expenses and also adopts the proposed economic methodology for adjusting the baseline costs listed in the catalog throughout the reimbursement period
Tampa, Fla. Public TV Station Going Dark After Selling Spectrum (2/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The University of South Florida is the second school this week to announce it will be turning off its public television station after selling its spectrum in the FCC auction. The university will get $18.7 million for its spectrum, WUSF Public Media reports. The station’s last day has not yet been...
Spectrum Auction: Total Nears $19.6 Billion (2/9/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] In the last four rounds of Wednesday’s spectrum auction bidding, the total increased by only about $23 million, from $19,549,026,018 in round 44 to $19,572,715,022  in round 47. Round 48 begins at 10 a.m. Thursday in what will be the last stage of the forward auction and the last stage of...
USF sells TV license; WUSF going off the air (2/9/2017) - [Source: 10News WTSP] The University of South Florida will be selling its TV broadcasting license, which will mean WUSF-TV is going off the air. The college is selling the license for $18,754,503 as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. WUSF-TV will go off the air later this year within six months after proceeds from...
University of South Florida sells WUSF-TV’s broadcast license in FCC auction (2/9/2017) - [Source: WFTS ABC Action News] The University of South Florida is set to pocket more than $18.7 million after the sale of WUSF-TV’s broadcast license but lose the longtime campus-owned television station later this year. On Wednesday the university announced the sale, which took place as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction,...
USF sells TV station; will go off air (2/8/2017) - [Source: Bradenton Herald] The University of South Florida has sold WUSF television as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s spectrum auction, the university announced Wednesday night, and the station will go off the air later this year. The change does not affect WEDU, the area’s other public TV station, which is owned by Florida West...
WUSF TV Signal Sold; Station Will End Operations (2/8/2017) - [Source: WUSF News] The University of South Florida has sold WUSF Television as part of the Federal Communication Commissions’s spectrum auction. The license for the station was sold for $18.7 million. As part of its Broadcast Incentive Auction, the federal government is buying signals from broadcasters around the country to sell to wireless network providers....
WUSF-TV auctioned for $18.7 million, will end production (2/8/2017) - [Source: The Oracle] After standing as a pillar of campus broadcasting for the past 50 years, WUSF-TV will end its production late this year after its license was auctioned off for $18.7 million, the school announced Wednesday. This move is because the broadcast station didn’t “align with our resources and mission and vision,” said university...
Auction nets USF $18.8M, but spells end to WUSF-TV (2/8/2017) - [Source: Tampa Bay Times] The University of South Florida has sold WUSF-TV’s public broadcast license for $18.8 million, bringing an end to the station’s run of more than 50 years. The station will go off the air late this year, once USF receives its proceeds at the close of what is known as the Federal...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Reaps Rewards for Stations, but Didn’t Live Up to Predictions (2/8/2017) - [Source: Variety] As broadcast station groups like Fox Television Stations and Tribune Media report hundreds of millions of dollars in expected proceeds from the FCC’s auction of spectrum, the windfall comes with a caveat: The sell-off of the airwaves hasn’t lived up to the hype. Before the auction started last spring, some financial analysts had...
WUSF-TV license sold, station going off the air (2/8/2017) - [Source: Herald Tribune] The University of South Florida on Wednesday announced the sale of WUSF-TV’s public broadcast license for $18.8 million as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. As a result of USF’s decision to sell its license, WUSF-TV will go off the air later this year after proceeds from the auction...
University to sell Flint broadcast station for $14 million (2/8/2017) - [Source: Central Michigan Life] Following a year of silence, Central Michigan University officials have announced they will sell their Flint public broadcasting station for $14 million. The sale is part of the Federal Communication Commission’s spectrum auction. The auction is the first of its kind and was set in motion to clear broadcast bandwidth for broadband providers. The...
WUSF-TV fetches millions for broadcasting license, will go off the air (2/8/2017) - [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal] WUSF-TV will go off the air later this year, now that the University of South Florida has sold its public broadcast license for more than $18.75 million. The sale was part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction, which gave license holders the opportunity to auction off their rights...
WUSF-TV to go off the air after its license is sold (2/8/2017) - [Source: Sunshine State News] After more than 50 years of broadcasting in the Tampa Bay area, WUSF-TV will soon be leaving the airwaves. USF officials announced on Wednesday that they have sold the public broadcast license for WUSF-TV for $18.7 million as part of the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction. As a result of USF’s decision...
Central Michigan selling Flint PBS station for $14 million (2/8/2017) - [Source: The Washington Times] Central Michigan University says it will end public television broadcasts from Flint in about three months after selling its station there for $14 million. The sale announced Wednesday follows a Federal Communications Commission broadcast spectrum auction to gain spectrum for cellular and digital services. University spokeswoman Heather Smith says 99 percent of...
Fox Takes in $350 Million From Tepid FCC Airwaves Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: The Wall Street Journal] 21st Century Fox said it would receive about $350 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s auction of television airwaves that will then be offered for purchase by telecommunications and cable firms for cellular use. The complex reverse auction was completed last month, and the FCC said it would pay about $10.1 billion...
Tribune Collects $190 Million in Spectrum Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Tribune Media is the latest broadcast group to announce how much money they got in the FCC’s spectrum auction, which is winding down but has already set the broadcaster payout total at about $10 billion. Tribune Media said it had gotten about $190 million of that. As with other broadcasters—Foxand Gray—Tribune...
Tribune Collects $190 Million in Spectrum Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Tribune Media is the latest broadcast group to announce how much money they got in the FCC’s spectrum auction, which is winding down but has already set the broadcaster payout total at about $10 billion. Tribune Media said it had gotten about $190 million of that. As with other broadcasters—Foxand Gray—Tribune...
Tribune Media To Get $190M From Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Tribune Media Co. announced Wednesday afternoon that it will get approximately $190 million from selling spectrum in the FCC’s incentive auction. Like Fox Television Stations and Gray Television, earlier reported taking in $350 million and $90.8 million, respectively, from the auction, Tribune did not say which stations it sold. “The anticipated proceeds reflect...
Fox TV expecting $350M in proceeds from FCC’s broadcast spectrum auctions (2/8/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] Fox Television Stations is expecting to receive approximately $350 million in proceeds from the FCC’s broadcast incentive auctions. “The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by Fox Television Stations during the auction to relinquish spectrum used by certain of its television stations,” the company said...
Tribune Expects $190 Million in Spectrum Auction Proceeds (2/8/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Tribune Media announced that it anticipates receiving approximately $190 million in pre-tax proceeds from the Federal Communication Commission’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. Tribune indicated that the commission accepted one more if its bids or those of its channel-sharing partners: “ The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one...
Getting From Here to ATSC 3.0 (2/8/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …the FCC has recently issued a Notice of Public Rulemaking seeking public comment on the deployment of ATSC 3.0. This is happening alongside another major move by the FCC: the DTV spectrum auction, followed by the repack. Although the transition to ATSC 3.0 and the auction/repack are decoupled, many broadcasters are hoping that...
WCMU Flint, Mich. Will go Dark After FCC Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] WCMZ-TV‚ the Flint, Michigan satellite of PBS affiliate WCMU-TV —will be signing off at the end of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. Central Michigan University, which owns the station, said Wednesday it is selling the station’s spectrum for $14 million, given that 99% of Flint viewers have access to other PBS stations. The...
Flint Public Station Going Dark After Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] WCMZ-TV‚ the Flint, Michigan satellite of PBS affiliate WCMU-TV —will be signing off at the end of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. Central Michigan University, which owns the station, said Wednesday it is selling the station’s spectrum for $14 million, given that 99% of Flint viewers have access to other PBS stations. The...
WUSF TV License Sold; Station Will End Operations (2/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The University of South Florida has sold WUSF Television as part of the Federal Communication Commissions’s spectrum auction. The license for the station was sold for $18.7 million. As part of its Broadcast Incentive Auction, the federal government is buying signals from broadcasters around the country to sell to wireless network providers. WUSF...
OTA Broadcasting: Let Stations Under Repack Hood (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] OTA Broadcasting—which was formed in 2011 by computer pioneer Michael Dell to buy up stations presumably to offer up in the FCC spectrum auction so the spectrum could be repurposed for wireless broadband—has asked the FCC to let private industry help out more in the post-auction repack. The FCC’s spectrum auction...
CMU sells Flint PBS station (2/8/2017) - [Source: The Morning Sun] In what Central Michigan University President George Ross called “a difficult decision,” the university will sell its Flint Public Broadcasting station for $14 million… Plans have been outlined for the university’s five public television and eight radio stations following the Federal Communications Commission’s landmark broadcast spectrum auction, which was conducted to...
FCC Spectrum Auction Bids Slow to Trickle (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] In the first two “lightning rounds” of the final stage of the FCC’s spectrum auction Wednesday, the total inched up $27 million in round 42 to $19,524,067,702 but then only $11 million in round 43 to $19,535,666,018—the smallest increase yet in any stage four forward auction round. The FCC increased the...
Fox Stations Getting $350M From Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Fox Television Stations said today that it stands to earn $350 million from selling spectrum in the FCC’s incentive auction. Like Gray Television, which yesterday reported taking in $90.8 million from the auction, Fox did not say which stations it sold. “The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids...
Fox Television Says It Will See $350M From FCC Spectrum Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Deadline Hollywood] The FCC told TV stations this week that they can start to talk openly about their expected take from the agency’s airwave spectrum auction — and some, including Fox Television, are beginning to put real numbers on the process. Fox says today it expects to see $350 million in 2017. That reflects...
…Million From FCC’s Spectrum Auction (2/8/2017) - [Source: Variety] The results of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction are starting to roll in, now that the gag order preventing station owners from publicly discussing the process has been lifted. 21st Century Fox said Wednesday it expects to receive about $350 million from its participation in the auction. Tribune Media said it expects to...
Fox Stations Getting $350M for Its Spectrum (2/8/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Fox Television Stations Wednesday said it expects its take from the FCC’s reverse spectrum auction to hit $350 million. In an announcement, the group said the amount reflects the FCC’s acceptance of one or more of its bids to relinquish spectrum used by particular TV stations. The deal isn’t expected to...
BRIEF-Fox Television Stations announces FCC spectrum auction proceeds (2/8/2017) - [Source: Reuters] * says it anticipates it will receive proceeds in current calendar year * Fox television stations announces FCC spectrum auction proceeds * says anticipates receiving approximately $350 million in proceeds * says spectrum sale is not expected to lead to any material change in operations or results for fox television stations
Fox Television Stations Announces FCC Spectrum Auction Proceeds (2/8/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] Fox Television Stations, LLC, a unit of 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX), announced today that it anticipates receiving approximately $350 million in proceeds resulting from the Federal Communication Commission’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by Fox...
16 people to watch in tech (2/8/2017) - [Source: The Hill] David Redl, Chief counsel for communications and technology, House Energy and Commerce Committee… Then-Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) gave him an order: help write the law that would trigger a landmark auction of broadcast spectrum to the wireless industry. “I’m in a position to actually get to see just four years afterwards whether or...
Needed: A Universal FCC Deadline Policy (2/8/2017) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] …Certain bureaus have dismissed a petition for reconsideration filed one day late, are more than willing to cancel Commission-issued licenses that are not in compliance, and exclude auction participants that miss a deadline at the drop of a hat.  For instance, in the auction context, an applicant whose down payment was...
TV Stations Can Get Back to M&A Talks, Now That FCC Has Ended Quiet Period (2/7/2017) - [Source: The Street] TV station units of conglomerates such as CBS (CBS) , Fox (FOXA) , Cablevision’s (CMCSA) NBC and more focused broadcast groups such as Sinclair (SBGI) and Nexstar (NXST) can now reopen talks about strategic matters, including acquisitions, after the Federal Communications Commission on Monday lifted a quiet period related to a wireless spectrum auction. The...
No Job Cuts in Gray TV $91M Auction Take (2/7/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Gray Television did not say Tuesday morning which of its 64 TV stations would be affected when it announced expected auction proceeds of $90.824 million. The company did say, however, that operations would not be materially affected, which means the company may be working out channel-sharing arrangements. “The actions necessary to receive...
FCC waives quiet period auction rules for broadcasters (2/7/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] With the broadcast incentive auction winding down, the FCC has waived the quiet period rules that barred broadcasters from discussing auction activity with one another. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the waiver was “an important step to facilitate a rapid and orderly repack of television broadcast stations following the close of...
FCC ups bidding rounds as incentive auction tops $19.45B (2/7/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC once again increased the number of rounds per day to spur action as bidding in the incentive auction approached the $19.5 billion mark. Bidders had committed to spend $19.45 billion on TV broadcasters’ airwaves by the end of round 38 in Stage 4 of the auction this morning, marking...
Spectrum Auction Bidding Slows (2/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction appeared to be winding down Tuesday (Feb. 7), with forward auction bidders boosting the total in the fourth, and last, stage by only $47 million dollars in four rounds, the smallest uptick over that many rounds since the auction met its benchmarks for closing Jan. 18. The...
Gray TV anticipating $90.8M in broadcast spectrum auction proceeds (2/7/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] With the broadcast incentive auctions winding down, Gray Television today revealed (PDF) it’s expecting nearly $91 million in proceeds from the reverse auction. According to a news release, Gray’s anticipated proceeds “reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by Gray during the auction to modify and/or surrender spectrum used...
FCC: Deals Can Be Struck for TV Stations in Auction (2/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC said Monday that, absent a waiver, broadcasters are free to start negotiating deals for stations that participated in the spectrum auction. Those deals will not be approved until the clock phase of the auction is completed (there will be a second auction to assign specific spectrum to winning forward auction...
Gray’s Spectrum Payoff to Ring In at $90.8M (2/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Gray Television said Tuesday it expects to reap $90.8 million from participating in the FCC’s spectrum auction. In an announcement, the station group said the proceeds stem from the FCC accepting one or more of its bids for spectrum used by particular TV stations. The move won’t impact jobs or operations...
FCC to Speed Up Spectrum Auction Bidding (2/7/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Bidders in round 37 of stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction pushed the total to $19,410,736,548 late Monday afternoon, up from $19,385,151,536 in round 36 and $19,354,875,595 in round 35. Tuesday will be the final day of four-rounds-per-day bidding, an hour per round. On Wednesday, the FCC...
Gray To Get $90.8M From Spectrum Auction (2/7/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Gray Television said today that it anticipates receiving $90,824,000 in proceeds from the FCC’s recently completed reverse spectrum auction. “The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by Gray during the auction to modify and/or surrender spectrum” used by some of its stations.It continued: “Significantly, the actions necessary...
BRIEF-Gray announces FCC Spectrum auction proceeds (2/7/2017) - [Source: Reuters] Gray announces FCC Spectrum auction proceeds Anticipates receiving $ 90.8 million in proceeds from federal communication commission’s recently completed broadcast Spectrum reverse auction Anticipate that proceeds will be received by Gray in second or Q3 of 2017
FCC Partially Lifts Auction Quiet Period (2/6/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] With the incentive auction winding down, the FCC on Monday lifted the so-called quiet period enabling broadcasters who participated in the incentive auction to once again talk freely among themselves and negotiate freely to buy or sell their stations. The action “will serve the public interest in a rapid, non-disruptive post-auction transition by...
FCC Waives Auction Quiet Period (2/6/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission today waived the quiet period that enjoined broadcasters from talking shop during the TV spectrum incentive auction. After the auction closing criteria were met by wireless bidders Jan. 18, broadcasters were no longer subject to another round of reverse auction bidding, and broadcast attorneys started asking when stations...
NAB Statement on FCC Waiver of Incentive Auction Quiet Period Rule (2/6/2017) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] [From NAB Exec. VP of Communications] Dennis Wharton: “With the TV spectrum auction nearing completion, it is perfectly appropriate to lift some of the so-called ‘quiet rules’ that barred discussions among broadcasters prior to and during the auction. NAB supports today’s common sense FCC action and looks forward to completing...
Chairman Pai Statement on Post Incentive Auction Transition (2/6/2017) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] Today, we are taking an important step to facilitate a rapid and orderly repack of television broadcast stations following the close of the incentive auction. Specifically, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is waiving the rules prohibiting communication between parties of any incentive auction applicant’s reverse auction bids or bidding strategies. Broadcasters have...
FCC Waives TV Station Auction Quiet Period (2/6/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will waive its rules prohibiting TV stations that participated in the reverse portion of the incentive auction from communicating bids and bid strategies. The FCC will let broadcasters start doing some talking with each other now that their part of the spectrum auction is over, and has...
FCC Updates TVStudy Repack Software (2/6/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] …TV IX check mode is said to support the 1 percent coverage contour increase and the 5 percent population decrease thresholds to be used during the first 90 days after the Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice is released in the coming weeks. “Additionally, to facilitate post-auction filings, TVStudy has...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Just Keeps on Going (2/6/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Round 34 of stage four—the last stage—of the forward portion of the incentive auction continued to edge up as bidders pushed the total to $19,354,875,595, up about $27 million from round 33’s $19,327,314,729 last Friday. Round 33 was up about $30 million from round 32, an afternoon round on Friday. Last week the...
Freeze on the Filing of Applications for Digital Companion Channels (2/5/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …Effective immediately, the Media Bureau announces a freeze on the filing of applications for digital companion channels for low power television (LPTV) and TV translator stations. The incentive auction is being conducted pursuant to Title VI of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. It includes a “reverse...
ATSC 3.0 chips in the iPhone and other smartphones? Don’t hold your breath (2/3/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Both AT&T and CTIA, a group serving wireless industry interests, have urged the FCC to not award channel repack funds to broadcasters for ATSC 3.0 transition work following the end of the 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions. Verizon, though it may have cooled to the idea of offering video over LTE-broadcast...
Spectrum Auction: Bidders Up Ante to $19,264,644,453 (2/3/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Bidders in stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction continued to battle for spectrum blocks in smaller markets Friday, with round 30 coming in at $19,227,253,461, up about 33 million from $19,194,000,446 in round 29, and round 31 adding another $37 million or so. Thursday’s bidding saw the auction...
Following Round 29, Spectrum Auction Now FCC’s Second Largest (2/2/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The bid totals in stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction continued to rise Thursday (Feb. 2), reaching $19.12 billion in Round 27, then $19.16 in round 28, and finally $19.19 in round 29, when it pushed past the 2008 700-MHz spectrum auction into second place for gross...
Transition Progress Report Form and Filing Requirements for Stations Eligible for Reimbursement From the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund (2/2/2017) - [Source: Federal Register] …the [FCC] describes the information that must be provided in periodic progress reports… by full power and Class A television stations that are eligible to receive payment of relocation expenses from the TV Broadcast Relocation Fund in connection with their being assigned to a new channel through the Incentive Auction. The Commission previously...
Spectrum Auction Now FCC’s Second Largest (2/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The bid totals in stage four of the forward portion of the FCC‘s spectrum auction continued to rise Thursday, from $19,121,911,442 in round 27, to $19,157,904,455 in round 28, to $19,194,000,446 in round 29, pushing past the 2008 700 MHz spectrum auction into second place of all time. The AWS-3 wireless auction...
Pai’s Deregulatory Approach Augurs FCC Overhaul (2/2/2017) - [Source: EE Times] …Less clear is Pai’s involvement in looming policy issues such as wireless and mobile services – the core of the FCC’s mandate – as they relate to autonomous vehicles, 5G deployment and the aftermath of the current broadcast incentive spectrum auction. Initially, Pai’s focus will be on eliminating the Open Internet rules,...
Incentive auction passes $19B as bidding heats up—slightly (2/2/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum passed the $19 billion mark late Wednesday and continued this morning as bidding heated up—slightly, at least—after the FCC moved earlier this week to bump incremental price increases for each round. Bidders had committed $19.08 billion as the 27th round of bidding opened at...
Spectrum Auction: Price Ticks Up in Round 26 (2/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction shows no signs of winding down quite yet. In the most recent round (26) of stage four of the forward portion of the auction, bidders bid up the total by about $43 million to $19,081,165,426 versus $19,038,558,451 in round 25, and demand continued to surpass supply in...
NAB: ATSC 3.0 Will Foster Innovation, Diversity (2/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Reaction was swift to new FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to propose letting broadcasters roll out the new ATSC 3.0 transmission standard. “NAB strongly supports the FCC moving ahead on two proceedings of significant importance to broadcasters – a rulemaking on Next Gen Television and an AM revitalization order,” said National...
FCC’s Pai Moves to Jump-start ATSC 3.0 Rollout (2/2/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] New FCC chairman Ajit Pai signaled Thursday (Feb. 2) that he wants broadcasters to be able to start working on tomorrow’s TV today. Pai, who has only been in the job since Jan. 20, wasted no time prioritizing that goal. He has already circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the other...
FCC’s Pai Proposes ATSC 3.0 Rollout (2/2/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] New FCC chairman Ajit Pai signaled Thursday that he wants broadcasters to be able to start working on tomorrow’s TV today. Pai, who has only been in the job since Jan. 20, wasted no time prioritizing that goal. He has already circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the other commissioners that would allow...
Spectrum Auction Cracks $19 Billion (2/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Stage 4 of the forward portion of the FCC‘s spectrum auction pushed past the $19 billion mark in round 24 Wednesday, with bidders offering up $19,006,009,428 in that round, up about $30 million from $18,970,686,415, then adding another $38 million to $19,038,558,451 in round 25. Broadcasters won’t be getting any of...
Spectrum auction slows, 5G plans ramp and MWC preview – Carrier Wrap Ep. 58 (2/1/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The FCC auction recently hit a significant milestone with potential winning bids in the forward auction process hitting targets set by television broadcasters in the reverse auction proceedings. This means the auction itself is now down to just forward bidding and is set to come to a conclusion during the current...
Spectrum Auction: Total Increases By $64 Million (2/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] In the second round since the FCC boosted its asking price increase by 10% per round, bidders in the fourth, and last, stage of the forward portion of the spectrum auction bid up the total by $42 million—to $18,970,686,415 in round 23 from $18,928,450,387 in round 22. The auction has already met...
Dish picks up 28 GHz spectrum in asset swap with EchoStar (2/1/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Dish continues to sit on a sizable spectrum portfolio, although its plans for those airwaves are unclear, as is the value of that spectrum. Lackluster interest in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction has led some analysts to suggest that the general value of spectrum appears to be on the wane. However,...
Spectrum Auction Total Increases by $64 Million (2/1/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] In the first round since the FCC boosted its asking price increase by 10%, bidders bid up the total by $64 million in round 22 of stage four of the forward portion of the spectrum incentive auction. After averaging about $20 million increases per round for many days, rounds 20 and...
FCC Is Asked To Reopen Broadcast Communication Channels (1/31/2017) - [Source: Law360] Washington, D.C., law firm Wiley Rein LLP urged the Federal Communications Monday to drop rules barring certain communications by TV broadcasters during the ongoing broadcast incentive auction, saying their portion of the sale is complete and there is no risk of an effect on bids or strategies. Kathleen A Kirby, co-chair of the...
Auction Bid Total Jumps By Another $73 Million (1/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] After chugging along with per-round bid total boosts in the $20 million range for many days, rounds 20 and 21 of stage four of the forward portion of the FCC spectrum auction saw big jumps of about $75 million and $73 million, respectively. The round 21 total was $18,864,090,387, up from...
Spectrum Auction Bid Total Jumps By $75 Million (1/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] After chugging along with per-round bid total boosts in the $20 million range for many days, round 20 of stage four of the forward portion of the FCC spectrum auction saw a big jump of about $75 million. The round 20 total was $18,791,387, up from $18,715,312,391 in round 19. The...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Heads to Round 20 (1/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] It was on to round 20 for the FCC’s spectrum auction as bidders in round 19 of stage four of the forward auction continued to vie for spectrum blocks in smaller markets, pushing the total to $18,715,312,391, up $21 million from $18,694,030,387 in round 18. The auction has already met its two...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Moves to Round 19 (1/31/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] It was on to round 19 for the FCC’s spectrum auction as bidders in round 18 of stage four of the forward auction continued to vie for spectrum blocks in smaller markets, pushing the total to $18,694,030,387, up about $23 million over round 17’s $18,670,477,387. The auction has already met its two...
Incentive auction crawls past $18.67B in bids (1/31/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC will bump up the incremental price increase for each round of bidding in its latest move to spur activity that has slowed to a crawl in recent days. Beginning Wednesday, the agency will increase the price of spectrum by 10% per round, up from 5%. Bidders committed another $21...
Dielectric Celebrates 75th Anniversary (1/31/2017) - [Source: Radio Online] Dielectric is celebrating 75 years of providing purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters. The company is preparing for brisk business associated with the US TV spectrum repack and continued global investment in FM radio infrastructure in 2017. Based in Raymond, Maine, Dielectric helped pioneer the broadcast age in...
FCC Is Boosting Per-Round Auction Asking Prices (1/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Looking to speed the conclusion of the auction yet again, the FCC Monday (Jan. 30) said it will raise the asking price in each round. Stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction moved to its 18th round (Tuesday at 10 a.m.) after bidders upped their ante by...
Broadcast Lawyers to FCC: Can We Talk? (1/30/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Broadcast attorneys are asking incentive auction organizers when they can talk, already. Now that the reverse auction is complete and new TV station channel assignments are being finalized, attorneys say there’s no more need for the quiet period that prohibited communications among broadcasters during the auction. “I am writing to encourage the...
Wiley Rein To FCC: Ease Anti-Collusion Rules (1/30/2017) - [Source: Wiley on Media] This morning, on behalf of Wiley Rein, I filed a letter encouraging the FCC to issue a formal declaration that, with the final stage rule satisfied, no communications by broadcasters about the reverse auction can violate the Commission’s prohibition on certain auction-related communications.  The Incentive Auction has handcuffed the broadcast television...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Pushes on to Round 16 (1/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction will continue into round 16 after participants in the forward auction, round 15 of stage four, bid up the total price to   $18,627,621,387, up a hair over $20 million from $18,607,285,387 in round 14. The forward auction bidders are nothing if not consistent, staying around that $20...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Slugfest Goes to Round 15 (1/30/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction will continue into round 15 after participants in the forward auction, stage 4, bid up the total price to $18,607,285,387 Monday, up about $24 million from $18,583,877,387 in round 14 Friday. The FCC increased the number of rounds Monday from two to four to help move the process along. The broadcasters’ payout in the...
Auction Slugfest Goes to Round 15 (1/30/2017) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC’s spectrum auction will continue into round 15 after participants in the forward auction, stage 4, bid up the total price to $18,607,285,387 Monday (Jan. 30),  up about $24 million from $18,583,877,387 in round 14 Friday. The FCC increased the number of rounds Monday from 2 to four to help move the...
A Broadcaster’s Guide To Washington Issues (1/30/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …For TV broadcasters, change is likely to happen on many fronts, not least of which is in connection with spectrum issues. The incentive auction continues, but there is an end in sight as the current Stage 4 will be the last one. After the auction, stations will be repacked into the new, smaller...
Post-Auction: 39 Months or Bust (1/27/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] There’s no avoiding a deadline. TV stations displaced by the spectrum incentive auction will have 39 months from channel-assignment public notification to shut down transmissions on pre-auction frequencies. This, according to the Public Notice on Procedures for the Post-Incentive Auction Broadcast Transition, released today by the Federal Communications Commission. (Click on the...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Moves Forward to Round 14 (1/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The new total for stage four, round 13, of the FCC spectrum auction is $18,583,877,387, up about $18.5 billion from $18,565,289,387 in round 12. Round 14 begins Monday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. The FCC Friday released its plans for repacking TV stations after the auction, which will wrap up after stage four. Broadcasters will...
NAB Asks for Repack Reporting Tweaks (1/27/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Yes or no does not always the question answer, the National Association of Broadcasters told the folks at the Federal Communications Commission regarding a proposed form for periodic channel-repacking reports. “While NAB generally believes the questions are substantively appropriate, many questions simply are not amenable to yes or no responses. Throughout the...
FCC Unveils Plans, Procedures For Repack (1/27/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] With the incentive auction now in mop-up mode, the FCC signaled it is moving on, issuing a basic plan and detailed procedures for repacking TV stations into a shrunken TV band. The repacking involves moving hundreds of stations to new channels within 39 months. The FCC said it will manage the channel migration...
FCC Adopts Phased TV Station Repack Plan (1/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] As the FCC’s spectrum auction winds down, the Media Bureau was busy Friday with what comes next—establishing the outlines of the phased TV station relocation transition and in the process denying some broadcaster requests for changes and granting others. An FCC source said one of the goals was to provide more flexibility for broadcasters....
A Verizon-Charter Deal Would Have Serious Implications for Dish (1/27/2017) - [Source: The Street] …Dish also is taking part in an ongoing FCC auction of broadcast TV licenses. T-Mobile and Verizon also are participating. As a result, the companies cannot hold talks for the moment. Rules meant to prevent collusion between bidders in government spectrum auctions bar strategic discussions between participants. The restrictions could lift as...
FCC Outlines Post-Incentive Auction Transition (1/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has released its procedures public notice for repacking TV stations after the broadcast incentive auction, which is currently wrapping up. According to the FCC’s Media Bureau, the notice provides “detailed information, instructions, and projected deadlines for filing applications related to the post-incentive auction broadcast transition.” That includes information about filing...
‘We doubt Verizon-Charter can or will happen,’ analyst says (1/27/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] While reports of Verizon’s interest in purchasing Charter Communications have spiked the shares of the No. 2 cable operator, not to mention the imagination of the broader telecom and media industries, MoffettNathanson principal analyst Craig Moffett doesn’t think a deal is going to happen. “We doubt it can or will happen,”...
FCC’s Forward Auction Moves to Round 13 (1/27/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Spectrum auction forward bidders boosted the auction total by another $20 million in round 12 of stage four Friday morning, increasing from $18,545,525,787 to $18,565,289,387. There will be one more two-hour round Friday afternoon before the FCC boosts the number of rounds to four and cuts the time per round from four hours to two, starting Jan....
Telecom Stock Roundup: Mixed Q4 for Verizon, AT&T and Qualcomm, FCC to Close Incentive Auction (1/26/2017) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zacks] …FCC’s ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction… finally cleared all criteria at the Stage 4 of the forward bidding process. With this, the FCC will complete the whole Incentive Auction process after declaring the name of the spectrum winners. The much hyped auction has turned out to be a...
FCC ups rounds in incentive auction to spur ‘anemic’ bidding (1/26/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Forward bidding in the final stage of the FCC’s incentive auction “is proceeding at an anemic pace,” BTIG Research said, pushing back the expected time when bidders will once again be able to discuss potential spectrum deals. And on Thursday, the FCC boosted the number of rounds per day in an...
Broadcasters Lobby FCC To Refine Auction Repack Report (1/26/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission — when mulling potential changes to reporting requirements for broadcast television stations’ repackaging effort following an incentive auction to clear a chunk of spectrum for wireless use — should not suggest that stations must operate with diminished coverage, the National Association of Broadcasters said Wednesday. The NAB submitted its...
Round 11 Raises $23 Million; 1-Hour Bid Rounds Start Monday (1/26/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The TV spectrum incentive Stage 4 Round 11 forward auction raised a total of $23 million ($23,013,000) when bidding in the round concluded Thursday afternoon. All told, before discounts, the auction has raised a total of $18.5 billion ($18,545,525,787), inching up in successive rounds since closing conditions were met on Jan. 18....
Round 11: FCC’s Spectrum Auction Brings in Another $23 Million (1/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The forward auction will continue to an even dozen rounds Friday as stage 4 appears to have found a comfort zone of continued sporadic bidding in smaller markets that boosts the bid total in each round by about $20 million, give or take a few million, and keeps the auction going until...
FCC Is Increasing Spectrum Auction Rounds (1/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is boosting the number of bidding rounds in the fourth, and last, stage of the broadcast incentive auction. On Jan. 30, it will move from two two-hour rounds to four one-hour rounds in an effort to goose the bidding. In addition, the FCC has released some information on the assignment phase...
Spectrum Auction Bidders Boost Tally by $17 Million (1/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s incentive auction will continue into round 11 Thursday afternoon after round 10 saw the bid total increase a little over $17 million to $18,522,512,787 as bidders continued to vie for spectrum blocks in smaller markets. The broadcasters’ payout has already been set at about $10 billion for...
NAB Offers Caveats To Repack Progress Form (1/26/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] NAB says the FCC should change its auction repack progress form to remove any suggestion that broadcasters can or should be forced to operate on backup facilities that do not allow it to maintain coverage for an indefinite period of time. The suggestion came in comments on the FCC’s proposed form for the...
NAB to FCC: Don’t Force Us to Underserve Viewers (1/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters has told the FCC it is “a fiction” that its “arbitrary” 39-month deadline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction is achievable and warns it not to compel TV stations to provide diminished coverage in service of that deadline. That came in comments on the FCC proposed...
NAB to FCC: Don’t Force Us to Underserve Viewers (1/26/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters has told the FCC it is “a fiction” that its “arbitrary” 39-month deadline for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction is achievable and warns it not to compel TV stations to provide diminished coverage in service of that deadline. That came in comments on the FCC proposed...
FCC’s Incentive Auction Moves to Round Nine (1/25/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Stage four of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction will continue to round nine Thursday, after bidding in smaller markets continued to increase the total by a few more million, which will be going to the Treasury. Forward auction bidders bid up the total for 70 MHz of spectrum to $18,505,053,387,...
Meredith: Super Bowl To Hold Down 1Q Rev (1/25/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …As for the spectrum auction, [Local Media Group President Paul Karpowicz] noted that the FCC-imposed cone of silence is still in effect but added that all signs indicate that the auction is winding up its final act. He said he anticipates being able to discuss the company’s participation in a week to 10 days.
FCC’s Incentive Auction Proceeds to Stage 4, Round 8 (1/25/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Like the spectrum auction version of the Energizer bunny, stage four of the spectrum incentive auction just keeps on going and going. Forward auction bidders bid up the total for 70 MHz of spectrum to $18,483,638,387, up about $22 million from $18,461,523,987 in round seven. That activity insured that the auction...
FCC Chairman Pai vows to close broadband “digital divide” (1/25/2017) - [Source: Ars Technica] Pai didn’t offer any specific initiatives for closing the digital divide yesterday, but in September 2016 he outlined a “digital empowerment agenda.” The plan included… setting aside 10 percent of spectrum auction proceeds for deployment of mobile broadband in rural areas. Pai suggested requiring mobile carriers to build out service to 95 percent...
Incentive Auction ‘Success’: A Skeptic’s View (1/25/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] On Jan. 18, two days before he left office, former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a statement lauding the completion of the incentive auction. “[T]he benefits of the auction are indisputable,” he said. “We will repurpose 70 MHz of high-value, completely clear low-band spectrum for mobile broadband on a nationwide basis. On...
FCC Priorities Under Republican Leadership (1/25/2017) - [Source: The National Law Review] Spectrum Policy: What has the FCC Done?  Unlike the Net Neutrality rules, Commissioner Pai and his Democratic colleagues have generally agreed that additional spectrum should be made available to private enterprises.  President Obama committed to making 500 MHz of federal and non-federal spectrum available for mobile and fixed wireless broadband...
Spectrum Sellers Won’t Be Known Until March (1/25/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] When the FCC announced last week that bidding by wireless carriers in the forward auction was sufficient to meet its obligations to pay the broadcasters who sold stations in the reverse auction and cover repacking and administrative costs, it essentially closed the reverse auction. So, the winning broadcasters now know who they are...
FCC’s Airwaves Auction Gets Mixed Reviews (1/24/2017) - [Source: Law360] An experimental incentive auction launched by the Federal Communications Commission to clear a chunk of spectrum for wireless use is set to wrap soon, but experts say the outcome is far from a resounding success and the revenues for many broadcasters are well short of expectations. Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week...
Pai Names FCC Bureau, Office Chiefs (1/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] New FCC chairman Ajit Pai has named new bureau chiefs and heads of various FCC offices, as well as signaling those who will be remaining in their current posts, including longtime engineering guru Julie Knapp and Incentive Auction Task Force chief Gary Epstein. Longtime Media Bureau chief Bill Lake will be...
Forward Bidders Add $21 Million to Pot (1/24/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction continued its slow roll Tuesday afternoon, with bidders upping the ante by about $21 million in round seven to $18,461,523,987 (it was $18,440,023,987 in round six) and ensuring the bidding will continue into round eight of stage four of the forward auction. The auction will close after this forward...
Pai Announces FCC Staff Appointments (1/24/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] [Alison Nemeth, Acting Media Adviser] will advise Chairman Pai on media issues. She… has worked on a variety of legal and policy issues in both the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus relating to broadcast television licensing, transactions, the broadcast incentive auction, privacy, and device security. Previously, Nemeth worked as an interim legal advisor for media...
Spectrum Forward Auction Inches Into Round 5 (1/23/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s spectrum auction is not done just yet. As of round 4 of stage 4 in what is essentially the clean-up phase of the spectrum incentive auction, forward auction bidders upped their bids by about $35 million, from $18,299,482,587 in round 3 Jan. 19, the most recent bidding day, to $18,354,882,127...
Padden Asks FCC To End ‘Quiet Period’ (1/23/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Former Fox and ABC network executive and spectrum sales advocate Preston Padden today called on the FCC to “immediately end” the commission’s “quiet period” that prohibited communication among incentive auction participants in order to avoid collusion. Among the quiet period rules are requiring applicants to say nothing beyond the fact that they did...
FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction to Close in Current Stage (1/23/2017) - [Source: The National Law Review] …The broadcast incentive auction will “successfully conclude” in Stage 4, the current stage, according to an FCC news release. The broadcast incentive auction is a market-based means of repurposing spectrum by encouraging broadcast television licensees to voluntarily relinquish spectrum usage rights in exchange for a portion of the proceeds from...
FCC 600 mHz incentive auction ends its stage four (1/21/2017) - [Source: ASZ News] After a two-year of long proceedings, Federal Communications Commission incentive auction for 600 MHz finally come to an end this Wednesday. The spectrum is now available for wireless technology to use. The long proceeding of 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction conducted by FCC finally ended in the four stage bidding, SVG News reported....
FCC General Counsel Symons Exiting (1/20/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC general counsel Howard Symons is exited the FCC Friday after three years at the commission, most of it as vice chair of the incentive auction task force… The exit comes as the spectrum auction Symons helped shepherd met its benchmarks for closing after the current stage of the forward auction.
Wheeler’s Auction: Promises Undelivered (1/20/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …The bidding by wireless carriers in the forward auction has so far generated $18.3 billion. That will be enough to cover the $10.5 billion the FCC owes the broadcasters who agreed to sell spectrum as well as the $1.75 billion it will owe broadcasters in the repack of the TV band and another...
FCC to Close Incentive Auction, Benchmark Meets at Stage 4 (1/20/2017) - [Source: Zacks] The U.S. telecom regulator, Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as Incentive Auction, finally cleared all criteria at the Stage 4 of the forward bidding process. The Incentive Auction, which commenced on Mar 29, 2016, completed its first part in Jul 2016. In this part, which...
Bidding to resume Monday as incentive auction nears end (1/20/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum will pick up again on Monday after taking a break for Inauguration Day. But it almost certainly won’t last much longer. Forward bidders in Stage 4 of the auction continued to up the ante on Thursday, committing another $91 million to acquire 70...
FCC to End Incentive Auction upon Completion of Stage Four Bidding (1/20/2017) - [Source: Lexology / Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP] Late yesterday, the FCC confirmed prospects for a conclusion of the 600 MHz incentive auction during Stage Four, after wireless industry participants in the auction’s forward phase posted total gross bids of $18.2 billion, which would cover both the broadcast industry’s most recent asking price of...
Wheeler: Auction ‘Delivered’ On Its Promise (1/19/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] On what may be his last day in office, FCC Tom Wheeler declared that the FCC incentive auction has “delivered on its ambitious promise,” repurposing 70 MHz of TV spectrum for wireless communications. The pronouncement came after it became clear that the wireless carriers, in their forward auction bidding, would generate enough money...
FCC Freezes LPTV Companion Channel Applications (1/19/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s Media Bureau says that, effective immediately and on its own authority, it is freezing applications for the digital companion channels for low power TV stations and translators… That comes as the FCC is about to close its broadcast incentive auction and starts repacking broadcasters in smaller spectrum space. LPTVs and translators...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction now down to just forward bidding (1/19/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction passed a significant milestone towards completion following four rounds of back-and-forth bidding between television broadcasters and telecommunication operators. The government agency noted that after round two of forward bidding in the auction’s stage four, all final stage rules were met, which means the...
Morning Tech: FCC incentive auction falls short of expectations (1/19/2017) - [Source: Politico] …The FCC’s incentive auction on Wednesday fell short of the high-flying expectations that surrounded it, raising some $18 billion — a far cry from the $80 billion payday some initially predicted. “It’s clearly way short of the hyperbolic statements we heard beforehand about spectrum crisis and enormous demand,” Tim Farrar of Telecom Media...
Incentive Auction Meets Final Stage Rule (1/19/2017) - [Source: AGL Media Group] The end is in sight for the FCC’s first incentive spectrum auction. Bidding in round two of stage four of the forward auction satisfied the requirements of the incentive auction’s final stage rule. More specifically, the estimated net proceeds reached $17.65B, which surpassed the target of $12.0B. Bidding will continue in...
FCC’s Incentive Auction In Home Stretch After Satisfying Final Stage Rule (1/19/2017) - [Source: Wireless Week] Speculation that the FCC’s ongoing spectrum incentive auction could run into a fifth stage was laid to rest Wednesday as the bidders in Round 2 of the Stage 4 forward auction finally cleared the bar allowing the auction to close. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the milestone meant the auction had “delivered...
Incentive Auctions Will Complete at 470-608 MHz (1/19/2017) - [Source: Audio Gloss] It has been almost eight months since the U.S. Incentive Auctions began. The bidding continues; it has not closed, yet. But we know with complete certainty this bumpy ride will end at at the current clearing target of 84 MHz, because the Auctions’ version of a litmus test, the Final Stage Rule,...
FCC incentive auction set for final round (1/19/2017) - [Source: Total Telecom] The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) late on Wednesday announced this its long-running incentive auction will conclude at the end of the next round of bidding, due to take place next Monday. Bidding by telcos on 600-MHz spectrum in the forward auction have reached $18.21 billion…
FCC spectrum incentive auction enters closing stages (1/19/2017) - [Source: Mobile World Live] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said its Incentive Auction to repurpose broadcast spectrum for mobile operators is entering its closing stages, with minimum bid requirements met. Yesterday’s notification the “Final Stage Rule” was met means the FCC achieved its reserve price for the cleared 70MHz spectrum and will also make enough money to...
Genachowski: Spectrum Auction Is Success From Various Vantages (1/18/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Reaction began pouring in after the FCC’s incentive auction met its two benchmarks Wednesday, meaning it will close after bidding dries up in stage four. Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, under whose watch the spectrum auction was drawn up, agreed with current chairman Tom Wheeler that the auction had been a success,...
Final Stage Auction Rule Met at $18.2 Billion (1/18/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The closing criteria of the television spectrum incentive auction have been met at $18.2 billion in bids for 70 MHz of public airwaves. The closing criteria—i.e., clearing costs plus expenses and a benchmark bid price— were finally met after 43 weeks and four separate stages targeting progressively less spectrum. Stage 4 targeted...
Incentive Auction to End After Stage 4 (1/18/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC will be able to close the spectrum auction, and at an 84 MHz spectrum total some had suggested was the last clearing target for a successful auction. The second round of stage 4 of the forward portion of the FCC incentive auction ended Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 29) with bidders...
Auction Round 1 Bidding Totals $17.7 Billion (1/18/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] Today’s opening round of bidding by wireless providers in the fourth round of the spectrum incentive auction yielded $17.7 billion—enough to cover the $10 billion that broadcasters asked for 84 MHz of spectrum in the reverse auction, but not enough to meet the first closing criteria of $1.25 MHz/Pop. A second round...
Forward Auction Bidders Pony Up $17.7 Billion (1/18/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Round one of stage four of the forward auction ended at noon on Wednesday with forward auction bidders finally getting off their hands and ponying up $17.7 billion, easily covering the broadcasters’ asking price of $10 billion plus another $2 billion for costs, or $12 billion total, but failing to meet the top-40 market...
Morning Tech: Ross hearing preview: Senate Commerce’s tech and telecom priorities (1/18/2017) - [Source: Politico] …Wireless companies and others get another crack at TV airwaves as bidding resumes in the fourth stage of the FCC’s incentive auction. The end could be in sight — the price tag dropped to $10 billion in the last round of broadcast bidding. But in addition to covering the cost of the auction,...
The Auction Debacle (1/17/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] As 2017 gets underway and the spectrum auctions continue into the fourth round (which will quite possibly conclude by the time you read this), the assessment so far from most corners of the industry is that the results are underwhelming at least and disastrous at worst. The federal government will not reap...
Don’t Be Disappointed by the FCC’s Incentive Auction (1/17/2017) - [Source: Technology Policy Institute] After Stage 4 of the incentive auction, broadcasters asked for $10 billion to clear 84 MHz of spectrum—down from $86 billion to clear 126 MHz in Stage 1. Assuming that wireless providers will bid enough to allow the auction to close, FierceWireless noted, “that would bring a disappointing end to an...
FCC Auction’s Clearing Cost Drops To $10B (1/17/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum incentive auction is on track to bring in a fraction of its original goal of more than $80 billion, as the agency has set a target for its next round of the incentive auction at just over $10 billion, according to a Tuesday post on the FCC’s website....
Spectrum Auction Resumes Wednesday at 10 a.m. (1/17/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has made it official. Stage 4 of the forward portion of the spectrum auction will launch Wednesday, Jan. 18, and perhaps close as well if forward auction bidders start bidding again. The forward portion is where wireless companies and others bid for the spectrum broadcasters have agreed to relinquish in...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction end could be in sight (1/17/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings could come to a quick end following the latest reverse auction round that witnessed television broadcasters slash their financial compensation request to $10 billion. The fourth stage of the auction’s reverse bidding process concluded last Friday, with television broadcasters cutting the...
Lackluster FCC auction casts doubt on the value of spectrum: Analyst (1/17/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The wireless industry may see a flurry of spectrum deals once the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves finally comes to a close, perhaps as soon as by the end of the month. But the question of just how valuable spectrum really is has never been murkier. Stage 4 of the...
FCC’s 600 MHz Spectrum Auction Turning Out a Flop Show (1/17/2017) - [Source: NASDAQ / Zack’s] The ongoing FCC-conducted 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as Incentive Auction, is turning out to be a massive disappointment. In Jan 2016, the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had asserted that Incentive Auction will be the “world’s largest spectrum auction that has ever taken place.” At present, the optimism...
FCC: 600MHz auction ‘clearing cost’ slashed to USD10.05bn (1/17/2017) - [Source: TeleGeography] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that the ‘clearing cost’ attached to Stage Four of its 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) has been reduced to USD10.055 billion, down from USD40.313 billion in Stage Three, as the regulator seeks to bring the long-running process to a successful close. The...
Exclusive: Trump Team Embraces FCC Remake Blueprint (1/15/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The incoming Donald Trump Administration is said to have signed off on an approach to remaking the Federal Communications Commission offered by the FCC transition team majority, one that squares with the deregulatory philosophies of FCC Republicans Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, who will be two of the three Republican votes...
Clearing cost plummets to around $10B for Stage 4 of FCC’s incentive auction (1/13/2017) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Stage 4 of the reverse portion of the FCC’s incentive auction ended Friday, with TV broadcasters setting a clearing cost of just more than $10 billion for up to 84 MHz of airwaves, falling dramatically short of the $40.3 billion set in Stage 3 and marking a tiny fraction of the $86 billion...
How Low Can It Go? Reverse Auction At $10B (1/13/2017) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Stage 4 of the FCC’s reverse auction ended Friday afternoon with $10,054,676,822 as the new payout price that the government will need to clear 84 MHz of TV spectrum to resell to wireless operators. The question now is whether wireless carriers will agree to that in stage 4 of the forward auction process,...
Spectrum Auction: TV’s New Exit Price Plummets to $10B (1/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] TV broadcasters in stage 4 of the reverse portion of the FCC’s incentive auction have set a new price for clearing off their TV spectrum: $10,054,676,822. That is a huge drop from the previous round and sounds like a number wireless operators might be able to love, or at least meet,...
TV Station Owner Says Pause Spectrum Auction (1/13/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s soon to be Republican majority has been asked to hit the pause button on the broadcast incentive auction and reevaluate its “anemic participation” by wireless providers. That came in a letter to commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly from TV station owner Max Media chairman Gene Loving. He says...
Nexstar Broadcasting gets FCC approval for Media General acquisition (1/12/2017) - [Source: Post Online Media] The FCC further granted the divestiture applications that have been filed to bring Nexstar into compliance with the local and national television ownership rules. In addition, the commission waived prohibition on the consummation of the transaction during the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction, which remains ongoing. On January 27, 2016, Nexstar...
FCC Approves $4.6 Billion Media General-Nexstar Merger (1/11/2017) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday agreed to allow Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. to buy Media General Corp. in a $4.6 billion deal, agreeing also to waive rules that would have barred the transaction during the ongoing broadcast incentive auction. The agency overruled arguments against the deal or in favor of conditions from...
Morning Tech: Tracking for tech at Trump’s press conference (1/11/2017) - [Source: Politico] …Bidding by the FCC for broadcast airwaves in the fourth stage of the ongoing incentive auction should wrap up by Friday, with forward auction bidding slated to begin again Jan. 18, the agency said Tuesday. It will be the fourth attempt by wireless companies and others to end the months-long auction, after the...
FCC Seeks Feedback on Repack Reporting Process (1/10/2017) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission proposed its game plan for reimbursing TV stations displaced by the spectrum incentive auction, now in a fourth stage. (Editor’s Note No. 1: A commission spokesman asked TV Technology to clarify that it proposed repack reporting requirements for all auction-eligible stations, including those not eligible for reimbursement.) The...
FCC Targets Jan. 18 for Forward Auction Re-Start (1/10/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Incentive Auction Task Force says that it anticipates launching the next stage (stage 4) of the forward portion of the incentive auction, which is wireless companies and others bidding on spectrum freed up by broadcasters. Stage 4 of the reverse auction ends Jan. 13, so the FCC is wasting no time...
FCC leadership remains in flux ahead of crucial 600 MHz auction stage (1/9/2017) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …The leadership upheaval at the FCC comes in the midst of the government agency preparing for a potentially important point in its ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction process, which is expected to eventually unleash sub-1 GHz spectrum support for next-generation mobile communication services. The FCC is currently looking to wrap up...
Claure: Sprint is a ‘formidable partner’ in any merger (1/6/2017) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] …With the Federal Communications Commission’s current lowband spectrum auction, Sprint can’t enter negotiations with any of the participants, including T-Mobile. “We’re not speaking to anyone else,” [Sprint Corp. CEO Marcelo Claure] said. “At this point in time, we’re going to see what happens until the spectrum auction finishes, and then...
CES 2017 Unveils Game-Changing Innovation to the World (1/6/2017) - [Source: Business Wire] …FCC Commissioners kicked off the panel with broad agreement on the ongoing broadcast spectrum incentive auction, each commenting they are optimistic the incentive spectrum auction will succeed and make resources more efficient. The FTC Commissioners identified ongoing issues for data privacy and security for consumers with IoT, but stressed that any approach...
FCC To TV Stations: Make Sure Info is Up-To-Date (1/6/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s Media Bureau is reminding broadcasters that they need to update their contact information to make sure they can receive information about the incentive auction and post-auction station moves. “[It] is essential that they ensure that their contact information on file with the Commission is accurate and current,” the FCC...
T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere predicts what will happen in wireless during 2017 (1/5/2017) - [Source: Phone Arena] …Legere predicted that in 2016, T-Mobile would be the big winner of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction. Since some bidders have since dropped out along the way, the clearing cost has not been topped and after three stages there is no winner here yet. Legere did correctly predict that T-Mobile would be...
“Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”: Local news could see a windfall from the FCC’s spectrum auction (1/5/2017) - [Source: Nieman Lab] Last year, the Federal Communications Commission launched an auction that will allow broadcasters to sell all or parts of their broadcast spectrum, which could then be purchased by wireless carriers looking to expand their reach. Some analysts initially projected that just public TV stations could bring in as much as $2.3 billion,...
Radio Deal Volume Lowest Since 1982 Finds SNL Kagan (1/5/2017) - [Source: All Access Music Group] …In the fourth quarter of 2016, 92% of the U.S. broadcast station deal volume ($96.2 million) came from radio deals. Due to the ongoing FCC quiet period on TV transactions as a result of the ongoing spectrum auction, the TV deal market registered a mere $8.2 million…
Sinclair CEO Ripley: ATSC 3.0 is going to ‘supercharge’ the broadcast business (1/4/2017) - [Source: Fierce Cable] …[Chris Ripley, president and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group] said he expects the rollout of ATSC 3.0 to be done in conjunction with the FCC’s auction repack. “It’s fortuitous for a lot of reasons. A lot of stations will be moved around, and a lot of new equipment will have to be...
FCC: Stage 4 of Reverse Auction to End Jan. 13 (1/4/2017) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is again increasing the pace of bidding in the reverse portion of the incentive spectrum auction, with a target end date of Friday, Jan. 13. So far, broadcasters have not had much luck getting wireless providers and other forward auction bidders, which includes Comcast, to collectively pay their clearing...
U.S. broadcast station deal volume surpassed $104 million in Q4, slowest radio deal market in over three decades for FY 2016 (1/4/2017) - [Source: PR Newswire] …In the fourth quarter of 2016, 92% of the U.S. broadcast station deal volume ($96.2 million) came from radio deals. Due to the ongoing FCC quiet period on TV transactions as a result of the ongoing spectrum auction, the TV deal market registered a mere $8.2 million…
What’s in store for 2017? (12/31/2016) - [Source: The Star Press] …[Ball State University’s] board of trustees long ago approved participation in a Federal Communications Commission auction during which the school could earn millions of dollars for taking WIPB off the air and “going dark,” for sharing a channel with another station or for moving from its current channel to a channel...
Bringing the Connected Future to All Americans, May 11, 2012 – January 3, 2017 (12/30/2016) - [Source: FCC] …I [Jessica Rosenworcel] have had the honor of working on traditional wireless auctions at the agency as well as the unique experience of laying the groundwork for the world’s first spectrum incentive auction… …I proposed a variety of ideas, including incentives that would provide federal authorities with a cut of the revenue from...
What you need to know about the NBC channel flip in Boston (12/30/2016) - [Source: Boston Globe] …NBC Boston doesn’t have its own full-power TV signal. Normally, networks would buy another station in town and take it over. That didn’t happen this time because of the federal government’s ongoing spectrum auction, which has made it difficult for stations to entertain bids from private buyers…
Year in Review: Lethargic bidding in the FCC’s 600 MHz spectrum auction (12/28/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The news: The incentive auction continues, but action from bidders thus far has been a major disappointment. Stage 3 of the auction fizzled out in early in December after a single round that generated a mere $19.7 billion in bids, less than half of the $40.3 billion that was needed to end the event. The dismal...
RCR Wireless News Top 100 stories of 2016 (Pt. 2) (12/27/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T may need to dig deep for 600 MHz licenses: Television broadcasters set a high bar in terms of what they want for their 600 MHz spectrum licenses the Federal Communication Commission wants to in turn auction off to the commercial mobile telecommunications space. … Read More
White Space Push Notification Waiver (12/23/2016) - [Source: Federal Communications Committee] [The FCC] waives the push notification requirements in Sections 15.37(j) and 15.711(I) of the Commission’s rules that fixed and Mode II personal/portable white space devices and white space databases must meet by December 23, 2016…
2017 Broadcasters’ Calendar (12/20/2016) - [Source: Pillsbury Law] Prohibition on Certain Communications: As of the date of this publication, all full-power and Class A television licensees that were eligible to participate in the reverse auction remain subject to the FCC’s rules prohibiting communications about bids and bidding strategies in the Broadcast Incentive Auction. This “quiet period” will continue until the...
Expecting Money From The FCC Post-Incentive Auction? (12/20/2016) - [Source: CommLawBlog] If you’re the owner of a full-power or Class A broadcast television station or are a multichannel video program distributor, and anticipate receiving a winning bid or seeking reimbursement funds from the Commission post-incentive auction, how will you get your money? The FCC has created an online tutorial to explain how this will...
Still No FCC Decision on Nexstar/Media General (12/20/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …The FCC signaled early on that it would not make decisions on station license transfers that could implicate spectrum auction participants—this deal qualifies—while the auction was still going on.The FCC is shutting down bidding in the auction starting Dec. 23 and won’t resume until the new year…
Stage Four of Reverse Auction Begins With Abbreviated Rounds (12/19/2016) - [Source: Lexology] On Tuesday, the FCC kicked off the fourth stage of the reverse auction with shorter daily rounds which the agency hopes will inject new energy into the incentive auction process.  As stated in a public notice issued last Friday, the FCC will conduct two daily rounds of reverse auction bidding between December 13...
Incentive Auction Online Tutorial on Receiving Post-Auction Payments (12/19/2016) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] The Incentive Auction Task Force Announces an Online Tutorial for Full Power and Class A Broadcasters and Multichannel Video Programming Providers on Preparing to Receive Post-Auction Payments
Tom Wheeler to Resign as FCC Chairman (12/19/2016) - [Source: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP] …While Wheeler’s accomplishments include the launch of the first incentive auction in the FCC’s history, Wheeler is most likely to be remembered for enacting Open Internet rules last year that reclassified broadband network services under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.  Calling it “a privilege to work...
5G in US: Will Spectrum Be the Speed Bump? (12/19/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] …There are still questions, however, about how and when mmWave bands will be available for next-gen services, particularly in light of the delays to the 600MHz auction, and a change in guard at the FCC… …In contrast (to the nearly 11GHz of high-band spectrum the FCC is making available), a mere 80MHz...
Time, Gannett And The Sorry State Of Old Media (12/16/2016) - [Source: Forbes] …small television broadcasters are in despair over what looks to be their disappointing payday in the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) incentive auction, which sees them offer to sell their broadcast licenses to the government in an ever-decreasing reverse bidding procedure… …Sometime around February or March, the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum will...
FCC Speeding Up Spectrum Auction Dec. 19 (12/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Starting Monday, Dec. 19, bidding in stage four of the reverse portions of broadcast incentive auction will increase from two rounds to three. In the reverse auction, broadcasters compete to give up spectrum for an FCC payout. When that payout number is established, stage four of the forward auction begins, where...
Remarks Of Assistant Secretary Strickling [NTIA] On The 5G Wireless Future And The Role Of The Federal Government (12/16/2016) - [Source: Public] …As we sit here today, assuming a successful outcome of the FCC’s current incentive auction for TV band spectrum, we will have made more than 300 megahertz of spectrum available for wireless broadband with more in the pipeline. But just to show that the challenge is a persistent one, the goal posts keep...
A Sprint – T-Mobile Merger Makes Financial Sense, But Is Unlikely To Materialize (12/16/2016) - [Source: Forbes / Trefis] There has been renewed speculation that T-Mobile , the third largest U.S. wireless carrier, could be looking to be acquired… after the completion of the ongoing spectrum auction. There could be several potential suitors, ranging from cable firms – who see value in entering the wireless space to bolster revenue and...
Auction Underwhelms (12/16/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The $80 billion windfall predicted from the TV spectrum incentive auction failed to materialize eight months in. While broadcasters heeded the forecast and priced 126 MHz of TV spectrum at $86 billion in the first stage of the auction, wireless providers topped out at $23.1 billion for the 100 MHz offered for...
CTA Thanks FCC Leaders for Service, Commitment to Reallocating Spectrum (12/15/2016) - [Source: Business Wire] [From a statement from CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro]: “We thank Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Rosenworcel for their service, particularly their leadership in implementing the world’s first TV broadcast spectrum voluntary incentive auction. As our world becomes more connected and devices become powerful hubs for our connected lives – from wearable technology...
Analysis: Tom Wheeler’s FCC Legacy (12/15/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Wheeler inherited the spectrum auction, but its framework and outline were developed on his watch. So far, wireless bidders have not ponied up anywhere near broadcasters’ spectrum asks, so as the FCC drops its spectrum-clearing target, just how successful the auction will be in freeing up all that spectrum wireless carriers...
FCC Chairman Leaves as Trump Enters (12/15/2016) - [Source: TechZone 360] [FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler] has also helped pave the way to make more spectrum available for 5G. “Just as bipartisan support helped enable the incentive auction, there is growing bipartisan interest in the next big thing in spectrum policy: 5G,” Wheeler wrote recently. “With very fast speeds, scale to support billions of sensors,...
FCC Chairman Wheeler to step down Jan. 20 (12/15/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …While serving for just under four years, Wheeler oversaw a number of impactful decisions by the FCC in regards to the telecommunications space. These included the successful of two spectrum auctions covering the AWS-3 and H-Block bands, though he will likely not be in office to see the conclusion of the...
T-Mobile: 2016 In Review (12/13/2016) - [Source: Forbes] …The carrier also looks set to improve its low-band spectrum position, which is the weakest among nationwide carriers, given its strong positioning in the FCC’s ongoing 600 Mhz incentive auction. With Sprint deciding to sit out of the auction and AT&T’s financials potentially constrained by its recent M&A activity, T-Mobile could be set...
NBC Finds Short-Term Fix to Extend Boston Reach (12/13/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …[Senior executive VP David] Cohen said Comcast has already had preliminary discussions with Boston station owners about buying a second full-powered station but can’t further the process until after the broadcast spectrum auction ends. “In the interim, NBC is taking extraordinary steps to cover the Boston market with three broadcast television stations…...
NBC Boston cranks up dial before launch (12/13/2016) - [Source: The Boston Herald] …Last week, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey wrote a letter to Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts, citing concern about NBC Boston’s signal strength… In its response to Markey, Comcast said it also plans to acquire an additional full-power television station to guarantee full coverage of the market. NBC is expected to...
Stage 4 Reverse Auction to Begin Tuesday, December 12 – 84 MHz Clearing Target (12/12/2016) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] As expected, and as we wrote last week, the FCC announced Friday that the reverse auction phase of Stage 4 of the Incentive Auction will begin tomorrow, December 12, 2016. The FCC also, as expected, confirmed that the clearing target will be 84 MHz, meaning that the FCC will be looking...
FCC Aims To Clear 84 MHz In New Auction Stage (12/12/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission announced that the fourth stage of bidding in the incentive auction to convert spectrum from broadcast to mobile broadband use will begin Tuesday with a clearing target of 84 MHz, after a previous round failed to meet a $42 billion clearing target by a wide margin. The FCC’s public...
NBC Boston tells Markey it has a deal to reach more viewers (12/12/2016) - [Source: Boston Business Journal] …NBC is not acquiring WMFP; it is only rebroadcasting on the station. The network wants to acquire a full-power station in the market, it said in the letter, but has been temporarily blocked from doing so by an industrywide broadcast spectrum incentive auction that is expected to conclude in early 2017…
NBC Boston links with Hub station WMFP to boost signal (12/12/2016) - [Source: The Boston Herald] U.S. Sen. Edward Markey wrote a letter to Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts expressing concern about NBC Boston’s signal strength… In its response to Markey, Comcast says it also wants to acquire an additional full-power television station in order to guarantee complete coverage of the market. NBC is expected to pursue that...
IEEE-BTS Symposium Tackles Repack Complexity (12/12/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Even though two stages of the FCC’s incentive auction had been completed before the symposium ended, many questions remained about what broadcasters would have to do to move to their new channels when the auction ended and how they would be reimbursed… FM stations have been ignored in the FCC’s repack planning,...
Erie TV stations unlikely to sell in FCC airwaves auction (12/11/2016) - [Source: GoErie.com] Recent developments in a nationwide auction of broadcast airwaves make it unlikely that any Erie television station will sell its frequency to wireless carriers. The carriers, including AT & T and Verizon Communications, only bid $19.7 billion during the third round of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadcast Incentive Auction, which concluded Dec. 5....
Senators Propose TV Station Relocation Fund (12/9/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters is praising a bipartisan effort by a handful of senators to make sure there is enough money to cover the costs of TV station moves after the spectrum auction and that stations can’t be forced to meet a moving deadline for reasons beyond their control. But...
Carriers Press FCC To Stick To Post-Auction Timeline (12/9/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Competitive Carriers Association said Thursday that the Federal Communications Commission should make sure it completes the transition of broadcasters to new airwaves after the incentive auction within the planned 39 months, saying its members need the spectrum as soon as possible. The wireless carriers group praised a plan floated by the FCC to...
FCC Sets 84 MHz Clearing Target for Stage IV of Auction (12/9/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Next Tuesday, Dec. 13, will see the start of stage IV of the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction, with a new clearing target of 84 MHz. The commission has also announced a handful of rule changes to the bidding process from previous rounds. After stage III, with 108 MHz clearing target, closed...
Senators Propose TV Station Relocation Fund (12/9/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] The National Association of Broadcasters is praising a bipartisan effort by a handful of senators to make sure there is enough money to cover the costs of TV station moves after the spectrum auction and that stations can’t be forced to meet a moving deadline for reasons beyond their control. But it...
NAB Statement on Senate Viewer Protection Act Draft (12/9/2016) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] In response to a draft bill… to help safeguard consumers’ TV signals following the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith: “NAB greatly appreciates the leadership of Sens. Moran and Schatz and their colleagues in working to ensure that millions...
Clearing Target of 84 Megahertz Set for Stage 4 of the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction; Stage 4 Bidding in the Reverse Auction Will Start on December 13, 2016 (12/9/2016) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] By this Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force (Task Force) and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) announce the 84 megahertz spectrum clearing target that has been set by the Auction System’s optimization procedure for the fourth stage (Stage 4) of the incentive auction. This Public Notice also describes the band...
FCC Speeds Reverse Auction For Stage Four (12/9/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is hoping the fourth time is the charm. The commission said Friday that it will start stage four of the reverse portion of the broadcast incentive auction Dec. 13, as planned, and when it is done that spectrum will be uniform across all markets and totally unimpaired. The FCC is...
Incentive Auction Stage 4 Clearing Target; Schedule Announced (12/9/2016) - [Source: Federal Communications Commission] Stage 4 reverse auction clock bidding to start December 13th, seven blocks with zero impairments for Stage 4 forward auction, and upcoming dates and information for Stage 4 reverse auction and forward auction
What is Really Going on with the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction? (12/9/2016) - [Source: Cooley] …Both sides of the auction will close when the money committed to purchasing broadcasters’ spectrum is met by wireless carriers’ aggregate bids for the recovered spectrum. The first stage of broadcaster bidding started on May 31 and the two sides of the auction are still more than $20B apart. Many are asking why...
Will FCC’s 600 MHz Spectrum Auction be a Flop Show? (12/8/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zacks] The ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as – Incentive Auction – conducted by the U.S. telecom regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has so far seen lukewarm response from bidders. In Jan 2016, the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had asserted that Incentive Auction will be the...
FCC Incentive Auction A ‘Net Positive’ For American Tower (12/8/2016) - [Source: Radio + Television Business Report] To some, the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction may be viewed as a pending failure, with Marci Ryvicker, Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities, the latest to express concerns that the auction won’t reach its conclusion. From the vantage point of American Tower Corp. EVP/CFO Tom Bartlett, the incentive auction “will be a net positive for us,”...
Media General-Nexstar Talks Should Sink Deal, Group Says (12/7/2016) - [Source: Law360] The American Cable Association is continuing to press the Federal Communications Commission to deny Media General Corp. and Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. a waiver to complete their $4.6 billion merger before the broadcast incentive auction ends, warning in an ex parte filing Tuesday of undisclosed retransmission consent negotiations. Nexstar disclosed its ongoing negotiations...
What Happens If The Spectrum Auction Fails? (12/7/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker addressed the possibility that the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction may fail in a note to investors today. “The technical definition of auction failure is concluding Stage 9 (42 MHz cleared/ 20 MHz sold) with the Final Stage Rule still having not been met,” she wrote. “According to our...
Morning Tech: AT&T/Time Warner in Hill hot seat today (12/7/2016) - [Source: Politico] The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report this week scrutinizing the effects of the agency’s incentive auction on low-power television stations and translator stations, which often serve rural areas. “After the auction, FCC intends to reorganize the television stations remaining on the air so that they will occupy a smaller range of...
Wireless Bids For Broadcast Spectrum Again Fall Short (12/6/2016) - [Source: Law360] Bids to convert 108 MHz of spectrum from broadcast to mobile broadband use failed to meet a $42 billion clearing target by a wide margin, triggering a soon-to-be-announced fourth stage of bidding under lowered targets, the FCC announced Monday. The third stage of the forward auction to reallocate low-band broadcast spectrum licenses in...
How the Spectrum Auction Could Save Journalism (12/6/2016) - [Source: Current] …In the auction’s first three stages, the differences between sellers’ prices and buyers’ bids were vast.In the next stage of the auction, which is expected to begin Dec. 13, the FCC will attempt to clear 84 MHz in each television market, the equivalent of channels 38 to 51 on the dial. While analysts initially predicted that public stations...
FCC’s 600MHz Auction Flops Again (12/6/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] The FCC has stopped the bidding process for the 600Mhz auction of broadcast spectrum for mobile usage after just one round. A clearing price of $40.3 billion was set for 108MHz of the low-band spectrum, which would deliver about 80MHz of usable bandwidth for mobile broadband applications. Bidders including AT&T Inc. (NYSE:...
Zinwave names former Ericsson small cell, DAS expert as CTO (12/6/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] …Zinwave also said its all-fiber architecture makes it more reliable and easier to install than traditional DAS solutions. That means, for example, that for the 600 MHz band that is the subject of the current incentive auction, with Zinwave, “that 600 MHz band will pass through the existing product without any modification,”...
Wireless Carriers Make Underwhelming Offers in FCC Spectrum Auction (12/6/2016) - [Source: The Street] AT&T (T) , Verizon Communications (VZ) , T-Mobile USA (TMUS) , Comcast(CMCSA) and other potential buyers of wireless spectrum licenses made underwhelming offers in the third stage of a government auction. The bidding began and ended on Monday, lasting just one round and setting up a next stage of the auction. The...
One and Done: Stage 3 Forward Auction Ends After Just One Round of Bidding (12/6/2016) - [Source: JDSupra / CommLawCenter] At the end of Stage 2 of the Spectrum Auction, I wrote about bidder fatigue and the hope that the FCC would drop its spectrum clearing target a couple of notches for Stage 3 to expedite the conclusion of a now seemingly interminable auction.  Unfortunately, the FCC held fast to its...
Sen. Markey questions reach of Comcast’s new NBC Boston station (12/6/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Ed Ansin, [CEO Sunbeam Television]… refused [NBCU’s $200 million offer for WHDH-TV broadcast facilities] under the belief that the station’s assets were worth around $450 million, factoring in the value of the station’s spectrum due to be offered in the broadcast incentive auction. Of course, since then the incentive auction has failed...
Morning Tech: The business benefits Thiel could gain from Trump transition (12/6/2016) - [Source: Politico] The FCC’s airwaves auction will head into a fourth stage next week, after bidding for TV spectrum ended abruptly Monday, with wireless companies and others collectively raising $19.7 billion. That’s well below the $40.3 billion sought by broadcasters, and nearly $2 billion less than what wireless operators offered at the end of the...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction stage 3 collapses after one forward bidding round (12/6/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to infuse low-band spectrum into the “5G” technology path moves onto a new round as telecom providers yet again were “one and done” in the latest forward auction proceedings. Stage three of the 600 MHz incentive auction process finished up today as the FCC halted bidding...
Stage 3 of the Reverse Auction is in the Books at $40 Billion – Forward Auction to Begin on Monday (12/6/2016) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] The FCC last week announced that Stage 3 of the reverse auction portion of the FCC Incentive Auction is now complete, and the amount necessary to be paid to TV stations to vacate the required spectrum in this stage is $40,313,164,425.  This represents a drop from the $54,586,032,836 clearing cost that resulted...
600MHz auction continues to underwhelm as Stage Three draws to a close (12/6/2016) - [Source: TeleGeography] Stage Three of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) came to an abrupt end yesterday (5 December) after a single round of bidding. In total, bidders offered USD19.676 billion for TV broadcasters’ airwaves in the so-called ‘Forward Auction’, far short of the USD40.313 billion ‘clearing cost’...
Stage 3 of the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction is over with no end to the process in sight (12/6/2016) - [Source: Phone Arena] With all of the heavy hitters participating in the FCC auction of 600MHz spectrum, it was believed that the process, once started, would get done rather quickly. But the auction of this valuable low frequency spectrum has turned into a poker game. Up for grabs is 108MHz of spectrum that would actually...
Overnight Tech: FCC eyes cybersecurity role | More trouble for spectrum auction | Google seeks ‘conservative outreach’ director (12/5/2016) - [Source: The Hill] …The third FCC spectrum auction failed to draw enough bids, reports the Wall Street Journal. The process will now move into its fourth stage as the FCC attempts to get major telecom companies like Verizon and AT&T to purchase licenses currently being used by television broadcasters. The auction’s prices have declined as each one...
Information on Low Power Television, FCC’s Spectrum Incentive Auction, and Unlicensed Spectrum Use (12/5/2016) - [Source: United States Government Accountability Office] …GAO was asked to review the possible effects of the auction on LPTV and translator stations and their viewers. This report examines: (1) LPTV and translator stations and how FCC’s incentive auction might affect their viewers, (2) selected stakeholders’ views on actions FCC has proposed to mitigate the possible...
NAB Statement on Close of Stage Three of Incentive Auction (12/5/2016) - [Source: National Association of Broadcasters] In response to the close of Stage 3 of the forward auction of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction after just one round of bidding, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith: “The results of the latest round of the TV auction leave us scratching...
FCC Airwaves Auction Fails Again to Draw Enough Bids (12/5/2016) - [Source: The Wall Street Journal] The U.S. government’s massive airwaves auction again failed to move forward Monday after a single two-hour round of bidding didn’t generate enough demand. The complex process will now move into its fourth stage with another cut to the supply of available licenses, and the auction which kicked off in May...
FCC’s Stage 3 Forward Auction Closes After Single Round, Stage 4 to Start Next Week (12/5/2016) - [Source: Wireless Week] Are we really surprised? Stage 3 of the FCC’s forward auction closed after a single round on Monday, propelling the proceedings toward an expected Stage 4 reverse auction start date next week. According to the FCC’s Incentive Auction Dashboard, Stage 3 forward auction proceeds totaled just $19.7 billion against a clearing cost...
Bidders remain silent as Stage 3 of incentive auction ends after 1 round, total drops to $19.7B (12/5/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Bidders in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted spectrum continued to show little interest in the proceeding, with Stage 3 of the forward portion of the event ending after one round and total bids declining to $19,676,240,520. Critics blasted the event as a “joke,” with bidders—including the likes...
FCC Republicans try to protect AT&T and Verizon in net neutrality case (12/5/2016) - [Source: Ars Technica] …Republicans in Congress said the FCC should focus “only on matters that require action under the law” and an ongoing spectrum auction.Wheeler agreed to halt any controversial rulemakings in his remaining time as chair, but he did not say that he would stop investigating potential violations of current rules. The FCC’s Republicans want Wheeler to...
Spectrum Auction Stage 3: In and Out (12/5/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] Stage three of the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction began and ended Monday when forward auction bidders again refused to up their prices for reclaimed broadcast spectrum. In fact, the total after stage there was lower — $19,676,240,520 — because the FCC reduced the amount of spectrum and the bidders...
Auction Stage III Bidding Concludes at $19.7 Billion (12/5/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Stage three of the TV spectrum incentive auction has now concluded, with broadcasters seeking $40.3 billion for 108 MHz of spectrum, and wireless providers bidding $19.7 billion for the 80 MHz designated for sale. The forward auction portion of the third stage, which started this morning, appeared to conclude after a single...
T-Mobile CFO to cable: ‘You’re never going to get deep integration in the network with an MVNO’ (12/5/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable News] …Comcast has promised to offer some kind of wireless service in its cable footprint through Verizon sometime next year. Moreover, Comcast is a registered participant in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted 600 MHz spectrum licenses.Charter, for its part, has said it has major plans for the wireless...
Wireless Companies Won’t Bid Up TV Spectrum (12/5/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Stage three of the forward portion of the FCC‘s spectrum auction began and ended Monday when forward auction bidders again refused to up their prices for reclaimed broadcast spectrum. In fact, the total after stage three was lower—$19,676,240,520—because the FCC reduced the amount of spectrum and the bidders simply reduced their demand...
Wireless network capex to ramp up in 2017: Wells Fargo (12/5/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Meanwhile, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are all expected to spend billions on 600 MHz airwaves in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ spectrum. And carriers’ efforts to densify their networks via small cells have been hampered by permitting difficulties and other headaches at the municipal level…
FCC to Initiate Stage 3 of the 600 MHz Spectrum Auction (12/5/2016) - [Source: Zacks] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is likely to commence the stage 3 of the second part (forward auction) of the ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as the Incentive Auction. The Incentive Auction, which was initiated by the FCC on Mar 29, 2016, completed its first part in Jul 2016....
Reverse Phase of Incentive Auction Ends with New $40.3 Billion Clearing Target (12/5/2016) - [Source: Lexology] Yesterday, broadcasters closed Stage 3 of the reverse phase of the incentive auction after 52 rounds, setting a new clearing cost of $40.3 billion, which wireless carriers must bid to gain access to 108 MHz (80 MHz net) of surrendered broadcast industry spectrum in the 600 MHz band during the upcoming forward phase...
FCC targets USD 40 bln for broadcast reverse auction Stage 3 (12/5/2016) - [Source: Telecom.Paper] The FCC has completed the third stage of its broadcast reverse auction, setting a target price of USD 40.3 billion for 108 MHz of spectrum that would free up 80 MHz for wireless use. Bidders must meet that price in the third round to end the auction; otherwise the FCC will lower the...
T-Mobile, Dish Stakes High In TV Spectrum Auction Endgame (12/2/2016) - [Source: Investor’s Business Daily] The spotlight shifts to AT&T (T), Verizon Communications (VZ), T-Mobile US (TMUS) and other registered bidders next week in a government spectrum auction, after TV broadcasters again reduced their asking price for prime wireless airwaves, this time to $40.3 billion.In two earlier rounds, TV broadcasters initially sought $86 billion for 100...
It’s Official: Walden Tops House E&C (12/2/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] Steven J. Berry, president of the Competitive Carriers Association, said… “[Rep. Greg Walden’s (R-Ore.)] understanding of the Universal Service Fund [broadband subsidy program] and role in crafting the legislation leading to the 600 MHz [broadcast] incentive auction will be an asset to the Committee and to Congress. With many important policy issues in...
Worst of the Week: AT&T draws ire, while Sprint throws shade (12/2/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Sprint CFO Tarek Robiatti this week, while speaking at an investor conference, threw some serious shade at the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. The executive said the low-band spectrum up for bid is old-school thinking, as the massive amount of bandwidth needed for “5G” requires much wider...
Morning Tech: Telecom wonk Walden takes House E&C chair (12/2/2016) - [Source: Politico] …The price tag for TV airwaves dropped to $40.3 billion as broadcaster bidding in the third stage of the FCC’s incentive auction wrapped up Thursday. That’s down from the $54.6 billion asking price in the second stage, but wireless companies and others ended bidding after only a day in the auction’s second act,...
FCC Forward Auction Bidding Starts Dec. 5 (12/2/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] As expected, bidding in stage three of the forward auction will begin Dec. 5, the FCC said Friday. Stage three of the reverse auction ended Thursday, with the broadcasters’ new asking price of $40 billion. Now forward auction bidders will start competing for the 108 MHz of spectrum relinquished (actually 80...
FCC sets $40.3B clearing cost as incentive auction enters Stage 3 of bidding (12/2/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] Forward bidding in Stage 3 of the FCC’s auction of 600 MHz airwaves is expected to begin Monday, with carriers and would-be service providers once again vying for TV broadcasters’ spectrum. And the next round could be much more telling than the first two. The commission completed the third stage of...
FCC 600 MHz auction sets $40.3B target for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile (12/2/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Telecommunication operators are set for their third chance to acquire access to 600 MHz spectrum licenses, though they will need to come up with more than $40 billion in combined bids to close the Federal Communications Commission’s latest incentive auction round. The government agency wrapped up the third stage of the...
Sprint capex to rebound in 2017, claims 600 MHz spectrum ‘of the past’ (12/1/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Another way Sprint is keeping a lid on expenses is by forsaking the ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. The carrier announced late last year it would forgo the proceedings citing its already robust spectrum holdings concentrated in the 2.5 GHz band.During this week’s investor conference, Robiatti further downplayed the need for...
FCC to Pay Less for Airwaves as Auction Moves to Third Round (12/1/2016) - [Source: ADVFN] The amount the U.S. government could spend to buy up airwaves from local TV stations fell 26%, as a complex auction that is designed to free up spectrum for wireless services enters its third round. The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it agreed to spend $40.3 billion to acquire airwaves from broadcasters, below...
Broadcasters Set New $40B Spectrum-Clearing Price (12/1/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The third stage of the FCC’s broadcast incentive spectrum auction closed Thursday after 52 rounds, with the broadcasters’ new asking price now $40,313,164,425 for 108 MHz of spectrum. That is less than half of the broadcasters’ original asking price, though that was for more spectrum. The FCC has said stage three of...
What to Expect From the Trump FCC (12/1/2016) - [Source: Perkins Coie] …Although not as widely controversial, other material decisions adopted by [FCC] 3-2 votes included the following: incentive auction procedures, IP network technology transitions, mobile spectrum holdings, the national audience reach cap for ownership of television stations, Telephone Consumer Protection Act rule, submarine cable outage reporting requirements and rates for interstate inmate calling...
Trump’s latest FCC adviser opposes net neutrality rules, supports spectrum sharing (12/1/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] “The FCC’s recent actions and the White House’s intervention is inconsistent with a stable, evidence-based regulatory approach,” [Roslyn] Layton and [Mark] Jamison wrote last year in a joint piece responding to the FCC’s adoption of rules addressing net neutrality. “The situation distracts the FCC from its mission-critical responsibilities, such as the upcoming...
ACA to FCC: Deny Nexstar-Media General Waiver (11/30/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …Because Media General had indicated it would be participating in the auction—it was allowed by the FCC to signal, and did signal, that it was applying to be eligible—FCC action on the transfer could provide more specific information about the auction, which is why the FCC decided it would not act...
Sprint CFO: Site permits will boost capital spending next year (11/30/2016) - [Source: Kansas City Business Journal] [CFO Tarek] Robbiati said [Sprint’s 2.5GHz holdings were] the “best and most efficient” to cater to high-capacity wireless data networks. This, and not a lack of funds, was why Sprint didn’t participate in the FCC’s enormous 600 MHz spectrum auction earlier this year, Robbiati said. “It’s simply because it’s a spectrum...
Sprint’s (S) Wireless Expansion Plans Bode Well, Risks Stay (11/30/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zacks] ….Further, Sprint’s decision to skip Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 600 MHz low-band airwaves auction will save cash for the company but will limit its scope for network upgrades and expansion, which may hurt operations over the long term. Additionally, the company has a debt-laden balance sheet, negative operating cash flow...
December Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – EEO Reports, Ownership and Ancillary Revenue Reports, Ownership Review and Incentive Auction Updates (11/30/2016) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] …The TV incentive auction marches on. The FCC has just announced that the current Stage 3 Reverse Auction will end on December 1, with the wireless bidders expected to begin their Forward Auction on Monday, December 5. Watch this bidding to see if we will see an end to this incentive...
FCC Plans Dec. 5 Start for Forward Auction (11/29/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC says it expects to start stage three of the forward auction on Dec. 5. That is not official, but in announcing that stage three of the reverse auction will end Dec. 1—barring computer issues or other outside factors—the FCC said it anticipated starting the forward auction Dec 5, adding: “Forward auction bidders...
Advocate Wants FCC Auction To Fund Local Journalism (11/29/2016) - [Source: Law360] A portion of the profits from the FCC’s experimental broadcast incentive auction should support community information projects and journalism, advocacy group Free Press said Monday in launching a new campaign that pushes for using funding from the auctioning of public TV licenses. Free Press is first focusing on New Jersey and the proceeds...
White Paper: Bright Futures Ahead for Cellphone Booster Manufacturers (11/29/2016) - [Source: Commercial Integrator] Manufacturers state the FCC’s spectrum auction won’t impact the continued reliance upon their products that enhance cellular network signals. …it’s important to note the impact of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spectrum sale on long-term cellphone signal booster growth, as well as public’s limited awareness of both the FCC auction and the...
Trump taps another net neutrality critic for FCC transition (11/29/2016) - [Source: The Hill] The Trump transition team announced on Tuesday that Roslyn Layton will join the FCC landing team. Layton will work alongside Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison… Layton went on to say [in a 2015 editorial] that the FCC should focus on other matters. “The situation distracts the FCC from its mission-critical responsibilities, such as the...
Decoding the Spectrum Auction — and What It Could Mean for Communities Craving Better News and Information (11/29/2016) - [Source: Free Press] …Whether the public will gain anything from this major redistribution of the airwaves is an open question. These are the public’s airwaves, and their use has always come with public interest obligations.Free Press believes that communities should benefit from the sale of these valuable resources. That’s why we just launched a new...
T-Mobile/Sprint tie-up is far from certain under Trump: Cowen and Co. (11/29/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …Deutsche Telekom has long looked to offload its U.S. carrier, but earlier this year shelved those efforts to focus on the incentive auction. Investors appear to be betting that consolidation in wireless will be more likely under Trump, and the two FCC advisers the incoming president made last week may signal a far lighter...
Next phase of forward bidding in FCC 600 MHz incentive auction set for Dec. 5 (11/29/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to goose the domestic market’s move into the “5G” space is set to begin its next move as the government agency said it expects the third forward auction phase of its ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction process to begin Dec. 5. The FCC said it expects...
Morning Tech: Decision on House E&C gavel expected this week (11/29/2016) - [Source: Politico] FCC AUCTION UPDATE — FCC bidding for TV station airwaves in the third stage of the incentive auction is expected to wrap up by Thursday. The agency has been offering decreasing payments for broadcast spectrum as it tries to find a balance between spectrum supply and demand. Wireless bidding for those airwaves is...
Activists Think the FCC’s Broadcast Spectrum Auction Could Save Local Journalism (11/29/2016) - [Source: Motherboard] …a group of activists is trying to steer the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadcast spectrum auction into a way to strengthen local journalism and community-information projects. The Free Press Action Fund, a project by digital media campaigner Free Press, has this week launched a new campaign aimed at getting funds raised by public...
ACA Takes Aim at Nexstar-Media General Merger (11/28/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] …The deal proposal [for Nexstar’s acquisition of Media General] was not filed until after the deadline for FCC action on stations in the broadcast incentive auction. The commission had said it would not approve any deals for the duration of the auction if they involved stations potentially in the auction, which the...
FCC’s Latest TV Reverse Auction Ending Dec. 1 (11/28/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC Monday signaled that, barring the unforeseen, stage three of the reverse portion of the broadcast incentive auction will close Dec. 1. That had been the expectation, but the FCC put an exclamation point on it by announcing it would hold up to five rounds that day, rather than the planned...
Public TV and the FCC Spectrum: A Mystery and an Opportunity (11/28/2016) - [Source: Benton Foundation / Free Press] The Free Press Action Fund recently set out to determine which public TV stations are taking part in the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast incentive auction. First we noted which stations had already publicly announced their intention to participate or not. Then in July, we contacted by phone all auction...
UF business prof named to Trump team (11/28/2016) - [Source: Gainesville Sun] …Mark Jamison, director of [U. of Florida’s] Public Utility Research Center, is joining the transition team focusing on the Federal Communications Commission…. Jamison wrote a Sun editorial [that said] “The situation distracts the FCC from its mission-critical responsibilities, such as the upcoming incentive auction to get more spectrum in the marketplace and meet consumers’...
Free Press: Noncom Auction Funds Can Boost Local Journalism (11/28/2016) - [Source: Radio World / Broadcasting & Cable] Activist group Free Press is urging lawmakers to use some of the potential billions of dollars in broadcast incentive auction proceeds to seed innovative local journalism and community projects. The idea is not to let too many of the apples in that multibillion dollar windfall to travel too...
A Chance to Invest Millions in the News and Information People Need (11/28/2016) - [Source: Free Press] …Right now the FCC is auctioning off a portion of the public airwaves to free up more bandwidth for mobile data. This auction is expected to result in as much as $50 billion going to broadcasters around the country.The auction includes noncommercial TV licenses belonging to public TV stations owned by states,...
T-Mobile again accused of misleading investors with hazy metrics (11/28/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …According to reports, DT CEO Tim Hoettges said the company was not in the “mood of selling the business.” Those comments backed ones from earlier this year when Hoettges said DT had no plans to sell T-Mobile US through at least the still ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. The decision...
An Auction That Could Transform Local Media (11/28/2016) - [Source: New York Times] With the demand for wireless broadband growing, the Federal Communications Commission is auctioning off a big chunk of the public airwaves. Billions of dollars are likely to change hands, a windfall that could transform local media across the country. This broadband spectrum is now used by TV stations to broadcast their...
AT&T’s Sneaky Plan to Improve Its Network Capacity (11/26/2016) - [Source: Motley Fool] …T-Mobile is planning to spend up to $10 billion in the ongoing incentive spectrum auction. AT&T’s recent string of big acquisitions means it will likely have to cut back on spectrum acquisition plans. …With an impending surge in video streaming and a lower expected haul from the incentive spectrum auction, AT&T is...
Coming soon? An FCC that handles only radio spectrum? (11/25/2016) - [Source: Phone Arena] …[Professor and Trump advisor Mark Jameson] envisions an FCC that scales back nearly all of its traditional functions, making way for the Federal Trade Commission, and state regulators to handle traditional telecommunications services and broadcasters, focusing instead on spectrum licensing. Even then, Jameson argues, spectrum space is being squandered due to dampened...
Comcast’s stock price hits record, making fresh deals easier to pull off (11/25/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Philly.com] …the latest FCC spectrum auction will likely create further opportunities for new arrangements among the media giants.A less-activist, Republican-led FCC and Justice Department may be less likely to block the remaining wireless phone companies from combining. Just don’t be too quick to count some of the usual deal suspects as sold...
TV tower firm warns FCC ‘quiet period’ will harm post-auction transition (11/23/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] TV tower firm Electronics Research (ERI) warned the FCC that the “quiet period” for broadcasters during the ongoing broadcast incentive auctions could have a “detrimental effect” on pre-planning for the channel reassignment transition. In a meeting with FCC officials on the Incentive Auction Task Force (IATF), ERI said that it was ramping...
Under a Cocoon, ESB Plans for New FM Era (11/22/2016) - [Source: Radio World] …With the digital TV repack coming, the current lineup of TV antennas on [the Empire State Building’s historic broadcast] tower may change, though exact details are still up in the air awaiting the results of the FCC’s spectrum auction and the business battle for tenants between Empire and the Durst Organization’s new...
5G broadband services to be challenged by mm wave spectrum limitations (11/22/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …The FCC is currently conducting an especially complex 600 MHz incentive auction process, which the government agency and some analysts have noted could provide the needed low-band spectrum support for 5G services.
Telecom Alert: November 21, 2016 – Republicans Urge FCC Regulatory Freeze… (11/21/2016) - [Source: The National Law Review] Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week, urging him to omit controversial topics from the FCC’s agenda for the remainder of his tenure and  to focus instead on ensuring a...
Eisenach Named to FCC Transition Team (11/21/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] …As a consultant, [Jeffrey Eisenach] has written papers for the National Association of Broadcasters on broadcasters property rights in the spectrum incentive auction and a study buttressing retransmission consent as a net positive, saying “the success of the U.S. retransmission consent regime provides a useful example for other nations in which television...
Trump FCC Point Man Has Broadcasting Ties (11/21/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …[Jeffrey] Eisenach, 58, is well known in communications policy circles. He has served as a consultant to NAB and the Walt Disney Co., writing detailed economic reports supporting their positions on the incentive auction, retransmission consent and ownership deregulation.Eisenach has also been called in by NCTA–The Internet & Television Association on telephone issues,...
IHS sees ‘flat to very moderate’ capex through 2016 (11/21/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …U.S. operators have cut back capex due to several factors… operators are hoping to compile cash in advance of expensive 5G deployments, and Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are all still expected to spend billions during the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum.
DT dismisses plans to sell T-Mobile US stake despite Trump election (11/18/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …DT CEO Tim Hoettges this week said the company was not in the “mood of selling the business.” Those comments backed ones from earlier this year when Hoettges said DT had no plans to sell T-Mobile US through at least the still ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings. The decision comes...
NAB: FCC Repack Deadline Likely Unachievable (11/18/2016) - [Source: Radio Magazine] The National Association of Broadcasters says the FCC likely won’t be able to fit its TV station post-auction repack plan into its 39-month deadline for doing so. It also urges the commission to reject cable operators’ argument that TV stations temporarily sharing channels should not get must-carry/retrans rights. It also said wireless...
Wheeler: We’ve ‘had no conversations’ with Trump’s team (11/17/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …Among other items, the FCC scratched a vote on proposed revisions for a regulatory framework for Business Data Services (BDS)…The move was a swift response to a request from Republican leaders that the FCC focus on the ongoing incentive auction and shelve potentially contentious issues during the transition in the White House....
An Update on the DTV Spectrum Reorganization (11/17/2016) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] While there is plenty of talk about disruptive technologies — the SDI-to-IP migration, for instance — that transition pales in comparison to the FCC’s repack of the DTV broadcast frequency spectrum. For a TV station, what could be more disruptive than having to relocate the entire operation to a different RF...
FCC Tells Court to Reject Auction-Related Legal Challenge (11/17/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has told the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject a court challenge to its decision not to protect low-power TV (LPTV) stations from being displaced in the post-broadcast incentive auction repack of TV stations. The petition for the court to review that decision was filed by Free Access &...
Noncoms Ask FCC to Expand Repack Reimbursement Catalog (11/17/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Noncommercial broadcasters want the FCC to expand its catalog of reimbursable expenses in the post-spectrum auction repack given the special challenges of noncoms in the move of channels. In comments to the FCC, PBS, CPB and America’s Public Television Stations said they realized that the FCC’s catalog of potential expenses was...
FCC Tells Court to Reject Auction-Related Legal Challenge (11/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has told the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject a court challenge to its decision not to protect low-power TV (LPTV) stations from being displaced in the post-broadcast incentive auction repack of TV stations. The petition for the court to review that decision was filed by Free Access &...
Republicans Tell FCC Chairman to Quit Making New Rules (11/16/2016) - [Source: SoloNews] Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urging him to freeze the regulatory process during the presidential transition and focus on the TV spectrum incentive auction, now in its third phase. It is one...
FCC Mustn’t Delay Post-Auction Transition, Carriers Say (11/16/2016) - [Source: Law360] Broadcasters are trying to get in the way of wireless use of spectrum after the broadcast incentive auction, the Competitive Carriers Association has told the Federal Communications Commission, saying the agency should stick to a 39-month deadline to clear the airwaves. Spectrum is key for the wireless industry, but broadcasters seem to be...
FCC Tells Court to Reject Auction-Related Legal Challenge (11/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has told the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject a court challenge to its decision not to protect low-power TV (LPTV) stations from being displaced in the post-broadcast incentive auction repack of TV stations… The FCC says it is settled that the statute creating the auction and repack did...
FCC takes BDS proposal off November agenda as presidential transition ramps (11/16/2016) - [Source: Fierce Telecom] …“The successful completion of the auction will provide needed spectrum to meet Americans’ wireless broadband needs and ensure that Americans continue to enjoy the local news and national programming broadcasters provide,” the congressmen [Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.)] wrote. “We strongly urge you to concentrate the Commission’s attention and resources...
FCC scratches scheduled votes after GOP urges narrower focus (11/16/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …Fred Upton (R-Mich.)… and Greg Walden (R-Ore.)… jointly submitted a letter (PDF) to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the auction of 600 MHz airwaves should be the Commission’s top priority for the next 10 weeks. “The successful completion of the auction will provide needed spectrum to meet Americans’ wireless broadband needs and ensure that Americans...
NAB: FCC Repack Deadline Likely Unachievable (11/16/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The National Association of Broadcasters is weary of the FCC’s 39-month deadline for the post-auction repack. The organization filed replay comments to the FCC on the repack in which it says the 39-month deadline “reflects unduly optimistic assumptions.” The comments also push for temporary channel sharing stations to receive must-carry/retrans rights.
Lawmakers To FCC: Hold Off On Controversial Issues (11/16/2016) - [Source: Radio Ink] …Upton and Walden write, “We strongly urge you to concentrate the commission’s attention and resources only on matters that require action under the law and efforts to foster the success of the broadcast incentive auction.” In O’Rielly’s statement, he says that Martin “wisely heeded the will of Congress in setting aside any...
GOP tells FCC to just stop what it’s doing until Trump is inaugurated (11/16/2016) - [Source: Ars Technica] …US Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.)… urged the commission to focus on an ongoing spectrum auction that will shift airwaves from TV broadcasters to wireless carriers… “We strongly urge you to concentrate the Commission’s attention and resources only on matters that require action under the law and efforts to foster the...
Stage Three of FCC Reverse Auction Reaches Midpoint (11/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] During all the sturm und drang over Donald Trump’s stunning presidential upset and calls from Republicans for the FCC chairman to ramp down his agenda, one thing they were not looking to preempt or delay was the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. While the political world was shifting on its axis, the...
Set-top reform ‘95% dead’ at FCC with Trump taking office, analyst says (11/16/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] …House Republicans have asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler not to move forward with any “complex and controversial items that the new Congress and Administration will have an interest in reviewing.” Wheeler has been asked to keep his focus on completing the incentive auction…
Republicans urge FCC to focus on incentive auction (11/16/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Republican congressional leaders urged the FCC to focus on the ongoing incentive auction and ease up on “controversial” issues during the transition to a Trump administration. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who serves as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee,...
AT&T will start throttling mobile video streams — here’s why (11/16/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Business Insider] Will McKitterick, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence… has compiled a detailed report on wireless carriers that examines how the wireless industry has fundamentally changed… It also looks at the factors underpinning changes in the broader wireless industry and the challenges carriers face in 2016 and beyond, including the upcoming spectrum...
NAB’s Smith: Broadcasters Remain ‘Just the Facts’ Outlets (11/15/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …NAB has asked the FCC to act on its petition to roll out the ATSC 3.0 standard in tandem with the post-incentive auction repack while continuing to simulcast in the current standard (ATSC 3.0 is not compatible with current sets), but the commission has yet to act… NAB is keenly interested in...
Congressional Repubs Call On FCC To Halt Major Actions (11/15/2016) - [Source: Law360] Hill Republicans on Tuesday asked Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to stop all action on complex or controversial issues during the transition to a new president, saying that Democrats requested the same after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan...
CCA Urges FCC to Stick With 39-Month Repack Timeline (11/15/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The Competitive Carriers Association wants the FCC to stick to its 39-month post spectrum auction TV station repack plan. Broadcasters have urged the FCC to be flexible about that deadline, arguing it may not be enough time for some stations to make the transition in what will be a complicated daisy chain...
Republicans urge FCC chair to avoid ‘controversial items’ (11/15/2016) - [Source: The Hill] Republican lawmakers… noted that Wheeler’s focus should be on ensuring “a successful broadcast incentive auction,” an initiative to encourage interested airwave license holders to sell their rights to other parties who want to transmit. A statement from FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai praised the letters from Thune, Upton and Walden. Commissioner Mike O’Rielly also urged...
House GOP Leaders Ask FCC To Hold Off Voting On Controversial Issues Until New Adminstration Takes Over (11/15/2016) - [Source: All Access Music Group] In a letter to FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER sent TODAY (11/15), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman FRED UPTON (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman GREG WALDEN (R-OR) asked that the Commission hold off on votes on controversial items until the new administration is in place. UPTON and WALDEN...
NAB’s Gordon Smith Talks News, Cross-Ownership, Spectrum Auction At Media Institute Luncheon (11/15/2016) - [Source: All Access Music Group] …On the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, SMITH called for “a successful conclusion of the auction” and added, “We must ensure that no viewer is left in the dark because a station is forced off the air or left to foot the bill for expenses that Congress did not intend and...
U S House of Representatives Committee on Energy : Upton & Walden Urge FCC Regulatory Freeze (11/15/2016) - [Source: 4-Traders] Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding possible FCC decisions during the presidential transition. Upton and Walden write: The most important challenge for the Commission over the next ten weeks...
Hill GOP Leaders Officially Ask Wheeler to Ramp It Down (11/15/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] The chairs of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Communications Subcommittee have officially asked FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler not to consider “complex and controversial items that the new Congress and Administration will have an interest in reviewing,” asking him to focus instead on completing the incentive auction. Chief among those are...
GOP Lawmakers Urge FCC Regulatory Freeze (11/15/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler urging him to freeze the regulatory process during the presidential transition and focus on the TV spectrum incentive auction, now in its third phase. “The...
Gordon Smith Speech at Media Institute Luncheon (11/15/2016) - [Source: NAB] …Also on the horizon is the conclusion of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction.We eagerly await the final stages of the auction to learn how many broadcasters will have to move their channels to make room for wireless carriers, and what resources will be needed to complete these relocations. We hope for a successful...
GatesAir wants U.S. manufacturers to get preferential treatment during 600 MHz auction repack (11/15/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] When the FCC’s incentive auction concludes and $1.75 billion in repack assistance funds go up for grabs, GatesAir wants U.S. tower and antenna manufacturers to get first dibs. In an FCC filing, GatesAir asked that the FCC adopt specific guidelines giving preference to U.S. manufacturers and service providers, citing the 1933 Buy...
Wireless likely to consolidate following incentive auction, but the Trump question looms (11/10/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Analysts have speculated for months that the wireless industry is likely to consolidate following the conclusion of the ongoing incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves. And that speculation has heated up with the election of Donald Trump. The FCC’s auction is in the midst of a third stage after Stage 2 ended...
T-Mobile predicts little increase in network capex despite increasing data usage (11/10/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] “We’ve got a significant amount of dollars that are rolling year to year into different purposes,” CFO Braxton Carter said. “At the end of this (incentive) auction we’ll pivot dollars to the 600 (MHz spectrum) and it’s a rolling investment, but we don’t see any significant increase in capex on the horizon....
A healthy year for local television, despite uncertainties (11/10/2016) - [Source: MediaLife Magazine] Does [the BIA/Kelsey] report take into account the potential impact of the FCC spectrum auction? What sort of impact do you [senior vice president / chief economist Mark Fratrik] see that having? Yes, it does. After the auction is over, there will be fewer local television stations and the remaining ones will be stronger....
Here’s what a Clinton or Trump presidential victory means for tech regulation (11/8/2016) - [Source: Recode] …There’s a lot going on in the spectrum department right now. The new administration is likely to inherit the 600 MHz auction — both its final rounds and its implementation. It’s a complex undertaking. Hot on the heels of that is the re-auctioning of Dish’s AWS licenses. The 3.5 GHz “shared spectrum” (CBRS)...
Broadcasters Ask FCC To Modify Post-Incentive Auction Repacking Plan (11/7/2016) - [Source: Lexology] Comments filed Monday by broadcasters on the FCC’s plan to implement a phased-in approach to the repacking of television stations that opt to remain on the air in the wake of the incentive auction are urging modifications to that plan to incorporate flexibility.  As broadcasters reiterated their criticism of the FCC’s 39-month deadline...
Why I Joined the NWSA (11/7/2016) - [Source: Radio World] The NWSA is a relatively new organization devoted to offering national assessment and certification programs for tower workers, filling a long time need in the wireless industry… This is particularly important as we contemplate the completion of the incentive auction and the start of the spectrum repack. The sheer volume of tall...
2016 FCC Regulatory Fees Due By September 27, 2016 (11/7/2016) - [Source: The National Law Review] The FCC has announced a deadline of 11:59 PM on September 27 for receipt of its Fiscal Year 2016 annual regulatory fees. Fees are owed on all authorizations held as of October 1, 2015 but must be paid by the current holder… This year, the FCC warned television licensees that...
Third Time’s the Charm: FCC Tries to Price Broadcast Bandwidth for Mobile (11/3/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] The FCC is once again trying to set a price for the 600 MHz broadcast spectrum that it wants to auction for mobile usage. The agency has once again started a reverse auction for 108 MHz of spectrum, which would translate to 80 MHz of usable bandwidth for service providers, where the...
Pubcasters ask FCC for more time to handle post-auction repacking (11/3/2016) - [Source: Current] National public broadcasting organizations have asked the FCC to recognize the special challenges that government licensees and stations with translators could face as they try to meet deadlines following the broadcast spectrum auction now underway. TV broadcasters could need to shift their channels, known as repacking, after the auction. Stations with translators would...
FCC on third attempt to unleash low-band 5G spectrum (11/2/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission this week began stage three of its now protracted 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings, with a new bout of reverse auction bidding looking to free up spectrum from television broadcasters. The first two rounds of the proceedings failed to find a money match between what those broadcasters...
NAB says FCC’s repacking timeline too ‘inflexible’ for broadcasters (11/2/2016) - [Source: Fierce Telecom] The FCC’s 39-month timeline for repacking spectrum after the incentive auction ends is “arbitrary and inflexible” and may force some broadcasters off the air before they can move to other channels, the National Association of Broadcasters said. The commission maintains that its schedule provides ample time to reshuffle TV broadcasters’ 600 MHz...
Nexstar, Gray, others urge FCC to terminate anti-collusion rules for stations (11/2/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] …The comments from the broadcasters in the group, which came in amid myriad other comments from interested parties including the NAB, CTIA and wireless operators including T-Mobile, arrived just as the FCC today kicked off Stage 3 of the incentive auction, with the spectrum clearing target adjusted to 108 MHz.
Charter tells FCC it aims ‘to be a key part’ of the wireless market (11/2/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Charter Communications said the FCC’s move to free up high-frequency spectrum will allow it “to be a key part” of the growth of wireless communications… Unlike its rival Comcast, Charter opted not to participate in the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum. Comcast put down a $1.8 billion deposit for the auction,...
Cable Group Opposes Temporary Channel Assignments (11/1/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Internet & Television Association (NCTA), a trade association for cable and internet providers, wrote Monday in support of the Federal Communication Commission’s tentative plan to forego temporary channel assignments during the transition period following an incentive auction to convert broadcast spectrum to wireless service use. The FCC floated the idea of temporary...
Broadcasters Want More Transition Time After FCC Auction (10/31/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to move TV stations after the broadcast incentive auction is promising but the agency is too committed to a 39-month window for the switch, the National Association of Broadcasters has told the FCC, calling the time frame “arbitrary and inflexible.” The NAB said in comments posted publicly Monday...
Comcast 10-Q Hints At Spectrum Auction Bid (10/31/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] …Based on the size of the deposit, several analysts determined that Comcast could bid for roughly 30 Megahertz of wireless spectrum. That is higher than previous estimates that Comcast would bid for between 10 MHz and 20 MHz of spectrum. AT&T and T-Mobile also made deposits $2.4 billion and $2.2 billion, respectively,...
NAB calls FCC’s 39-month repacking timeline ‘arbitrary and inflexible’ (10/31/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The FCC’s 39-month timeline for repacking the spectrum of broadcast TV stations after the incentive auction ends is “arbitrary and inflexible,” according to a filing from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and should be altered. The commission maintains that its schedule provides ample time to reshuffle TV broadcasters’ 600 MHz spectrum...
NAB criticizes FCC’s 39-month auction repack window, says it will ‘create inefficiencies’ (10/31/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] In a letter to the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters again offered criticism of the “arbitrary” 39-month incentive auction repack timeline for broadcasters changing channels. “The Commission’s continued insistence that the transition can be completed in 39 months has painted the Commission into a succession of unnecessary corners that ultimately threaten...
NAB: FCC’s Phased Approach to Repack Is Reasonable (10/31/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters says it is OK with the FCC’s phased approach to transitioning TV stations to new channels after the incentive auction, calling it a reasonable approach to spreading out the work required and trying to avoid bottlenecks in the supply chain for a daisy chain of station...
Media Bureau Seeks Comment on Updates to Catalog of Reimbursement… (10/28/2016) - [Source: Federal Register] …In order to disburse money from the $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund in accordance with the Spectrum Act and the Incentive Auction Report and Order, the Media Bureau seeks comment on changes to the Catalog, which include: Increases to the baseline costs previously proposed, the addition of new categories of reimbursement...
The Repack’s Impact on Reception (10/28/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] …People are starting to realize the incentive auction and repack will impact viewers’ TV reception. This month I’ll explain the impact of the incentive auction, channel sharing and the repack on over-the-air TV reception. Stations may sell their spectrum and go away, meaning the programming they carried may no longer be available....
Post-auction business strategies could make public TV truly independent (10/27/2016) - [Source: Current] The second stage of the FCC Spectrum Incentive Auction closed Oct. 19 after a single two-hour round. Tepid bidding by wireless carriers for UHF television spectrum again called into question the rationale behind the Spectrum Act of 2012, which authorized the auction. The demand for UHF spectrum by the wireless industry was not the...
OTA proposes transitional channel sharing to speed post-auction transition (10/27/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] OTA Broadcasting has suggested the FCC allow for voluntary transitional channel sharing to allow broadcasters to vacate their channels faster following the conclusion of the incentive auctions. In an FCC filing, the independent station owner said channel sharing would allow broadcasters to jump out of their pre-auction channels at “any point in...
A Telecom/Broadband/TV/Wireless/(and now) Entertainment Behemoth: AT&T Buys Time Warner (10/26/2016) - [Source: Benton] …AT&T may no longer be looking to spend much in the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum now that it has agreed to fork over $85 billion to acquire Time Warner. And that would likely mean that the auction won’t raise nearly as much money as had been expected. Interestingly, the merger announcement...
SBE Chapter 54 Presents Day of Learning (10/26/2016) - [Source: Radio World] The Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 54, based in Hampton Roads, Va., will host a Day of Learning on Nov. 10… Television broadcasters in attendance are offered sessions covering “FCC Repack Update;” “Facility Choices for Repack;” and “DTV Repack Panel Discussion — Repack Logistics…”
NAB’s Weller Named to NTIA Spectrum Management Committee (10/26/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Robert Weller, VP for spectrum policy at the National Association of Broadcasters, was one of 30 people tapped to advise the Obama Administration’s top telecom advisory arm… Broadcasters and the government are in the midst of a major spectrum management project as they prepare for a post-incentive auction repack of TV...
Comcast (CMCSA) Meets Q3 Earnings Tops Revenues, Shares Up (10/26/2016) - [Source: NASDAQ] …Comcast’s decision to venture into the U.S. wireless space bodes well with its diversified business model. The company is also participating in the ongoing 600 MHz wireless spectrum auction in the U.S. Comcast’s Cable business is doing well and the NBC Universal segment is also witnessing significant improvement. Recently, NBC Universal purchased DreamWorks...
Third time lucky? FCC to re-start 600MHz auction on 1 November (10/26/2016) - [Source: Telegeography] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that bidding for Stage Three of the 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) will commence on 1 November. The so-called ‘Reverse Auction’ will begin with a single, four-hour round that day and then proceed for three days with two, two-hour rounds. If required, the...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction stage three set to begin Nov. 1 (10/25/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s third attempt to match television broadcaster financial demands with telecom industry willingness to pay for 600 MHz spectrum licenses is set to begin on Nov. 1. The FCC said it would begin stage three of reverse auction bidding with plans to clear 108 megahertz of total spectrum...
FCC sets 108 MHz clearing target for Stage 3 (10/25/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The FCC set a clearing target of 108 MHz in the incentive auction as it prepares to return to TV broadcasters next week to once again determine how much it will cost to free up their airwaves for wireless users. Bidding will start in the reverse auction portion of Stage 3 of...
FCC Seeks 108 MHz In Reduced Spectrum Incentive Auction (10/25/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission has scheduled a third stage of bidding to reallocate low-band broadcast spectrum to wireless broadband providers beginning Nov. 1, seeking to auction 108 MHz of spectrum after two previous rounds fell short of their more ambitious targets. The FCC announced the third stage on Friday in which license-holders for...
NY Broadcaster Urges DC Circ. To Slip Them Into Auction (10/25/2016) - [Source: Law360] A New York broadcaster pushed for the DC Circuit to allow it into the Federal Communication Commission’s spectrum auction Tuesday, maintaining during oral arguments that the agency never notified the company that there were any problems with its license. Walker Broadcasting Co. Inc. called on a DC Circuit panel to tell the FCC...
Incentive Auction Stage 3 Clearing Target, Schedule Announced (10/25/2016) - [Source: FCC] …By this Public Notice, the Incentive Auction Task Force (Task Force) and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) announce the 108 megahertz spectrum clearing target that has been set by the Auction System’s optimization procedure for the third stage (Stage 3) of the incentive auction. This Public Notice also describes the band plan associated...
GatesAir Maxiva ULXT Liquid-Cooled DTV Transmitters Reduce Costs, Enhance Performance for Louisiana-Based Duopoly (10/24/2016) - [Source: KitPlus] …The performance of the GatesAir Maxiva M2X exciters for the transmitters has also been excellent, and we plan to eventually upgrade to the newer Maxiva XTE exciters. We’re well-positioned for any changes related to the spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0, including the ability to add many new channels….
Analyst: AT&T may opt out of incentive auction due to Time Warner deal (10/24/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] AT&T may no longer be looking to spend much in the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum now that it has agreed to fork over $85 billion to acquire Time Warner. And that would likely mean that the auction won’t raise nearly as much money as had been expected. The nation’s second-largest...
Stage 2 of the FCC’s auction of 600MHz spectrum is now over; did Comcast drop out? (10/21/2016) - [Source: PhoneArena] The FCC’s auction of 600MHz spectrum has attracted many deep pocketed companies in the industry. Still, the second round of bidding failed to reach the required $54.6 billion in bids that would have ended the entire process right then and there. Instead, the $21.5 billion that was bid fell far short; this means...
Report: AT&T has $85B deal in place to acquire Time Warner (10/21/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …The carrier [AT&T] has said it would spend at least $9 billion on spectrum in the current 600 MHz incentive auction process as part of the conditions required to gain government approval for the DirecTV deal. Industry observers have noted telecom operators would likely need to look at gaining control over...
Stage Two of FCC’s 600MHz auction ends after one round of bidding (10/21/2016) - [Source: TeleGeography] Stage Two of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) came to an abrupt end this week after a single round of bidding. In total, bidders offered USD21.520 billion for TV broadcasters’ airwaves in the so-called ‘Forward Auction’, far short of the USD54.586 billion ‘clearing cost’ that...
Destination Repack: Not Enough Time, Money (10/20/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The planets will have to align just so if broadcasters are successful in transitioning to new or shared channels following the spectrum auction with a limited amount of money and time. The FCC has given broadcasters affected in one way or another by the channel repack—which has been estimated at nearly 2,000—39...
Telecom Stock Roundup: FCC Incentive Auction Sees Price Cut, FTC Challenges AT&T’s Data Throttling Ruling (10/20/2016) - [Source: Zacks] The telecom industry experienced a good run on the bourses last week as most of the key stocks traded in the green. The U.S. telecom regulator, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has reduced the clearing target price of the ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as the Incentive Auction. At present,...
Quick end to auction’s Stage 2 may mean Comcast threw in the towel. Or it may mean nothing. (10/20/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The unexpectedly abrupt end to Stage 2 of the FCC’s incentive auction yesterday might mean a major player such as Comcast suddenly opted to throw in the towel in pursuit of those airwaves. Or it might mean nothing at all. The second stage of the highly anticipated auction ended after a single...
Blink and You Missed It: Stage 2 of the Incentive Auction Ends (10/20/2016) - [Source: JDSupra Business Advisor] With great anticipation, the Stage 2 Forward Auction commenced at 10am this morning.  It officially ended at 12:14pm, when the FCC announced: Bidding in the forward auction has concluded for Stage 2 without meeting the final stage rule and without meeting the conditions to trigger an extended round. The incentive auction...
FCC forward auction fails to attract enough bids – again (10/19/2016) - [Source: Telecom Finance] The latest stage of the FCC’s ongoing incentive spectrum auction has concluded abruptly, ending after a single bidding round. Participants bid a total US$21.52bn for the 90 MHz worth of bandwidth on offer in the second round of the forward auction, according to the FCC website.
FCC 600 MHz auction stage 2 ends after 1 round; on to stage 3 (10/19/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Well, that was quick. The Federal Communications Commission needed just one round of bidding in the second stage of forward auction activity for its ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings to realize telecom operators were not interested in meeting the financial demands of television broadcasters. The latest action kicked off this...
Second Round of FCC Incentive Auction Fizzles Out (10/19/2016) - [Source: Phone Scoop] The second round of the FCC‘s reverse auction ended suddenly in just a few hours due to lack of demand. Earlier this month the FCC lowered the targeted clearing cost of the spectrum licenses to $54.6 billion. Today’s bids reached about $20.5 billion, falling far short and leaving the round nowhere else...
FCC Airwaves Auction Fails to Draw Enough Bids, Again (10/19/2016) - [Source: The Wall Street Journal] The latest stage of the U.S. government’s massive airwave auction unexpectedly ended Wednesday after a single round of bidding, triggering a new stage of the complex process that aims to free up spectrum for wireless services. Bidding for the airwave licenses closed Wednesday after two hours because of lack of...
Spectrum Bids Fall Short In FCC Incentive Auction (10/19/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum incentive auction has come up short for the second time, the agency said Wednesday, with the latest round failing to clear a $54.6 billion hurdle for a targeted 114 megahertz of spectrum. The auction is meant to reallocate portions of low-band spectrum held by TV broadcasters — valuable...
NAB Statement on Close of Stage Two of Forward Auction (10/19/2016) - [Source: NAB] In response to the close of Stage 2 of the forward auction of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction after one round of bidding, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “NAB is surprised by the results of wireless carrier bidding in the second stage of...
Stage 2 of incentive auction ends after a single round generates only $21.5B in bids (10/19/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Stage 2 of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves came to an unexpectedly abrupt end this morning after a single round of bidding. Bidders offered up only $21.5 billion for TV broadcasters’ airwaves, far short of the $54.6 billion that was necessary for the event to conclude after the second...
FCC’s Forward Auction Closes After Only One Round (10/19/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] According to the FCC, the second stage of the forward portion of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction—which only launched Wednesday—went only one two-hour round, is now closed and the FCC will have to move to yet another round of reverse auction broadcasters bidding at a lower clearing target. There was no one immediately available...
FCC set again to entice Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile et al with 600 MHz spectrum (10/19/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s second attempt to match television broadcaster wants with wireless telecommunication operator needs is about to begin as phase two of the 600 MHz incentive forward auction process is set to get underway. As you may remember from part one of this saga, telecom operators stopped throwing money...
ATSC 3.0 Transition Go-To Guide Released (10/18/2016) - [Source: Radio & Television Business Report] Station groups representing nearly 400 U.S. TV broadcasters and a host of broadcasting equipment and service suppliers are releasing a comprehensive planning guide for a transition to ATSC 3.0, the next-generation broadcast TV service designed to allow local stations to more effectively warn viewers in emergencies, provide broadcasts that are richer in...
T-Mobile Gives FCC’s Post-Auction Transition Plan Thumbs-Up (10/18/2016) - [Source: Law360] T-Mobile is throwing its support behind the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal for transitioning stations to new airwaves after the broadcast incentive auction so wireless carriers can begin using the spectrum they purchase, according to an ex parte filing Monday calling for flexibility. According to the filing, T-Mobile USA Inc. representatives met last week...
Bidders unlikely to meet $54.6B clearing cost as FCC incentive auction resumes tomorrow (10/18/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Stage 2 of the forward portion of the FCC’s incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves kicks off tomorrow, with the Commission returning to bidders looking to deploy wireless services on TV broadcasters’ spectrum. And while no one knows just how long the next round will take, few expect the auction to end...
TV’s RF Roulette (10/18/2016) - [Source: The Broadcast Bridge] …Round 1 of Forward Auction Bidding begins at 10 am ET on 19 October 2016. With the clearing target spectrum reduced from 126 MHz of to 114 MHz, the total asking price was lowered from $88.4 billion to approximately $54 billion. The first phase of the Forward Auction only reached $23...
FCC Reduces the Clearing Target Price for Incentive Auction (10/17/2016) - [Source: Zacks] The U.S. telecom regulator, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), recently reduced the clearing target price of the ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as the Incentive Auction. At present, the regulatory body is going through the stage 2 of the second part of the auction. Stage 1 of the second part...
Post-Incentive Auction Scheduling Plan Webinar (10/17/2016) - [Source: FCC] The Federal Communications Commission’s (Commission) Incentive Auction Task Force (IATF), in conjunction with the Media Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Office of Engineering and Technology, will host a webinar on the proposed post-incentive auction transition scheduling plan.1 At the webinar Commission staff will provide an overview of the proposed plan and discuss related...
Second round of FCC’s reverse auction ends with US$54.6bn clearing cost (10/15/2016) - [Source: Telecom Finance] The second round of the reverse part of the FCC’s incentive spectrum auction has concluded with a cost of US$54.6bn to clear the targeted amount of spectrum – more than US$30bn less than at the end of the first round. Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker said the new US$54.6bn clearing cost is well below...
Try, Try Again: Stage 2 Reverse Auction Concludes at $54.6B (10/14/2016) - [Source: JDSupra Business Advisor] The FCC has announced the conclusion of the Stage 2 Reverse Auction, moving the spotlight from the broadcasters willing to relinquish 114 MHz of their spectrum to the bidders in the forward auction hoping to buy it.  Unfortunately for those wishing to see a speedy conclusion to the Spectrum Incentive Auction,...
FCC: Up-to-Date Station Contact Info Is Crucial (10/14/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The broadcast spectrum auction could extend into 2017, but it could also end by December if the wireless bidders cover the latest clearing cost from the just-completed reverse auction second stage. The Media Bureau is urging TV station licensees to update their contact information as needed. “We anticipate communicating directly with...
Second Round of FCC’s Reverse Auction Sees a Price Cut (10/14/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zacks] The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ongoing reverse auction wherein TV broadcasters sell airwaves to wireless operators has seen a massive drop in threshold price. Initially, TV broadcasters have been demanding $86 billion for 100 Mhz spectrum and have now lowered it to $54.6 billion for 90 Mhz airwaves. The auction...
FCC Reverse Auction Drops Clearing Price to $54.6B (10/14/2016) - [Source: Phone Scoop] The FCC has wrapped up the initial phase of stage two of its incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves, and drastically lowered the price for that spectrum. The initial clearing cost for all the 600 MHz spectrum was $86.4 billion, but bidders failed to come even close during the first round of...
Leg 2 of the FCC’s TV spectrum auction clears $54.6BN (10/14/2016) - [Source: Rapid TV News] The first leg netted $23.1 billion for broadcasters from wireless providers bidding on 126MHz of spectrum. Broadcasters were put on the block for more than $88 billion. Now, they’re asking more than twice that for 114MHz. Now US regulator the FCC has just completed the second leg of its incentive auction...
Latest FCC Spectrum Auction Clearing Cost Drops To $54.6B (10/13/2016) - [Source: Law360] The broadcaster side of the second stage of the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auction wrapped Thursday with a $54.6 billion cost to clear a targeted 114 MHz of spectrum, a $30 billion drop from the first stage but still well above the figure wireless providers were willing to bid on the FCC’s initial...
Incentive Auction Task Force Reminds Licensees to Update Info (10/13/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The Media Bureau and Incentive Auction Task Force wants to make sure that all television licensees have their I’s dotted and their T’s crossed. The organizations are reminding licensees to update or confirm their contact information on file with the Commission. This information is necessary for providing information and updates on things...
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have new spectrum auction financial target (10/13/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The value of wireless spectrum is often a difficult number to nail down, but at least for television broadcasters 12 megahertz of spectrum in the 600 MHz band is worth around $32 billion. Or at least that is what can be surmised from the close this week on the second phase...
Day Two Broadcast Symposium Presentations Focus on RF (10/13/2016) - [Source: Radio World] In his presentation, “TV Repack Implications for FM Station Operations”, Jim Stenberg, principal engineer with American Tower Corp.’s RF broadcast division, looked at what may happen in terms of TV stations having to relocate their transmitting plant sites, add antennas to existing masts, or combine transmission facilities with other broadcasters in the...
FCC Airwaves Auction Size Drops Nearly 40% in Second Round (10/13/2016) - [Source: Wall Street Journal] The amount the U.S. government could spend to buy up airwaves from local TV stations dropped nearly 40% in the second round of complex bidding that is designed to free up spectrum for wireless services. The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it agreed to spend $54.6 billion to acquire airwaves from...
FCC ends stage 2 auction w/ clearing cost at USD 54.6 bln (10/13/2016) - [Source: Telecom.paper BV] The FCC has completed the second stage of its broadcast reverse auction, lowering its clearing cost to USD 54.6 billion, nearly 40 percent lower than the initial target price of USD 86.4 billion. FierceWireless quoted analysts as saying the event is unlikely to end soon. The second phase of the reverse auction...
The FCC reverse auction closes out round two (10/13/2016) - [Source: Media Life Magazine] Round two of the Federal Communications Commission reverse auction ended Thursday morning with much more favorable numbers than round one. While it will still be a challenge for the forward auction to cover the costs, it’s more within the realm of possibility than last time. The broadcast clearing cost fell to...
FCC sets auction clearing cost at $54.6B for Stage 2 (10/13/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The FCC lowered its clearing cost in the incentive auction to $54.6 billion following the second stage of the reverse auction, knocking nearly 40 percent off the initial target price of $86.4 billion. But analysts say the event is still unlikely to end soon. The Commission wrapped up the second phase of...
FCC Reverse Auction Stage II Closes at $54.6B (10/13/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The second stage of the TV spectrum incentive auction has closed at a clearing target cost of $54.6 billion, north of twice what the $23.1 billion wireless providers bid in the first stage of the forward auction. The first stage targeted 126 MHz of spectrum, which broadcasters put on the block for...
Media Bureau and Incentive Auction Task Force Urge Television Licensees to Update Contact Information (10/13/2016) - [Source: FCC] 1. The Media Bureau and the Incentive Auction Task Force remind all television licensees that it is essential that they ensure that their contact information on file with the Commission is accurate and current. 2. Licensees are obligated to keep current the contact information for each of their stations so that the Commission...
Broadcasters Release ATSC Road Map (10/13/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] …This ATSC 3.0 road map was developed to provide broadcasters with information for station management and broadcast engineers to transition from ATSC 1.0… The guide is also meant to help plan for channel changes that could result from the FCC Spectrum Repack….
TV Stations Lower The Threshold For Bids In FCC’s Broadcast Spectrum Auction (10/13/2016) - [Source: Deadline] Wireless broadband companies and TV stations are coming together in their views about how much broadcasters’ airwave spectrum is worth. But they still have a way to go before reaching agreement based on the second round of bidding that closed today in the FCC’s important spectrum auction. Stations indicated that they’re willing to accept...
ATSC 3.0 pulls into the home stretch (10/13/2016) - [Source: Rapid TV News] …[The] ATSC 3.0 Implementation and Planning Guide was developed to provide broadcasters with detailed ATSC 3.0 information for use by station management and broadcast engineers… while also planning for channel changes that could result from the FCC Spectrum Repack Program…
Math behind spectrum reallocation (10/12/2016) - [Source: GCN] There’s a lot at stake in the Federal Communications Commission’s two-sided incentive auction that will repurpose UHF TV broadcast spectrum for wireless telecommunications. And the mathematical calculations involved are immense. To ensure accuracy — and  make the world’s largest reverse and forward auction possible — the FCC created the Auction Optimization Model. AOM...
Morning Tech: October 12, 2016 (10/12/2016) - [Source: Politico] …Bidding is expected to end today after 52 rounds in broadcasters’ second attempt at selling off their airwaves’ licenses in the FCC’s incentive auction. The FCC will share the new clearing cost, which is the amount of money wireless carriers and others will have to collectively come up with in the forward auction....
AT&T, Verizon top capex spenders in 2015, study finds (10/11/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …Several factors appear to be weighing down wireless capex investments… And AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are all expected to spend billions on 600 MHz airwaves in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ spectrum. But [the Progressive Policy Institute] said fear of increased regulatory activity in the wireless market may also...
Will FCC Reduce the Clearing Target for Incentive Auction? (10/10/2016) - [Source: Zacks] According to a recent report by BTIG Research, U.S. telecom regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), may reduce the clearing target price of the ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as the Incentive Auction. At present, the regulatory body is going through the stage 2 of the second part of...
‘Spectrum crunch’ may slow US mobile revolution (10/9/2016) - [Source: Interaksyon] …AT&T chairman Randall Stephenson said the industry is in “a race against time” and that if there is a data overload, “the speed of the mobile revolution will slow down (and) prices, download times and consumer frustration will all increase.” He wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the FCC auction is an...
Spectrum support remains critical for industry’s 5G plans (10/7/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …While high-band spectrum is expected to play a significant role in the initial launch of 5G services, long-term planning is likely to require the eventual infusion of spectrum below 6 GHz in order to provide the necessary coverage for some use cases like connected cars and autonomous vehicles. The FCC’s ongoing...
FCC Told To Wrap Up Review Of Nexstar-Media General Deal (10/6/2016) - [Source: Law360] Broadcasters urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to finish reviewing Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc.’s $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General Corp. and, if approved, let the deal go forward during the incentive auction, or risk penalizing broadcasters during an extended auction process. The deal has been waiting far longer than the FCC’s...
Incentive Auction Task Force Provides Details and Updated Schedule for Webinar on Post-Incentive Auction Scheduling Plan (10/6/2016) - [Source: FCC] On Monday, October 17, 2016, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Federal Communications Commission’s (Commission) Incentive Auction Task Force (IATF), in conjunction with the Media Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Office of Engineering and Technology, will host a webinar on the proposed post-incentive auction transition scheduling plan. At the webinar Commission...
To prosper amid coming disruptions, public television needs a post-auction agenda (10/6/2016) - [Source: Current] The pace of technological change for broadcast television is accelerating. The coming influx of spectrum auction proceeds will be unprecedented. Public television’s ability to adapt and respond could well determine its future relevance in American society. Sales of spectrum in the FCC’s voluntary incentive auction, now in its second stage, are to be...
FCC Seeks Comment on Proposed Incentive Auction Station Repack Plan (10/6/2016) - [Source: JDSupra Business Advisor] On September 30, 2016, the FCC issued a 51-page Public Notice describing the FCC’s proposed plan to repack broadcast television stations over a 39-month transition period subsequent to the completion of the incentive auction. Through the “repacking” process, the FCC proposes to move numerous TV stations to other locations of the television...
BTIG: New clearing target for 600 MHz auction likely to be $50B to $65B (10/6/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The FCC will likely drop its clearing target to a range from $50 billion to $65 billion during Stage 2 of the forward auction of 600 MHz spectrum, BTIG Research predicted, setting the figure for how much money must be raised for the event to be completed. But the event will probably...
NAB to FCC: Approve the Nexstar-Media General review already (10/6/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] …NAB, along with several diversity groups, wants the FCC not to wait until its incentive auction is over to approve the merger. The delay is somewhat bureaucratic — the agency said Nexstar and Media General missed a filing deadline that would have enabled the agency to transfer licenses of stations participating in...
NAB Wants FCC to Hurry Up and Approve Nexstar Media General Deal (10/6/2016) - [Source: Adweek] …The NAB says the FCC shouldn’t follow its own rules about not approving transactions during the incentive auction and move on the announced merger since both parties are known to the commission and the ownership changes are “clearly identified.” “As the auction moves forward with no fixed end date, Nexstar and Media General...
FCC beta-tests auction reimbursement system (10/6/2016) - [Source: Rapid TV News] The US Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau has announced a limited beta test of the Incentive Auction Broadcaster Relocation Reimbursement System — FCC Form 2100, Schedule 399. Television stations reassigned to new channels and the multichannel video distributors that carry those stations will file Form 399 to claim reimbursements from the...
FCC Repack Plan: Key Points (10/5/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] TV Technology gleaned some key points from the phased-in repack plan proposed by the Federal Communications Commission last Friday. (See, “FCC Proposes DMA-Level Phased Repack,” Sept. 30.) Comments on this plan, described in the Transition Scheduling Plan Public Notice, are due Oct. 31. Replies are due Nov. 17. The quiet period prohibiting...
NAB Asks FCC To Act on Nexstar/Media General (10/5/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The National Association of Broadcasters has joined with a number of diversity groups in asking the FCC not to wait until after the incentive auction is over, which is likely a couple months away at least and perhaps more, to act on the Nexstar/Media General merger request. NAB said that given...
CCA and T-Mobile talk 5G, IoT, VoLTE and policy (10/5/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …CCA President and CEO Steve Berry… touched on a number of topics impacting the organization’s members. These included data roaming, business data services and and the ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction process. In terms of the movement toward 5G, T-Mobile US CTO Neville Ray took to the stage for a keynote presentation...
FCC Invites Broadcasters to Test Repack Reimbursement System (10/5/2016) - [Source: Wiley on Media] The FCC is providing broadcasters with an opportunity to test and provide feedback on the Incentive Auction Broadcaster Relocation Reimbursement System, which is the online form that the Commission will use to collect requests for reimbursement of repacking expenses (technically known as FCC Form 2100, Schedule 399). Beginning on October 4, 2016, broadcasters...
At 60, Broadcasters Clinic Keeps Focus on Engineers (10/4/2016) - [Source: Radio World] …Radio-related tech talks from manufacturers include discussions about liquid-cooled FM digital transmitters… building IP audio networks; the impact of TV repack on radio; remote control and SNMP; engineering microwave links; and advantages of aluminum transmission line….
Media Bureau Announces BETA Testing of Post-Incentive Auction Broadcaster Relocation Reimbursement System (10/4/2016) - [Source: FCC] The Media Bureau announces a limited beta test of the Incentive Auction Broadcaster Relocation Reimbursement System (FCC Form 2100, Schedule 399, commonly known as Form 399). Television stations reassigned to new channels and MVPDs that carry those stations will file Form 399 to claim reimbursement from the $1.75 billion TV Broadcaster Relocation Fund...
FCC : Forward Auction Begins Four Days After Reverse Ends (10/4/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC will launch the second stage of the forward auction portion of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction four days after the close of stage two of the reverse auction. Stage two of the revers has currently completed round 35, and is expected to wrap up mid-week next week, or perhaps...
AES Show Offers Plenty of News (10/4/2016) - [Source: Sports Video Group] …While acknowledging that the loss of the 600 MHz range via a series of FCC-mandated auctions would be disruptive, panelists suggested that recent events might be mitigating that disruption to a degree. Sennheiser’s spectrum guru, Joe Ciaudelli, noted, The longer the auction stays open, the better it is for us. We’re...
Breaking Down the 5G Future: An Editorial Feature Report (10/3/2016) - [Source: University Chronicle / RCR Wireless] The report, entitled: “Breaking down the 5G future,” contains insight into… what role spectrum will play in 5G, including the ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction, plans for spectrum sharing in the 3.5 GHz band and work in the millimeter wave bands; how current 4G LTE networks and technologies fit...
UPDATED: FCC Proposes DMA-Level Phased Repack (10/2/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a phased-in repack following the TV spectrum incentive auction. The transition will involve a market-by-market approach, concentrating on moving stations within individual designated market area in no more than two moves. The post-auction transition will involve moving many TV station signals to new channels. The Transition...
FCC Floats Phased Post-Auction Station Repack Plan (9/30/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission on Friday revealed its proposal for transitioning stations to new airwaves after the ongoing broadcast incentive auction so wireless carriers can begin using the spectrum they purchase, seeking comment on a phased approach aimed at efficiency and minimal consumer disruption. The proposal for moving potentially hundreds of channels in...
TV spectrum auction enters next stage with new bidding, lower prices (9/30/2016) - [Source: Current] The first stage of the FCC reverse auction of television spectrum concluded as many analysts had predicted: Sellers’ opening bid prices were more than $60 billion higher than what the forward auction buyers were willing to pay. We believe it’s unlikely that the second stage of the auction will succeed at matching sellers’...
FCC Seeks Comment on Post-Incentive Auction Transition Scheduling Plan (9/30/2016) - [Source: Benton Foundation] The Federal Communications Commission delegated authority to its Media Bureau to establish construction deadlines within the 39-month post-auction transition period for television stations that are assigned to new channels in the incentive auction repacking process. Pursuant to the FCC’s direction, the Bureau, in consultation with the Incentive Auction Task Force (IATF), the...
Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau Seek Comment on Post-Incentive Auction Transition Scheduling Plan (9/30/2016) - [Source: FCC] …In order to balance “the need for a post-incentive auction transition timetable that is flexible for broadcasters and that minimizes disruption to viewers” with the need for a schedule that “provide[s] certainty to wireless providers and [is] completed as expeditiously as possible” the Commission established a 39-month period for reassigned stations to transition...
American Tower (AMT) Raised to Strong Buy on 5G Prospects (9/29/2016) - [Source: Zacks] Wireless operators have been actively participating in the FCC’s spectrum auction (600 Mhz) to drive investments in 5G networks. Notably, Verizon Communications Inc. plans to launch 5G network next year while carriers like AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc. have hinted at a launch before 2020. We believe that increased investment in 5G...
Comcast, Charter and cable’s uncertain wireless future (9/28/2016) - [Source: Fierce Cable] … With common deployment strategies for cable and wireless now in place, [Nokia CTO Marcus] Weldon said it’s now a question of what spectrum to use. That could mean becoming a licensed spectrum owner or using unlicensed spectrum. With the ongoing 600 MHz auction, licensed spectrum could be in the cards for...
Nexstar Broadcasting Prices $2.75 Billion Term Loan B Facility (9/27/2016) - [Source: Business Wire] …On January 27, 2016, Nexstar and Media General entered into a definitive merger agreement… entitling Media General shareholders to net cash proceeds as received from the sale of Media General’s spectrum in the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) incentive auction. Nexstar intends to use, among others, the net proceeds from the term loan...
Despite 600 MHz auction concerns, T-Mobile’s CTO reiterates 2017 buildout hopes (9/27/2016) - [Source: Fierce Telecom] Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s EVP and CTO, reiterated the carrier’s expectations that it will be able to begin building out a network on 600 MHz spectrum as early as next year. “We’re in the middle, of course, of the 600 MHz auction. I think there’s a lot of talk of spectrum not getting built or...
Comcast wireless plans revive T-Mobile M&A speculation (9/26/2016) - [Source: Telecom Finance] Comcast’s recent confirmation that it intends to enter the wireless market has rekindled speculation that it may seek to acquire T-Mobile US. New Street Research analysts have predicted that the cable sector’s move into mobile could lead to “tectonic shifts.” Both Comcast and Charter are taking part in the FCC’s ongoing incentive spectrum auction…...
Dish Network Faces New Suit for Spectrum Discount Claims (9/26/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zacks] Dish Network has been steadily building its wireless spectrum portfolio to prepare ground for the launch of its wireless TV services. The company’s pay-TV business model is facing serious customer churn to over the top (OTT) service providers like Netflix Inc. NFLX. Additionally, wireless players like Verizon Communications Inc. VZ...
Comcast Is Launching a Wireless Service Next Year (9/25/2016) - [Source: The Motley Fool] Last year, Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) sparked speculation that it was working on a wireless service. It entered as a bidder in the FCC’s incentive auction for wireless spectrum, and it activated an agreement to use Verizon‘s (NYSE:VZ) wireless network in its own service. CEO Brian Roberts finally confirmed the company’s plans at...
Comcast (CMCSA) to Increase Stake in Comcast Spectator (9/23/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zacks] …Comcast is actively participating in Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ongoing 600 MHz low-band spectrum auction. Moreover, the venture into the wireless space will allow Comcast to expand its Internet TV service. Interestingly, soon after this announcement, Comcast’s immediate rival, Charter Communications Inc. CHTR announced plans to venture into the wireless...
Nexstar, Media General Ask FCC To OK Deal Mid-Auction (9/22/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission should let Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. complete its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General Inc. before the broadcast incentive auction ends, the companies told the regulator Wednesday, as waiving rules against major ownership changes mid-auction would best benefit the public interest. Nexstar and Media General, which had won the...
Comcast Hopes a Cell-Phone Service Will Keep You From Cutting the Cord (9/21/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Consumer Reports] …“We believe there will be a big payback with reduced churn, more stickiness, and better satisfaction,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said at the conference. The move also underscores Comcast’s wireless ambitions. The company is bidding for airwaves via the federal government’s auction of wireless spectrum. It also reportedly has...
FCC incentive auction repack plan coming soon (9/20/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] With stage 2 of the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction currently underway, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is promising to soon release information on the post-auction transition and TV channel repack plan. In prepared remarks to the Senate Commerce Committee, Wheeler said the Incentive Auction Task Force will soon release for discussion and...
FCC Could Boost Reverse Auction Round Total (9/20/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] As the incentive auction is now into the second week of its reverse portion, the number of rounds per day could be bumped up to three as bidders become more comfortable with the process. After stage two began on Sept. 13 with a single four-hour round, the auction has held two two-hour...
Comcast CEO affirms truce with Netflix, wireless plans (9/20/2016) - [Source: Philadelphia Inquirer] Comcast will make Netflix available on the Xfinity cable-TV  service by Thanksgiving, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in New York on Tuesday morning… To that end, Comcast is believed to be participating this year in a secret federal auction of wireless spectrum. The Philadelphia company could sell spectrum owned by its NBC...
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Future Proofs their Productions with Lectrosonics (9/20/2016) - [Source: Sound & Video Contractor] …There are numerous broadcast transmitter sites on the hills above Pittsburgh… Consequently, the organization required a wireless microphone system that would be impervious to the local RF environment. “We needed a system which was nimble and could cover us for some time as the frequency spectrum settles down and we...
Groundhog day in 600 MHz as FCC restarts failed auction process (9/20/2016) - [Source: Rethink Wireless] The FCC is trying to rescue its flagship spectrum auction, returning to broadcasters to try to set a price for a reduced amount of 600 MHz airwaves after the failure of the first reverse auction. When the terms of the process were being debated last year, concern centered on whether broadcasters would...
Comcast to Launch Wi-Fi Phone Service by Mid-2017, CEO Says (9/20/2016) - [Source: Bloomberg Technology] Comcast Corp. will introduce a Wi-Fi-based wireless service by the middle of next year, entering a market dominated by Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc… Comcast is also among the potential bidders for wireless airwaves in a current federal auction. Acquiring spectrum would significantly boost Comcast’s wireless ambitions by making it easier...
Comcast Will Launch New Wireless Service in Mid-2017 (9/20/2016) - [Source: CoLaBug] …Speaking on a conference call in February, Comcast executives re-iterated the company’s interest in eventually offering wireless service, by confirming the cable giant would participate in the FCC’s 600 MHz spectrum auction. Comcast also confirmed it has been working on a wireless product for a while, recently reaching out to Verizon to rework...
Comcast to launch wireless service in 2017 with Verizon MVNO, 15M Wi-Fi hotspots (9/20/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Comcast will finally join the wireless market next year, CEO Brian Roberts said this morning, leveraging its network of 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots and a 5-year-old MVNO agreement with Verizon to create a new revenue stream… Comcast is also registered to bid in the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves...
If You Actually Want Comcast To Be Your Mobile Provider, 2017’s Your Year (9/20/2016) - [Source: Consumerist] The idea of Comcast becoming a mobile carrier… picked up steam this past July when two new pieces of news hit at the same time. The first was that Comcast planned to participate in the spectrum auction currently underway at the FCC. You need wireless spectrum available to you in order to launch...
Comcast to launch mobile service in 2017 (9/20/2016) - [Source: Total Telecom] U.S. cableco Comcast on Tuesday confirmed plans to launch its long-awaited mobile service by mid-2017… It is also worth noting that Comcast registered to participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) incentive auction, which aims to sell off 600-MHz frequencies until now owned by TV broadcasters. Acquiring 600-MHz spectrum would greatly extend...
Comcast confirms plans to launch mobile phone service in 2017 (9/20/2016) - [Source: The Verge] Comcast just solidified long-rumored plans to launch its own MVNO cellular service… Back in July, Comcast promoted executive Greg Butz to lead the freshly created Comcast Mobile division. The company has also signaled interest in the FCC’s 600MHz auction. The Verizon-Comcast partnership runs all the way back to a deal reached in 2012,...
FCC TV Spectrum Reverse Auction: Here’s What That Means (9/20/2016) - [Source: Benzinga] Ahead of the spectrum reverse auction later this week, investors from telecom service providers like Verizon Communications Inc. VZ 0.14% and AT&T Inc. T 0.21% and cable service providers like Comcast Corporation CMCSA 0.62% would be keen to know how it works. How It Works The process can be termed into different stages....
CCA Annual Convention deep lineup focuses on policy, 5G and IoT (9/20/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless] …CCA has lined up a cast of keynote speakers headlined by [FCC] Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Ajit Pai. Topics for the FCC members are sure to include the government agency’s ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings, which recently entered into a second stage of bidding activity following the...
All 5 Broadcast Network Presidents Share Their Fall TV Playbooks (9/18/2016) - [Source: Adweek] Adweek: What keeps you up the most at night? Mark Pedowitz, president, The CW: For me, it’s what happens in the spectrum auction and how it impacts The CW and everything else. At this moment, we don’t have any idea of the implications of it all…
AT&T says it is OK with 5 million customers receiving unlimited data on its network (9/16/2016) - [Source: PhoneArena] …AT&T is using things like network functions virtualization (NFV), and software-defined networking (SDN) to make sure that its network can handle the increasing traffic. And analysts at securities house Jefferies say that even before it participates in the current FCC 600MHz auction, the carrier has enough airwaves to increase its LTE capacity by...
Setting the (Post-Election) Broadband Agenda (9/16/2016) - [Source: The Benton Foundation] Congress and the Federal Communications Commission were hard at work this week in advance of the November elections. Numerous Congressional hearings were held relating to telecommunications policy, such as Wednesday’s on the Internet domain name system transition and Thursday’s FCC oversight hearing in the Senate. But I thought I’d focus on...
FCC Reverses Again on 600MHz (9/15/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] The FCC has gone back to TV broadcasters to try and set a price for a reduced amount of 600MHz low-band spectrum to be auctioned for mobile broadband use. The new “reverse auction” started on September 13 to set the price for 114MHz of 600MHz spectrum to be sold. The first stage...
Spectrum Auction Delays Nexstar-Media General Decision (9/15/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] It appears that any FCC action on the Nexstar-Media General license transfers will have to wait until the spectrum auction is concluded, absent a waiver the applicants have sought… The spectrum auction is currently in stage two and, if past is prologue, would likely not end at the earliest for a couple of...
Dielectric to Address Spectrum Repack at 2016 Radio Show (9/15/2016) - [Source: Radio World] The TV spectrum repack looms large over the industry, and not just for those on the television side, it will have an effect on FM radio as well. With this in mind, Dielectric has announced that it will highlight some of its products that are designed to address some of the potential...
Telecom Stock Roundup: FCC Alters ”Unlock the Box” Plan, Starts Incentive Auction Stage 2 (9/15/2016) - [Source: Yahoo! Finance / Zacks] …In addition, the FCC initiated stage 2 of the second part of the ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as — Incentive Auction. Stage 1 of the Incentive Auction witnessed bids worth $23 billion after the twenty-seventh round of bidding. The FCC has received as many as...
Wheeler on Hill: Next-Gen 911 & Cybersecurity Are Priorities (9/15/2016) - [Source: Radio World] From the opening statement by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at today’s hearing on FCC oversight held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: “After years of planning, and at the direction of Congress, we are in the midst of the historic incentive auction to make available greenfield low-band spectrum by repurposing a...
FCC Chairman Wheeler Charts Course for Successful Deployment of 5G, Calls this an Historic Era for the Wireless Industry (9/15/2016) - [Source: Lexology / Global Media and Communications Watch] In his keynote speech at the CTIA Super Mobility conference in Las Vegas on September 7, 2016, Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) Chairman Tom Wheeler said that those in the wireless industry are “not just living history,” but also “writing it.” Focusing on the next generation of wireless technology...
Wheeler: FCC Will Soon Release TV Station Repack Models (9/14/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says that the incentive auction task force will “soon” be releasing models for the order and scheduling for what it expected to be a regional model for repacking TV stations after the incentive auction. That is according to his prepared testimony for a Sept. 15 FCC oversight...
FCC’s Pai Pushes for ATSC 3.0 (9/14/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] FCC commissioner Ajit Pai has allocated a sizeable portion of his prepared testimony for a Senate oversight hearing to call on the FCC to authorize ATSC 3.0 by year’s end. He pointed out that back in April, broadcasters and consumer electronics companies petitioned the FCC to allow broadcasters to implement the new...
Repack-Ready? What to Expect (9/14/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The FCC’s incentive auction is underway. Broadcasters have placed their bids to give up spectrum in the reverse auction and by the time you read this the forward auction should be under way. If the wireless carriers and others participating in the forward auction don’t bid enough to pay the broadcasters and...
U.S. FCC Initiates Stage 2 of the 600 MHz Spectrum Auction (9/14/2016) - [Source: NASDAQ / Zacks] U.S. telecom regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), yesterday, initiated stage 2 of the second part of the ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as — Incentive Auction. Stage 1 of the Incentive Auction witnessed total bids worth $23 billion after the twenty-seventh round of bidding. Notably, the...
600 MHz Incentive Auction Spectrum: 5G or Not 5G, That’s a Big Question (9/13/2016) - [Source: Current Analysis] There’s no shortage of questions surrounding the 600 MHz spectrum auctions in the U.S.: when they’ll end, how much they’ll earn, who will win. What technology will get deployed in the spectrum, however, may be the biggest question of all.
As stage 2 of incentive auction starts, it’s unclear whether 600 MHz will be used for 5G or LTE (9/13/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Stage 2 of the FCC’s ongoing incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted 600 MHz spectrum started this morning, and the agency said the event’s clearing target is now set at 114 MHz. That’s slightly lower than the 126 MHz clearing target the agency started out with at the onset of the auction...
Hearing double-header on USPTO oversight, ticket bots (9/13/2016) - [Source: Politico] AUCTION TRACKER: BIDDING RESUMES — After a brief hiatus, bidding resumes in the FCC’s incentive auction today. The FCC aims to repurpose 114 megahertz of broadcast spectrum into 90 megahertz for wireless broadband, as the auction enters the second stage.
FCC Faces Uncertain Success In Second Round Of Auction (9/12/2016) - [Source: Law360] The second stage of the Federal Communications Commission’s experimental incentive auction kicks off Tuesday after the agency was forced to lower its goal of how much spectrum it aims to clear, and experts say closing the gap between supply and demand could drag on for months. The auction is meant to reallocate portions...
DC Circ. Won’t Revive Low-Power TV Auction Challenges (9/12/2016) - [Source: Law360] The full D.C. Circuit refused Friday to revive a challenge by a low-power TV station and low-power TV investors to the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming spectrum auction, which could take some of the small local stations off the air. The appeals court issued a brief order denying a petition for a rehearing en...
FCC Launching Spectrum Auction, Take 2 (9/12/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Tuesday (Sept. 13) at 10 a.m., the FCC will take its second crack at coming up with reclaimed broadcast spectrum at a price wireless operators will be willing to pay in the forward auction. That is the start of the second stage of the reverse auction. The FCC’s first 126 MHz...
Incentive Auction Second Stage: Same as the First? Not Exactly. (9/12/2016) - [Source: FCC.gov] Tomorrow at 10:00 AM ET bidding resumes in the Incentive Auction with the opening of Stage 2. We wanted to take a moment to preview what happens next and describe how this stage will be different from Stage 1. For Stage 2, the Auction System set the clearing target at 114 megahertz, the...
Policy And Regulatory Challenges Posed By Convergence In The Broadcasting Industry (9/8/2016) - [Source: Legalnaija] The reactive nature of the US approach provides for a very predictable, robust regulatory environment in which new entrants can challenge existing practice… The US is also an interesting market to observe as it has pioneered with new policy instruments like self-regulation and sophisticated spectrum auctions. A major difference between the US and...
EAS, Localism Among Pilot’s D.C. Event Highlights (9/8/2016) - [Source: Radio World] …[Rep. Greg] Walden assured attendees that he is regular contact with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler regarding the spectrum repack and says he consistently advocates to mitigate the auction’s negative impact on broadcasters. He also said that he uses NewsOn — an app introduced in “The New Broadcasters” panel — to stay in touch...
NAB Pilot Highlights Innovation for Public Service at ‘Broadcast Innovations’ Event (9/8/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] … “It’s really important that the FCC move quickly to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking this year so that we can sink the implementation of 3.0 during the repack timeframe,” said [PearlTV Managing Director Anne] Schelle. “It doesn’t make any sense to do any kind of transition twice.” (ATSC 3.0 is...
FCC Spectrum Auction by the Numbers (9/8/2016) - [Source: Bloomberg BNA] The Federal Communications Commission is gearing up for the second stage of its complex spectrum incentive auction beginning Sept. 13. Bloomberg BNA has been tracking the action and analyzing the data from bidding in the first stage of the auction. Bidding by wireless carriers in the “forward” portion of the auction reached...
FCC Chairman Wheeler looks back at industry early days, ahead to 5G spectrum support (9/7/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …Wheeler again touched on the FCC’s move to target low-, mid- and high-band spectrum resources in support of the telecom industries push into 5G. The low-band aspect of the initiative surrounds the FCC’s ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction, which is looking to transition spectrum from television broadcasters to the mobile telecom...
Philly TV stations face secret auction of their airwaves; Comcast could be a buyer (9/7/2016) - [Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer] Telecom carriers bid $864 million for TV airwaves in Philadelphia in the first round of a secretive federal auction that transfers wireless spectrum from NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC and other over-the-air TV networks to wireless carriers for data-consuming smartphones. The auction – “last best chance for [wireless] competitors to get spectrum,”...
CPB Board of Directors to hold Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Sept. 19 – 20, 2016 (9/7/2016) - [Source: CPB.org] The CPB Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 19, 2016 from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm and Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 9:30 am – 11:15 am. An update on the spectrum auction is one of the things on the draft agenda for Day One...
September 27 Is the Deadline for 2016 Regulatory Fees (9/7/2016) - [Source: JDSupra Business Advisor / CommLawCenter] Just before the Labor Day weekend, the FCC issued its Report and Order launching the annual regulatory fee payment process for Fiscal Year 2016… The FCC specifically reminded participants in the ongoing TV broadcast Incentive Auction that they must pay regulatory fees for FY 2016 if they held a...
CTIA kicks off Super Mobility week by looking back, eyeing future of 5G (9/7/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] … Wheeler spent a brief part of his presentation [during the CTIA Super Mobility 2016 opening day keynotes] discussing the 600 MHz incentive auction. The FCC ended the first stage of the 600 MHz incentive auction on Aug. 30 after bidders offered a little more than $23 billion by the end of...
The Best And Worst Of Times For The FCC’s Spectrum Auction (9/7/2016) - [Source: Law360] On the spectrum auction front, August 2016 ended in Dickensian style for the Federal Communications Commission: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. A victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit seemed to eliminate a potential pitfall for the ongoing auction process. But the...
FY 2016 FCC Regulatory Fees Released – With a Reminder to Incentive Auction Participants (9/6/2016) - [Source: Lexology / Broadcast Law Blog] Right as everyone was set to enjoy the last glimmer of summer over the long weekend, the FCC issued its Report and Order on the regulatory fees for 2016… The Commission noted that, with the Incentive Auction underway, all broadcast television licensees must still pay FY 2016 regulatory fees...
Community Programmers Lose Fight for Spectrum (9/6/2016) - [Source: Courthouse News Service] Upholding regulatory maneuverings meant to improve mobile broadband, the D.C. Circuit handed defeat to television stations focused only on niche, community programming. Mako Communications and Beach TV Properties brought the underlying challenges on behalf of so-called “low-power television stations” left in the lurch by the federal Spectrum Act. Passed by Congress...
It’s Viva Las Vegas for the FCC (9/6/2016) - [Source: Politico] FCC AUCTION REFRESHER — The first stage of the FCC’s incentive auction ended in August with a big gap between the bids generated by wireless companies and others, and the payments sought by TV stations. The FCC will try to narrow that gap on Sept. 13 when it resumes bidding on the broadcast...
Auction Stage 1, Not Exactly FUBAR, But… (9/6/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] When news broke last week that the FCC’s forward auction of TV spectrum to wireless carriers had fallen a whopping $66 billion short of what it needs to pay off  broadcast sellers in the reverse auction and cover administrative and repack costs, communications attorneys Scott Flick and Jessica Nyman in their blog cited...
Incentive Auction Stage 2 to Begin September 13 – FCC Proposal to Clear 114 MHz (9/2/2016) - [Source: Lexology / Broadcast Law Blog] Given Tuesday’s declaration by the FCC that Stage 1 of the TV incentive auction did not meet its clearing target (in that enough was not bid in the forward auction to cover the amount needed to compensate television stations for surrendering their spectrum plus the costs of the auction...
FCC Posts Tutorial for TV Station Auction, Take Two (9/2/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Broadcasters participating in the reverse portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction are encouraged to check out the online tutorial the FCC has posted on its website. Actually, the tutorial is available to everyone interested in trying to figure out what comes next in the FCC’s attempt to auction broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband. Stage...
The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same… FCC Tweeks Broadcast Ownership Rules in 2014 Quadrennial Review Order (9/1/2016) - [Source: Wiley on Media] On August 25, 2016, the FCC released the text of a Second Report & Order that concludes both its 2010 and 2014 “quadrennial review” proceedings (the “2016 Order”). The Commission is required by statute to review its rules governing the ownership of broadcast radio and television stations every four years to...
Lawmakers to grill FCC commissioners amid major policy debates (9/1/2016) - [Source: The Hill] All five commissioners of Federal Communications Commission will testify before the Senate Commerce Committee later this month, giving lawmakers a chance to grill them before the agency votes on multiple high-profile proposals. “With the FCC considering significant new rules affecting consumer privacy, cable service through set-top boxes, and other issues impacting our...
Stage two of incentive auction set for Sept. 13 (9/1/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] A second round of bidding in the reverse auction will kick off Sept. 13, the FCC said, to start stage two of the incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves. The Commission will lower the clearing target of TV broadcasters’ spectrum to 114 MHz, down from the maximum 126 MHz it initially established...
What now for FCC 600 MHz incentive auction? (9/1/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings came to an unexpected halt this week as forward bidding activity dropped below the level needed to continue the proceedings. The auction did manage to hit more than $23 billion in total “winning” bids, but a slowing pace of less than $1...
Second stage of FCC incentive auction to begin on 13 September after first phase nets US$23bn (9/1/2016) - [Source: Telecom Finance] The US’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that the second stage of its incentive spectrum auction will start on 13 September after stage one concluded having raised about US$23.1bn, well short of the US$88.4bn needed to reach its clearing target.
FCC halts spectrum auction after $23bn of bids (9/1/2016) - [Source: Global Telecoms Business] Bidding in the first stage of the Federal Communications Commission’s 600MHz incentive auction hit $23 billion, significantly short of the $88 billion target. The FCC brought the US auction to an abrupt halt on August 30 as forward-bidding activity fell below the level needed to continue, slowing to less than $1...
US wireless operators only interested in new spectrum if the price is right (and it’s not) (9/1/2016) - [Source: Telecom TV] Oh dear, the incredibly clever and sophisticated US spectrum auction for the reallocation of broadcast TV spectrum hasn’t quite worked out the way the FCC planned. Sometimes, the simple way is often the best. The hoped for cash bonanza of $88 billion never materialised, and so the FCC has decided to restart...
Stage one of FCC 600MHz auction grinds to a halt; bidding reaches USD23.1bn (9/1/2016) - [Source: TeleGeography] Stage one of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’) ended abruptly on Tuesday 30 August, with the watchdog racking up USD23.108 billion worth of bids after 27 rounds of bidding. As a result, the FCC must now reduce the amount of 600MHz spectrum it will free...
FCC Has Decided to Restart Spectrum Auction (9/1/2016) - [Source: Radio Magazine] The Federal Communication Commission is restarting the TV spectrum incentive auction at a lower clearing target. The commission threw in the towel on clearing 126 MHz of TV spectrum Tuesday afternoon after 27 rounds of bidding failed to “meet the conditions to trigger an extended round,” according to the FCC’s Public Reporting...
FCC to Restart Spectrum Auction Sept. 13 (8/31/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC announced Wednesday that it would launch Stage 2 of the broadcast incentive spectrum auction — new rounds of reverse-auction bidding — Sept. 13 and at the expected new, lower clearing target of 114 MHz. That will mean nine paired blocks of spectrum, down from 10 paired blocks in the initial...
$88.4B Target Goal Fails To Lure Bidders In Spectrum Auction (8/31/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission is moving to a second stage of the spectrum incentive auction, and with a lower clearing target, after Tuesday’s bidding by wireless carriers fell far short of the first-stage target goal of $88.4 billion. The first round of reverse auction bidding in the second stage of the auction will...
US spectrum auction falls short by, oh, you know, $66bn thanks to tightwad mobile giants (8/31/2016) - [Source: The Register] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will have to change its plans for the 600MHz radio spectrum auction for mobile broadband – after the latest stage of bidding raised just $22.4bn of an $88bn goal. “Bidding in the forward auction has concluded for Stage 1 without meeting the final stage rule and...
FCC Takes a Mulligan, Announces September 13 as the Start Date for Stage 2 of the Spectrum Auction (8/31/2016) - [Source: Comm Law Center] Perhaps indicating that the rapid conclusion of Stage 1 of the Incentive Auction was not a surprise to the FCC, the Commission moved with lightning speed to announce that Stage 2 of the auction will commence on September 13 with a spectrum clearing target of 114 MHz.  In a Public Notice...
FCC: Auction Stage 2 Starts Sept. 13, Targets 114 MHz (8/31/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Stage 2 of the TV spectrum incentive auction will commence Sept. 13 with a clearing target of 114 MHz, the Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday morning in a Public Notice. Stage 1 of the auction concluded Tuesday after 27 rounds of bidding stalled at around $22.45 billion, well short of the $88...
FCC Sets Date For New Broadcast Spectrum Bids As Initial Offers Fall Short (8/31/2016) - [Source: Deadline] TV station owners have to make some important decisions over the next few weeks about an important, but unsexy, subject: the value of their airwave spectrum. The FCC’s in the process of auctioning much of it to wireless broadband providers. And today it set September 13 as the opening date for the second round of bidding...
FCC to Restart Spectrum Auction Sept. 13 (8/31/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC announced Wednesday that it would launch stage two of the broadcast incentive spectrum auction—new rounds of reverse auction bidding—Sept. 13 and at the expected new, lower clearing target of 114 MHz. That will mean nine paired blocks of spectrum, down from 10 paired blocks in the initial 126 MHz clearing...
TV Station Owners Aren’t Going to Get a Big Pay Day From the Wireless Industry (8/31/2016) - [Source: Fortune] Wireless carriers and an array of other bidders at a federal airwave license auction offered only about one-quarter of what TV stations selling the rights were seeking, setting up the broadcasters for a major disappointment. Few expected that bidders would reach broadcasters’ $88 billion request for the licenses to wireless airwaves in hundreds...
Wireless lobby reassures critics on demand for spectrum sale (8/31/2016) - [Source: The Hill] A major Washington wireless trade group on Wednesday said that participation in the first part of an historic spectrum sale had been robust, even though it did not hit a key target. Bidding ended late Tuesday in the first stage of an auction of wireless spectrum by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...
Incentive Auction Stage 2 Clearing Target, Schedule Announced (8/31/2016) - [Source: FCC] …Clearing Target of 114 Megahertz Set for Stage 2 of the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction; Stage 2 Bidding in the Reverse Auction Will Start on September 13, 2016… The Incentive Auction Task Force and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Also Announce the Number of Forward Auction Blocks for Stage 2 and Important Information Concerning...
NAB jabs carriers following sluggish first stage of spectrum auction (8/31/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless News] The National Association of Broadcasters took a quick jab at wireless carriers following the end of the first stage of the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum. The FCC ended the first stage late Tuesday after bidders offered a little more than $23 billion by the end of the 27th round,...
CTIA Touts Spectrum Auction Upside (8/31/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] CTIA, which represents wireless companies, was taking a glass-half-full view of the spectrum auction’s failure to meet its initial clearing target of 126 MHz of spectrum. The FCC needed to raise $88.4 billion to pay broadcasters the price of the spectrum the FCC set in combination with broadcasters, plus the cost of...
NAB Statement on Forward Auction Stage One of Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction (8/31/2016) - [Source: NAB] In response to the close of bidding for Stage 1 of the forward auction of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton: “NAB is surprised by the modest participation by wireless carriers in the first stage of the TV auction....
Auction’s Stage 1 ends, falls far shy of $88B goal (8/31/2016) - [Source: SmartBrief] The Federal Communications Commission will turn to Plan B — resetting the forward phase of the spectrum auction at 114 MHz — after bidding ended Wednesday at a net of $22.5 billion after 27 rounds, far short of the $88.3 billion needed to cover fees owed to TV stations for surrendering their spectrum....
First round of buyer bidding in spectrum sale doesn’t hit target (8/31/2016) - [Source: The Hill] Bidding concluded late in the day on Tuesday in the first round of a historic spectrum sale to wireless providers and other buyers without regulators reaching their target for the sale. The first stage of the Federal Communications Commission’s sale ended without buyers bidding the $88.3 billion needed to hit the price...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction first stage comes to abrupt end (8/31/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The first stage of the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings came to an abrupt halt Tuesday afternoon as forward-bidding activity dropped below the level needed to continue the proceedings. The auction did manage to hit more than $23 billion in total “winning” bids, but at a slowing pace...
NAB Underwhelmed By Wireless Auction Bids (8/31/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] The National Association of Broadcasters took gentle aim at wireless carriers after the forward portion of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction fell far short of the total needed to compensate the broadcasters who gave up 126 MHz to the cause of wireless broadband repurposing. “NAB is surprised by the modest participation by...
Stage 1 of the Incentive Auction Is Over | What’s Next? (8/31/2016) - [Source: Lexology / Broadcast Law Blog] After the FCC increased the round-by-round bid increments yesterday for the new mobile broadband blocks being offered in the forward auction (where wireless companies bid for spectrum which TV broadcasters had agreed to vacate in the initial “reverse auction” phase of the incentive auction), bidding slowed down considerably, and...
Incentive Auction Fails to Attract Big Spenders (8/31/2016) - [Source: Phone Scoop] The FCC‘s 600MHz incentive auction is proceeding slowly and may need to be reset. After 27 rounds of bidding, the total amount bid has reached only $23 billion, far short of the $88.4 billion clearing cost set during the reverse part of the auction earlier this year. The FCC will likely end...
FCC broadcast incentive auction falls short of target (8/31/2016) - [Source: Telecom.paper] The forward bidding section of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction has closed, generating bids in the final round of USD 23.1 billion from potential mobile operators, Multichannel reports. After 27 rounds, the conditions necessary to extend the bidding were not met, nor had the auction met the USD 88.3 billion target for covering...
DC Circ. Tosses LPTV Challenge To Spectrum Auction (8/31/2016) - [Source: Law360] The D.C. Circuit nixed a challenge brought by low-power television broadcasters against a Federal Communications Commission decision to repurpose their spectrum in the ongoing incentive auction, finding Tuesday that the LPTVs had been subject to displacement by wireless licensees “long before” the auction. LPTV station owners Mako Communications LLC and Beach TV Properties...
Incentive Auction Stage 1 Falls ($66 Billion) Short of the Target—On to the Next One! (8/30/2016) - [Source: Comm Law Center] You can almost hear Agent Maxwell Smart’s trademark “Missed it by that much!”  The FCC quietly announced just after C.O.B. today that “[b]idding in the forward auction has concluded for Stage 1 without meeting the final stage rule and without meeting the conditions to trigger an extended round. The incentive auction...
Incentive Auction Update: Onward to Stage 2 (8/30/2016) - [Source: Wiley on Media] The FCC has declared the end of Stage 1 of the Incentive Auction, with total forward auction revenues of $23.1 billion. According to the Public Reporting System: “Bidding in the forward auction has concluded for Stage 1 without meeting the final stage rule and without meeting the conditions to trigger an...
Incentive auction moves to stage two after failing to garner $88.4B target (8/30/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Stage one of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum came to an end abruptly Tuesday after bidding slowed to a trickle. The FCC racked up a little more than $23 billion by the end of the 27th round before announcing it would move on to a second stage. Bidding had...
Spectrum Auction Fails to Meet $88.3 Billion Target (8/30/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] The FCC said Tuesday that the forward portion of the broadcast incentive auction has now closed, after round 27, without meeting the conditions necessary to extend it to a Round 28 or to meet the $88.3 billion target bidders needed to to cover the cost of payments to broadcasters. If fell far...
Round 26: Spectrum Bids Up Fraction of a Percent (8/30/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With bids for spectrum in the forward portion of the FCC spectrum auction continuing to creep up, more markets saw demand no longer exceed supply, and at prices lower than the current FCC ask. The total bidding in round 26 was $23,058,536,900, which was only $70 million, or a fraction of...
D.C. Court Rejects Spectrum Auction Challenge (8/30/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has dismissed a low power TV challenge to the FCC’s incentive auction. Mako Communications had challenged the FCC’s decision not to extend protections to LPTV stations in the auction and post-auction repack of TV stations. Mako said that violated the Spectrum Act. But...
Court rejects challenge to aspect of FCC’s spectrum sale (8/30/2016) - [Source: The Hill] A federal court on Tuesday ruled against a challenge to part of the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing process of reassigning valuable wireless spectrum to mobile providers. FCC officials are currently running an auction to buy spectrum from broadcasters and sell it wireless providers and other buyers — and repackage the assignment of...
Supply-and-Demand on Par in Round 25 of Spectrum Auction (8/30/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] Demand for spectrum in the FCC’s forward auction took a big drop in Round 25. In most of the top markets, supply and demand were on par, suggesting the FCC may have started to find its spectrum price points and may soon have to lower its spectrum sights and return to the...
Round 25: Spectrum Demand Drops Sharply (8/30/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] Demand for spectrum in the FCC’s forward auction took a big drop in round 25. In most of the top markets, supply and demand were on par, suggesting the FCC may have started to find its spectrum price points and may soon have to lower its spectrum sights and return to...
Auction Fails to Meet $88.4 Billion Target (8/30/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC said Tuesday that the forward portion of the broadcast incentive auction has now closed after round 27 without meeting the conditions necessary to extend to a round 28 or meet the $88.4 billion target bidders needed to to cover the cost of payments to broadcasters. If fell far short of...
Spectrum Demand Falls in NYC, LA in Round 24 of Auction (8/29/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] With a couple of dozen rounds of the forward portion of the FCC spectrum auction in the books, the bidding stood at $22,704,101,100, up just under $700 million from round 23’s $22,077,875,100. The magic number, which is the bid total minus discounts and bidding credits, stood at an even $22 billion. That...
Round 24: Bids Up About $700 Million (8/29/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With a couple of dozen rounds of the forward portion of theFCC spectrum auction in the books, the bidding stood at $22,704,101,100, up just under $700 million from round 23’s $22,077,875,100. The magic number, which is the bid total minus discounts and bidding credits, stood at an even $22 billion. Related: FCC...
Round 23: Spectrum Auction Bid Totals Increase By About 3% (8/29/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] After round 23 in the forward portion of the FCC’s incentive auction, the bidding total was $22,077,875,100, which translates to $21.4 billion net of bidding credits and discounts, or a little under 25% of what the FCC will need to raise to close the auction at the initial 126 MHz spectrum...
600MHz Auction Climbs Over $22B (8/29/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] The bids in the 600MHz spectrum auction are up over $22 billion this Monday afternoon Total bids for the low-band spectrum licenses across the US now stand at $22,077,875,100. This is not yet anywhere near the total $86.4 billion that theFederal Communications Commission (FCC) is hoping to raise in the end, however....
600 MHz licenses top $22B in total bids as auction continues to churn (8/29/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless] The Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction process is at least for the moment the second highest-grossing spectrum auction in terms of total “winning” bids, having now surpassed the 700 MHz spectrum auction that concluded in 2008. Through 23 bidding rounds, the forward auction portion of the incentive auction proceedings had...
Spectrum Auction Bids Up Over $860M After Round 22 (8/29/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] After Monday’s (Aug. 29) first round of the spectrum auction — Round 22 — in which the FCC raised the per-round price increases from 5% to 10%, the bids totaled $21,436,324,000, or up a little over 4% ($867,927) from round 21‘s $20,568,397. That means while the FCC is upping its top prices...
Round 22: FCC’s Spectrum Auction Bids Up Over $860M (8/29/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] After the first round (round 22) of the FCC raising the price for spectrum from 5% per round to 10% per round, the bids totaled $21,436,324,000, or up a little over 4% ($867,927,000) fromround 21‘s $20,568,397,000. That means while the FCC is upping its top prices for the spectrum by 10% each round,...
Wells Fargo predicts ‘hockey stick’ increase in cash flow for T-Mobile (8/29/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] … Jennifer Fritzsche and her colleagues predicted the nation’s third-largest carrier will generate $1 billion this fiscal year, $2.6 billion the following fiscal year and $3.7 billion the year after, marking a compound annual growth rate of 92 percent assuming T-Mobile spends $7 billion during the ongoing incentive auction of 600 MHz...
TVN To Present ‘TV 2020: Monetizing ATSC 3.0’ (8/29/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] … “With the FCC’s spectrum repack looming, the timing is ideal for “TV2020,” a conference that considers the pros and cons of investing in Next Gen TV, while also detailing the technology challenges –  and the potential costs —of the spectrum repack,” said NAB President Gordon Smith.
Spectrum Auction: Round 21 Edges Up (8/27/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] In round 21, as of 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, of the FCC’s forward portion of the spectrum incentive auction, the total finished off the week at $20,568,397,000, which translates to a net $19.890 billion atfer discounts and bidding credits. That is up from the $20,058,375,000 total and $19.4 billion net...
Round 19: Spectrum Auction Total Pushes Toward $20 Billion (8/27/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With round 19 completed in the forward portion of the FCC’s incentive spectrum auction, $19,314,547,000 is the new total and $18.64 billion the new net figure after discounts and bidding credits are taken into account. That is up from a total $18,578,544,000 and net $17.890 billion in round 18. That net figure...
No Matter How You Slice it, Pai Is Right (8/26/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …One thing [FCC Commissioner Ajit] Pai does not address is the order’s lame new argument for hanging on to the rule: that the incentive auction will transform broadcasting in “dramatic” and unknown ways. “[A]ccordingly, it would be premature to change our media ownership rules in anticipation of the incentive auction’s impact at this time,”...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction to Fall Short of Lofty Initial Target (8/26/2016) - [Source: Bloomberg BNA] Bidder behavior in the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive spectrum auction demonstrates the agency likely has set both its own initial financial conditions and the amount of available airwaves too high, a Bloomberg BNA analysis of auction data shows. The FCC hopes to free up a large swath of airwaves for exploding wireless...
600 MHz spectrum licenses set for per-round price bump, auction tops $18.5B (8/26/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Having recently passed its “first component” milestone, the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction continues to rake in the dough, with bids set to see a significant minimum bump beginning next week. Through 18 rounds of the forward auction process, total “winning” bids exceeded $18.5 billion, with net proceeds nearing...
Morning Tech: Rosenworcel faces pressure on FCC debates (8/26/2016) - [Source: Politico] FCC AUCTION UPDATE — The FCC will increase asking prices for spectrum in next week’s rounds of the incentive auction. Starting Monday, the FCC said it will use a 10 percent increment to up prices from round to round, rather than the 5 percent it’s been using. The move is meant to help...
Advisers Can Aid Post-Auction Planning (8/26/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Stations deciding to sell their spectrum in the FCC’s incentive auction and cease their business operations will be required to treat the event as a one-time sale or loss, the real accounting challenges will arise for stations that want to sell their spectrum but continue operating their business. They have options including channel...
Sprint Stock Remains A Buy After The Spectrum Auction (8/26/2016) - [Source: AmigoBulls] The major spectrum auction happened in the past week, and for the most part, the pricing in terms of Mhz/Population were in-line with analyst estimates. Day 1 spectrum auction grossed $8.04 billion, Day 2 $9.21 billion, and Day 3 $10.1 billion, according to UBS analysis. Pricing/demand increased as we progressed towards the later...
600MHz auction bids reach USD18.6bn; bidding increments to increase next week (8/26/2016) - [Source: TeleGeography] According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’), which commenced on 16 August, has generated total bids worth USD18.579 billion after 18 rounds of bidding. Round 19 is scheduled to commence today (Friday 26 August). As expected, spectrum allocations covering New York and Los Angeles...
Round 18 Rounds up Over $18 Billion in Bids (8/25/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC completed round 18 of the forward portion of the spectrum auction Thursday (Aug. 25) with a bid total of $18,578,544,000. Netting out the discounts and bidding credits, that comes to $17.890 billion. That is compared with the $17,932,219,000, net $17.700 billionin round 17. The key figure is the net...
FCC Makes Few Changes to Media Ownership Rules (8/25/2016) - [Source: Variety] …Commissioner Mignon Clyburn called for more “proactive” steps to examine diversity of ownership… She noted that the FCC was in the midst of an incentive auction which could reduce the number of TV stations on the air. “Relaxing the Commission’s media ownership rules at this time, will neither increase the number of diverse...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction passes ‘first component’ milestone (8/25/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] As expected, the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction hit its “first component” milestone in its latest bidding round as total auction proceeds reached nearly $16.4 billion and net proceeds of more than $15.7 billion through 15 rounds. Auction observers had expected the proceedings to hit the milestone, which...
FCC Releases Text of Quadrennial Review (8/25/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC has released the text of its quadrennial media ownership rule review. …As to the FCC’s incentive auction impact on broadcasting, the FCC said it was too early to take that into account. “While the auction may have a dramatic impact on the television landscape in many local markets, based...
Telecom Stock Roundup: T-Mobile US, Sprint Spur Mobile Price War; Incentive Auction Sees High Bidding (8/25/2016) - [Source: Zacks] …Meanwhile, the second part of the 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as Incentive Auction, witnessed bids of over $16.4 billion after 15th round of bidding. The U.S. telecom regulator Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened the forward phase of the auction on Aug 16. …The Incentive Auction, which was initiated by...
FCC Boosting Auction Per-Round Spectrum Price Increases to 10% (8/25/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC is doubling the asking price increases for spectrum in the forward auction to 10% per round, up from the 5% per round it has been implementing so far. The change will take effect as of Monday, Aug. 29. The FCC can raise the increments anywhere from 1% to 15%...
Jefferies: Dish’s spectrum undervalued as incentive auction drags on (8/25/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz slogged on this morning, surpassing $17 billion in bids in its 16th round. And analysts continue to predict that the event will require multiple stages — perhaps dragging into next year — as the Commission works to match supply of TV broadcasters’ airwaves with demand...
FCC’s 600MHz Auction Tops $16B (8/24/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] The bids are now flooding in for the 600MHz auction as bids hit $16.4 billion Wednesday evening and have passed an FCC limit. After 15 rounds of bidding for 126MHz of available low-band 600MHz spectrum across the US, bids — from up to 62 organizations — now stand at $16,391,244,000. This satisfies...
In Round 15 Bidders Hit First Spectrum Auction Benchmark (8/24/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] After 15 rounds and eight days, the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction has met one of two benchmarks for closing the auction. With $16,391,244,000 bid in the latest round (which translates to a net $15.730 billion minus bidding credits and discounts), they have exceeded the $15,896,290,987 total the FCC set...
FCC Likely To Get Enough Spectrum Auction Bids From AT&T, Others To Clear Its First Benchmark (8/24/2016) - [Source: Benzinga] The Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction has entered its 13th round of bidding. So far, the Commission has managed to bring in more than $15 billion and is getting close to one of the two benchmarks established to close the auction. While the FCC expects to meet the $15.9 billion figure...
Round 14: Spectrum Auction Bid Total Just Short of First Benchmark (8/24/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The forward part of the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction continued to pick up steam Wednesday (Aug. 24), with the latest round–round 14–totaling $15,717,686,000 in bids for the 126 MHz of spectrum up for grabs. Actually, the figure that counts toward closing the auction is $15.060 billion, which is net of discounts...
Spectrum Auction Total Nears First Benchmark (8/24/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] The forward part of the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction continued to pick up steam Wednesday (Aug. 24), with the latest round — No. 13 — bringing in $15,077,767,000 in bids. That’s $14.450 billion net of discounts and bidding credits for various parties (and up more than $500 million from the $14,440,301,000/$13.820 generated...
Round 13: FCC’s Spectrum Auction Bid Total Nears First Benchmark (8/24/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The forward part of the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction continued to pick up steam Wednesday, with the latest round—round 13—bringing in $15,077,767,000 in bids, which is $14.45 billion net of discounts and bidding credits for various parties (and up over $500 million from the $14,440,301,000/$13.820 generated in round 12). It is also...
Faster pace nets $1.8B in new 600 MHz incentive auction bids (8/24/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless] Bidding activity in the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings remains robust, with the past three rounds adding $1.8 billion in total and net auction proceeds. Following 12 rounds of bidding, participants had pledged more than $14.4 billion in total auction proceeds and more than $13.8 billion in net proceeds....
U.S. 600 MHz Spectrum Auction Witnesses Stepped-up Bidding (8/23/2016) - [Source: Zacks] The second part of the 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as Incentive Auction, witnessed bids of over $11.5 billion in the first week after the U.S. telecom regulator Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened it on Aug 16. The seventh round of bidding was completed on last Friday. The Incentive Auction,...
Spectrum Auction: Round 11 up By Over $600 Million (8/23/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The total amount bid for broadcast spectrum in the forward auction continued to rise by greater increments as the FCC finished off the first day of more, shorter, rounds per day. At the end of round 11 at 5 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 23), a total of $14,440,301,000 had been bid, which...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction tacks on another $1B in bids (8/23/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] Another day, another billion dollars in the bank for the Federal Communications Commission as part of its ongoing 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings, which through round nine had accumulated more than $12.6 billion in total “winning” bids, and just over $12 billion in net bids. Bidding activity is set to have...
Spectrum Auction: Bidders Boost Total By $600 Million-Plus (8/23/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With round 11 of the FCC’s spectrum auction bidding slugfest just completed, the bidding total stands at $13,789,320,987, or $13.19 billion net of discounts and bidding credits. That total is up over $600 million from round 10, when it was $13,180,000,000 and $12,580,000,000 net of discounts and bidding credits. The pace has been...
Spectrum auction pushes past $13B in round 10 (8/23/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The FCC’s spectrum incentive auction surpassed the $13 billion mark this morning during its tenth round as demand continued to outstrip supply in the biggest U.S. markets. But analysts continue to predict the event will slog into next year. The commission increased the number of daily rounds of bidding today in an...
Round 10: FCC’s Spectrum Auction Total Stands at $13.18B (8/23/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] After its first shortened round of bidding (round 10), the forward auction portion of the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction has drawn $13.18 billion in bids, which net of discounts and bidding credits means $12.580 billion has been raised toward the $88,379,559,704 it needs to close the auction. That $13.180 figure is up...
Spectrum Auction Bids Total $12.6 Billion After Round 9 (8/23/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] At the end of round nine of the forward portion of the FCC spectrum incentive auction, bids totaled $12,610,269,00. When discounts and bidding credits are subtracted, the spectrum auction has now drawn $12,040,000,000 toward the $88,379,558,704 it will take to close the auction and start moving broadcasters to new spectrum quarters. That...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction starts week with $11B-plus in the bag (8/22/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless] The Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction entered its eighth round of bidding having scored more than $11.5 billion in total auction proceeds connected to “winning” bids, with just under $11 billion in net auction proceeds. The final two rounds of bidding to close out last week tacked on around $1...
Telecom Alert: August 22, 2016 (8/22/2016) - [Source: The National Law Review] Incentive Auction Update: The forward-portion of the broadcast incentive auction opened last week to sixty-two eligible applicants, including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Inc., T-Mobile US, Inc., Dish Network Corporation, Comcast Corporation, and US Cellular.  The auction accumulated an estimated $8.04 billion in net revenue on the first day of bidding and,...
FCC Speeds Up Spectrum Auction (8/22/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] In an effort to speed up the spectrum incentive action process — and to encourage more bidding — the FCC starting Tuesday (Aug. 23) will increase the number of daily rounds in the forward portion of the auction to three and cut the bidding time per round in half. The bidding has...
Forward Auction Week #1 Nets Nearly $11 Billion (8/19/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The first week of the TV spectrum incentive forward auction concluded with bids totaling 12 percent of the $88.4 billion closing goal. The bell on round seven of the auction rang Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET with $11 billion ($10.96 billion) in net proceeds. Total proceeds were $11.257 billion, yielding a...
Wireless auction bids exceed $11 billion in first week (8/19/2016) - [Source: The Hill] Bids in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) historic auction of broadcast spectrum topped $11 billion in their first week. As of early Friday afternoon, according to Broadcasting and Cable, bids had reached $11,059,842,000. Additional rounds of bidding have been conducted since then. The actual proceeds from the auction will be lower, because...
Round Seven: Auction Bids Total $11.5 Billion (8/19/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With the first week of the forward portion of the FCC broadcast incentive spectrum auction on the books, the commission still has a ways to go before it gets to the $88 billion-plus it needs to generate from bids on 126 MHz of reclaimed broadcast spectrum to pay those broadcasters and...
Sprint’s Claure says there have been no merger talks with T-Mobile (8/19/2016) - [Source: Phone Arena] …Giant German carrier Deutsche Telekom owns 65% of T-Mobile, and had been looking to sell its stake so that it could focus on Europe. But with T-Mobile about to add a large amount of expensive low-frequency 600MHz spectrum via an FCC auction, Deutsche Telekom has halted its efforts to sell the company....
Bidding tops $11B in FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, interest turns to small markets (8/19/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The incentive auction slogged on this morning as bidders offered up more than $400,000 in total bids during the event’s sixth round, pushing the total proceeds past $11 billion. A total of $11,059,842,000 has been bid on the 600 MHz airwaves since the auction opened Tuesday. That’s still a long way from...
Sprint’s Claure: ‘We’re not engaged in any serious discussions’ with T-Mobile (8/19/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] T-Mobile and Sprint are “not engaged in any serious discussions” regarding a merger, according to Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. But Sprint clearly hopes it can join forces with the nation’s third-largest carrier at some point… …T-Mobile focuses on adding to its spectrum portfolio during the ongoing incentive auction…
Round Six: Spectrum Auction Bids Top $11 Billion (8/19/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] If the early rounds are any indication, it will be a long road to the $88 billion-plus the FCC needs to generate in bids on 126 MHz of reclaimed broadcast spectrum to pay those broadcasters and cover other expenses. The auction is actually structured to go multiple rounds, and the FCC...
600 MHz incentive auction tops $10B as bids broaden (8/19/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless] Bidding activity in the Federal Communications Commission’s 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings broadened a bit as companies looking to acquire highly sought after low-band spectrum began turning their attention to a greater number of markets. Through five rounds of bidding in the proceeding’s forward auction process, total “winning” bids reached nearly $10.6...
U.S. 600 MHz auction bids exceed US$10.5B (8/19/2016) - [Source: Total Telecom] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said bids in the country’s 600-MHz spectrum sale exceeded US$10.5 billion after five rounds on Thursday, with rounds 6 and 7 set to be completed on Friday in Washington DC. The auction is called the “incentive auction” and the second part that is currently in progress is...
AT&T Outlines Its Keys To Regional Spectrum Repack (8/19/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] AT&T has weighed in with the FCC with some details on its proposal for a regional approach to the post-spectrum auction repack of TV stations into smaller spectrum quarters to make way for winning bidders in the forward part of the incentive auction, currently underway. In conversations with staffers and a...
Let’s All Do The Two-Step Tower Tango (8/19/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Here’s the problem. At most, broadcasters have 39 months to complete their move to a new channel assignment if and when the incentive auction is complete. That’s not much time, especially when certain finite industry resources — most notably the crews qualified to work on tall TV towers — are taken into consideration....
FCC: 600MHz bids have already surpassed USD10bn (8/19/2016) - [Source: Telegeography] According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the 600MHz Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction (‘Auction 1002’), which commenced on 16 August, has generated bids worth USD10.588 billion after five rounds of bidding. Round six is scheduled to commence today (Friday 19 August). As expected, spectrum allocations covering New York and Los Angeles have...
FCC’s 600MHz Auction Hits $10B+ in 1st Week (8/19/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] Bids are closing in on the $10.6 billion mark in the first week of the sell-off phase of the low-band 600MHz spectrum auction. The second part of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction started on Tuesday with one long round of bidding a day. There are 62 companies approved to bid: These...
FCC Denies Request to Suspend Spectrum Auction Bidding (8/18/2016) - [Source: Benton Foundation] The Federal Communications Commission denied a request by the Rural Wireless Association and NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association to suspend or slow the incentive spectrum auction in September while the organizations attend a pair of conferences. “Suspending or reducing the bidding schedule for six full days could undermine our goal of promoting...
Back Azimuth: Revisiting the Network Compact (8/18/2016) - [Source: Benton Foundation] Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler was in Aspen (CO) this week addressing the 30th Annual Conference on Communications Policy. He returned to a familiar subject: the Network Compact… Wireless broadband access is a key priority of the National Broadband Plan released in 2010. The FCC is currently conducting a complicated auction...
U.S. mobile industry roundup: 600 MHz auction and unlimited data plans (8/18/2016) - [Source: Total Telecom] A lot has been happening in the U.S. mobile industry this week, from the start of the 600 MHz auction to the launch of new data plans from AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint. Here’s a quick run-down of some of the recent events: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) kicked off the second...
FCC Refuses To Halt Spectrum Bidding For Trade Shows (8/18/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission denied a request from two rural telecom trade groups to halt bidding in the spectrum incentive auction, saying Wednesday that they did not justify altering the schedule for their fall events when doing so could undercut the agency’s goals. In a response to an Aug. 12 informal request from...
Round Five: FCC’s Spectrum Auction Bids Total $10.587 Billion (8/18/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With round five in the books, the FCC’s forward spectrum auction has drawn $10,587,551,000, up about $350 million from the $10,133,070,000 worth of bids in the previous round. There are 62 eligible bidders and 416 geographic areas with spectrum blocks reclaimed from broadcasters and being auctioned for wireless broadband. The auction...
Could drones replace tower climbers? (8/18/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless] …[NATE exec dir Todd Schlekeway] and the members of NATE’s UAS committee view drones as a way to help climbers work more efficiently and spend more time working on the ground rather than on the tower. Schlekeway said drones could be particularly valuable as the industry tackles the repacking of the 600 MHz...
FCC Denies Request To Suspend, Slow Spectrum Auction (8/18/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has told smaller and rural wireless carriers that it won’t suspend or slow the broadcast spectrum incentive auction in September while they attend a pair of conferences. “Suspending or reducing the bidding schedule for six full days could undermine our goal of promoting an efficient and...
FCC Auction Hits $9.7B, Third Round Still A Flop (8/18/2016) - [Source: Android Headlines] The FCC’s long-awaited 600MHz spectrum auction is well underway. The initial reverse portion of the auction has already concluded, but the FCC may end up having to eventually go back to the reverse auction, if a less than stellar third round of the forward bidding is any indication. The iffy third round resulted...
Announcing the Dig IT Award finalists: Big Data, Analytics and Visualization (8/18/2016) - [Source: GCN] The GCN Dig IT Awards celebrate discovery and innovation in government IT — the cutting-edge technology and creative implementations that are supporting critical missions at all levels of the public sector… Auction Optimization Model [Federal Communications Commission] This cloud-based distributed application was developed to support the Incentive Auction — the FCC’s effort to...
FCC’s Spectrum Auction Generates $9 Billion in Bids (8/18/2016) - [Source: TV Week] The spectrum incentive auction being conducted by the Federal Communications Commission has now generated $9.7 billion in bids, which adjusts down to $9.2 billion with discounts and bidding credits, such as those for minority-owned and female-owned businesses, B&C reports. “The FCC will need at least $88,379,558,704 to cover the cost of 1)...
Telecom Stock Roundup: Second Part of Incentive Auction Begins, Verizon to Roll Out Dark Fiber (8/18/2016) - [Source: Zacks] The U.S. telecom industry has remained quite downcast over the past week. Nevertheless, a few developments were worth noting. On Aug 16, the U.S. telecom regulator Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will open the second part of the 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as Incentive Auction. The FCC has received as...
Round Four: Spectrum Auction Cracks $10 Billion (8/18/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With round four drawing to a close, the FCC’s forward spectrum auction has now attracted $10,133,070,000 worth of bids, up over $400 million from the $9,700,723,000 bid in the previous round. There are 62 eligible bidders and 416 geographic areas with spectrum blocks reclaimed from broadcasters and being auctioned for wireless...
Incentive auction draws more than $1B in rounds three and four, surpasses $10B overall (8/18/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves drew more than $1 billion in bids in its third and fourth rounds combined, boosting the event’s proceeds to more than $10 billion so far. The latest round of bidding in the first stage of the forward auction illustrated strong ongoing demand for TV...
600 MHz incentive auction tacks on $1.7B in bids, tops $9.7B (8/18/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless] The Federal Communications Commission attracted another $1.7 billion in “winning” bids for the 100 megahertz of 600 MHz spectrum assets up for grabs as part of its ongoing incentive auction proceedings. The latest activity was through a pair of bidding rounds, which after three total rounds had pushed the auction’s total in...
FCC reveals 62 bids for next 600MHz (8/18/2016) - [Source: Global Telecoms Business] The incentive auction, as it is popularly known as, was initiated by the FCC at the end of March, 2016.104 applicants were received, 35 of which were incomplete, for the spectrum auction which in the first phase sees the country’s TV stations sell their licenses. A total of $86.4 billion is...
AT&T Repack Plan Getting Positive Reviews (8/18/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] An AT&T plan for a region-by-region repack of the TV band following the incentive auction is receiving generally favorable reviews from various quarters of the television industry. “This is the first time I have seen a wireless company that gets it — one that understands what broadcasters are facing with the repack,” says...
Stations, Tech Cope With Likely Repack Delay (8/18/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The prospect of an incentive auction do-over (or two or three) is injecting more uncertainty in the unprecedented and costly post-auction repack of the TV band that will force hundreds of stations to migrate to new channels and that is already filled with unknowns. Broadcasters and others stakeholders had once figured the auction would...
Sprint owner holding out hope for T-Mobile deal? (8/18/2016) - [Source: Sale Lake Tribune] …There aren’t any current talks between Sprint and T-Mobile — they’re actually forbidden. Opening bids for federal airwaves started this week in the FCC’s so-called incentive auction. TV broadcasters have agreed to hand over certain radio wave licenses to the agency, which in turn will offer the spectrum for sale to...
Auction Round 3 Yields $9.2 Billion (8/17/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Bids in round three of the TV spectrum forward auction reached $9.7 billion, resulting in $9.2 billion in proceeds once discounts are subtracted. Thus concluded day two of the Federal Communication Commission’s TV spectrum forward auction. The results were posted on the auction reporting system website Wednesday, Aug. 17, after 4 p.m. ET, when...
Round Three: Spectrum Auction Generates $9.7 Billion in Bids (8/17/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With round three under its belt, the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction has now generated $9,700,723,000 in bids. Actually, with discounts and bidding credits to eligible entities including minority and women-owned businesses, the figure is $9,210,000,000. The FCC will need at least $88,379,558,704 to cover the cost of...
Sprint owner is said to still hold out hope for a T-Mobile deal (8/17/2016) - [Source: Standard Examiner] …There aren’t any current talks between Sprint and T-Mobile — they’re actually forbidden. Opening bids for federal airwaves started this week in the FCC’s so-called incentive auction. TV broadcasters have agreed to hand over certain radio wave licenses to the agency, which in turn will offer the spectrum for sale to wireless...
Round Two: $9.038 Billion Bid in FCC’s Spectrum Auction (8/17/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With two rounds finished in the forward part of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum incentive auction, a total of $9.038 billion has been bid on the available 416 geographic markets where licenses are being offered. That is up from the $8,490,410,000 bid in round one, which began Aug. 16. The auction is in...
First two rounds of forward auction of 600 MHz airwaves draws over $9B in bids (8/17/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Bidders in the FCC’s incentive auction offered $8.5 billion for some of the 600 MHz airwaves during the event’s first round Tuesday, far outpacing the first day of bidding for AWS-3 spectrum less than two years ago. But a second round of bidding garnered only $500 million more, and analysts remain skeptical that...
Spectrum Auction Round Two: About $500M in New Bids (8/17/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] With two rounds finished in the forward part of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum incentive auction, a total of $9.038 billion has been bid on the available 416 geographic markets where licenses are being offered. That’s up from the $8,490,410,000 bid in round one, which began Tuesday (Aug. 16). The auction is in...
FCC 600 MHz incentive auction draws $8B in opening round ‘winning’ bids (8/17/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless] Despite some pessimism about the eventual outcome of the proceedings, the mobile telecommunications industry showed robust enthusiasm for the 600 MHz spectrum auction currently up for bid by the Federal Communications Commission. The first round of forward bidding in the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction proceedings generated more than $8 billion in...
Wells Fargo Sees Spectrum Auction Shortfall (8/17/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] The securities research unit says the FCC incentive auction of broadcast spectrum is likely heading into more stages after the opening day forward auction in Stage 1 yielded just $8.5 billion in bids. The FCC needs $88.5 billion to cover the offers it made to broadcasters for the spectrum on the block and...
How To Follow the FCC Incentive Auction (8/17/2016) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] As the leaders of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force said in opening a post on the FCC’s blog last week, “Who says nothing happens in Washington in August?”  Bidding in the initial stage of theFCC Incentive Auction’s forward auction phase begins on Tuesday, August 16th, and with it, the longest...
FCC kick-starts second phase of incentive spectrum auction (8/17/2016) - [Source: Telecom Finance] The US’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched yesterday the second stage of its two-part incentive spectrum auction, known as the ‘forward auction’. The FCC revealed in late June that it has pledged to pay broadcasters US$86.42bn for the 126 MHz of spectrum it acquired from them in the initial reverse auction…
$8.49 Billion Bid in FCC’s Forward Auction Opening Round (8/17/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With one round in the books in the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction, bidders have so far ponied up $8,490,410,000 toward the 100 MHz of spectrum up for grabs in 416 geographic areas, though with bidding credits and discounts that figure drops to $8,040,000,000 toward meeting the final...
$8.5B Bid in Opening Round of Forward Spectrum Auction (8/17/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] With one round in the books in the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction, bidders have so far ponied up $8,490,410,000 toward the 100 MHz of spectrum up for grabs in 416 geographic areas, though with bidding credits and discounts that figure drops to $8,040,000,000 toward meeting the final stage...
$8.49 Billion Bid in FCC’s Forward Auction Opening Round (8/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With one round in the books in the forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum incentive auction, bidders have so far ponied up $8,490,410,000 toward the 100 MHz of spectrum up for grabs in 416 geographic areas, though with bidding credits and discounts that figure drops to $8,040,000,000 toward meeting the final...
Spectrum Forward Auction Gets Underway (8/16/2016) - [Source: BidnessEtc] On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began the second phase of its spectrum auction following the reverse auction that ended June 29. This is the first time that the FCC has conducted this auction in a bid to distribute valuable spectrum from TV stations to wireless carriers. In the reverse auction, broadcasters...
FCC to Open the Second Part of Incentive Auction Today (8/16/2016) - [Source: Zacks] The U.S. telecom regulator Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will open the second part of the 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as Incentive Auction, on Aug 16, 2016. The Incentive Auction, which was initiated by the FCC on Mar 29, 2016, completed its first part in early last month. In the...
FCC starts bidding in second part of wireless auction (8/16/2016) - [Source: The Hill] Bidding began among mobile carriers and other buyers in a historic auction for wireless spectrum on Tuesday, launching the second phase of the sale. Broadcast stations previously agreed to give up spectrum, the radio frequencies that carry wireless data, in exchange for a payout from the Federal Communications Commission. The agency will...
FCC airwaves auction opens bidding (8/16/2016) - [Source: The Register] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally opened the bidding process on a spectrum auction that looks to raise billions in revenues and expand the coverage and quality of wireless broadband networks. The Commission on Tuesday kicked off the “clock phase” portion of the auction, in which telco providers submit their...
What Investors Should Know As 600 MHz Incentive Auction Enters Phase Two (8/16/2016) - [Source: Trefis] The second part of the FCC’s incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves is beginning on August 16, enabling a total of 62 bidders, including wireless carriers and other participants, to buy low-band spectrum from TV broadcasters. Below, we take a look at how the auction has progressed thus far and what lies ahead....
FCC spectrum auction reaches next round (8/16/2016) - [Source: CNET] The second phase of the Federal Communication Commission’s so-called incentive spectrum auction kicked off Tuesday. This first-of-its-kind auction allows wireless operators and others to buy airwaves that TV broadcasters have agreed to give up in an earlier stage of the auction. The first part of the auction, which included a “reverse auction” in...
Small carriers request pause in incentive auction during conferences next month (8/16/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] Two wireless industry groups representing regional operators is asking the FCC to suspend bidding in the forward auction of 600 MHz spectrum for six days next month. As Wireless Week reported, the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) and the Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) jointly filed an informal request last week urging the Commission...
Bidding begins on FCC’s spectrum auction (8/16/2016) - [Source: Politico] FCC’S AIRWAVES AUCTION TAKES FLIGHT — The next phase of the FCC’s first-of-its-kind airwaves auction begins this morning, when wireless companies and others start bidding on licenses for mobile broadband. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Comcast are among the 62 companies expected to bid on the licenses, which TV stations offered up in a...
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile FCC expected to drive FCC incentive auction (8/16/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless] More than 60 entities are set to begin bidding on 600 MHz spectrum licenses as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auction proceedings, which are scheduled to kick off this morning. The FCC is set to hold just a single round of bidding today, though that round is scheduled to last...
FCC’s Spectrum Forward Auction Begins Tuesday (8/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction begins Tuesday (Aug. 16), with the FCC hoping wireless companies step up to the plate. In the forward auction, wireless companies and others will bid for broadcast spectrum reclaimed in the reverse auction, which ended June 29. The FCC will need to get...
FCC’s Spectrum Forward Auction Begins Today (8/16/2016) - [Source: Multichannel News] The forward portion of the FCC’s spectrum auction begins today (Aug. 16), with the FCC hoping wireless companies step up to the plate. In the forward auction, wireless companies and others will bid for broadcast spectrum reclaimed in the reverse auction, which ended June 29. The FCC will need to get a...
Wireless Groups Seek Spectrum Auction Carve-outs (8/16/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The forward portion of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction did not even start until today (Aug. 16), but smaller wireless companies have already asked the FCC to suspend the bidding for six days in September. In an informal request filed last week, the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) and NTCA: The Rural...
FCC puts 600 MHz spectrum ‘incentive auction’ into forward gear (8/16/2016) - [Source: Total Telecom] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is due to kick off the second part of the country’s 600-MHz spectrum sale in Washington DC on Tuesday, when 62 bidders are expected to submit their offers for TV broadcasters’ airwaves. The auction is called the “incentive auction” and the second part is called the “forward...
LPTV Investors Ask DC Circ. To Rehear Auction Challenges (8/16/2016) - [Source: Law360] Law360, Washington (August 15, 2016, 8:52 PM ET) — Low-power TV investors and a religious LPTV station urged the D.C. Circuit on Friday to reconsider tossing their challenge to the upcoming spectrum auction, saying the Federal Communications Commission has trampled the rights of LPTV license holders. The petitioners urged either the original three-judge...
AT&T and Verizon to Lead Charge in FCC Wireless Spectrum Auction (8/15/2016) - [Source: The Street] AT&T (T) , Verizon (VZ) , T-Mobile  (TMUS) , Comcast (CMCSA) , Dish (DISH)  and others start bidding Tuesday for the most appealing wireless spectrum left in the government’s portfolio. The Federal Communications Commission opens the second phase of a groundbreaking auction — the first of its kind in the world — that allows wireless carriers...
FAB Seeks Further Review of FCC Spectrum Auction Decision (8/15/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] With the forward portion of the FCC’s broadcast incentive auction scheduled to start Aug. 16, Free Access & Broadcast Telemedia (FAB) has asked either a panel of judges or the entire bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review its decision denying FAB standing to challenge the...
The forward portion of the incentive auction starts tomorrow, and no one knows what to expect (8/15/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum shifts into forward tomorrow when as many as 62 bidders begin to make offers for TV broadcasters’ airwaves. But exactly when the event will actually be over remains a mystery. The Commission announced the conclusion of the first stage of the incentive auction in...
FCC scheduled to start second phase of major wireless auction (8/15/2016) - [Source: The Hill] The Federal Communications Commission is poised to start the second phase of an innovative auction for wireless spectrum this week. The commission purchased spectrum from broadcasters and, starting Tuesday, will attempt to resell it to wireless providers and other interested parties. Officials are trying to make more spectrum available for consumers, who increasingly...
AT&T: industrial lighting, FM stations causing interference with low-band wireless services (8/15/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] … “Lighting systems, including CFL ballasts and LEDs, such as those used in sports scoreboards, billboards, and other large scale video displays, can wreak havoc with uplink signals to nearby cell sites operating in the Lower 700 MHz and 850 MHz Cellular services and will likely impact soon-to-be-auctioned 600 MHz spectrum,” AT&T...
Wheeler Defends FCC’s ‘Network Compact’ Agenda (8/15/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] …[FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler] explained that he had been invited to Aspen to focus on what lies ahead for the “network revolution… and the FCC.”  His wide-ranging remarks cited the commission’s actions on 5G, public safety and national security, the broadcast spectrum incentive auction and updates to the educational access program. … Wheeler...
The FCC’s room where it happens (8/15/2016) - [Source: Politico] …The FCC launches the next phase of the incentive auction Tuesday, when wireless companies and others will bid on the airwave licenses TV stations offered up in the reverse auction earlier this summer. And the efforts to fight robocalls also ramp up, with the FCC playing host to the first meeting of an...
Sprint’s shrinking spending drags U.S. wireless capex down 10% in Q2 (8/15/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …Analysts expect carriers to ramp up spending on their networks once the upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum is complete, and as they begin to commercially deploy 5G technologies over the next few years. The next few quarters are likely to determine whether Sprint can continue to enhance its network sufficiently...
Broadcasters Can’t Control Incentive Prices (8/15/2016) - [Source: New America] Communications Daily quoted Michael Calabrese on price fixing in the reverse spectrum auction: Broadcasters in the incentive auction have no ability to influence prices they get for their spectrum in the reverse auction, an Incentive Auction Task Force spokesman said in an interview Friday. Since the reverse auction closed at a stratospheric $86...
Product Review: Clearstream Eclipse TV Antenna (8/11/2016) - [Source: HDTV Magazine] It’s been a while since I reviewed my last batch of TV antennas, but the topic is worth revisiting with the ongoing spectrum auction and an apparent increase in cord-cutting as people ditch more costly pay TV packages for free, off-air reception of broadcast TV channels. Plus, in case you hadn’t noticed,...
FCC’s Incentive Auction Mock Rounds Underway (8/11/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] The FCC’s “mock auction” to familiarize spectrum bidders with the forward auction bidding process started Thursday morning and will continue on Aug. 12 in anticipation of the official start of bidding on 600 MHz band licenses for mobile broadband use. That bidding will start on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Gary Epstein, chair, and Jean L. Kiddoo, deputy chair, of...
T-Mobile US buoys Deutsche Telekom in mixed Q2 (8/11/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …Deutsche Telekom has long wanted to spin off its U.S. carrier to hone its focus on European markets, but it reportedly shelved efforts to sell T-Mobile earlier this year to focus on the upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves. The parent company has consistently said it’s under no pressure to sell...
How To Follow FCC Incentive Auction Action (8/11/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] FCC spectrum auction honchos Gary Epstein and Jean Kiddoo give a preview of how the commission’s spectrum incentive auction process will unfold and how the public can keep track as the auction moves through the bidding rounds.
FCC Preps Bidders for Tuesday’s TV Spectrum Sale (8/10/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Two-fifths of the nation’s over-the-air TV band is going on sale next week to be converted into wireless broadband networks. The TV spectrum incentive forward auction commences Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. ET. The forward auction follows an earlier reverse auction, in which broadcasters offered to relinquish a total of 126...
AT&T: Looking To Tweak Unsustainable Tower Plans (8/10/2016) - [Source: 4-traders.com] …With AT&T all set to bid in the FCCs 600MHz forward auction, which should start on the 16th of August if all goes according to plan, cutting costs and acquiring capital is more important than ever before. The auction could be a real game changer for a number of smaller providers, and could...
The Incentive Auction Moves “Forward” – Here’s How to Follow Along (8/10/2016) - [Source: FCC.gov] Who says nothing happens in Washington in August? On Tuesday, August 16th, the Incentive Auction will enter the first stage of forward auction bidding, in which bidders will compete to win new 600 MHz Band licenses for mobile broadband use. Because this is a new auction design, we wanted to give you a...
Cumming Boards GatesAir as Director of Key Accounts (8/10/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] GatesAir has announced that it is bringing on Neville Cumming as its director of key accounts. He will join the GatesAir team to support broadcast groups in the U.S. through the spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 transition, according to the company’s press release. Cumming was with the Harris Corporation for more than...
Healthy But Challenging Outlook For Stations (8/10/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] In the face of increased competition for viewers, television stations are maintaining their position in the advertising marketplace… The level of television station transactions increased between 2013 and early 2014, due to the success of larger groups’ retransmission consent negotiations and the upcoming reverse auction to be held by the FCC. While M&A...
FCC, Station Ask To Stay Case Pending Spectrum Auction (8/9/2016) - [Source: Law360] The Federal Communications Commission and a Florida-based broadcaster asked the D.C. Circuit to set aside their dispute over spectrum auction eligibility Monday until after the end of the auction this year. The agency and the Latina Broadcasters of Daytona said that, in light of the ruling earlier this year that made Latina Broadcasters...
AT&T CFO: Our 40 MHz of unused spectrum will ‘dramatically improve our capacity’ (8/9/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] AT&T’s CFO said the carrier has a large chunk of unused spectrum that he said gives the carrier a “unique” position against its rivals. Specifically, AT&T’s John Stephens said the operator owns roughly 140 MHz of spectrum nationwide but is only using around 100 MHz of those holdings. … Importantly, AT&T and...
Political Helps Tribune Overcome Flat Local (8/9/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Adjusted core advertising results for Tribune during the second quarter of 2016 were flat, President/CEO Peter Liguori told investment analysts during the television group’s 2Q financial results conference… Liguori echoed the TV executive conventional wisdom on M&A, which is to say that the group may be interested in dealing, but all such plans...
Dish Network Upgraded On TV Spectrum Auction Scenarios (8/9/2016) - [Source: Investors.com] Macquarie Capital upgraded Dish Network (DISH) to buy on views that most scenarios on how a government spectrum auction could play out look better for the satellite TV broadcaster. … Macquarie’s Yong says the value of Dish Network’s nearly 80 MHz of airwaves could rise, depending on what bidding levels are reached in...
Dish Network eyes strategic deals with larger US$3bn convertible bond (8/9/2016) - [Source: Satellite Finance] US satellite broadcaster Dish Network has closed a private convertible bond offering worth US$3bn for strategic deals, which it said could include wireless and spectrum-related transactions. The company is a qualified bidder in the FCC’s ongoing incentive spectrum auction and has already amassed a significant hoard of frequencies that are tied to strict LTE network buildout...
AT&T’s Keathley: Current wireless tower business model ‘not sustainable,’ task force is researching options (8/9/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] AT&T’s Tom Keathley said the operator has formed an internal task force to develop alternatives to the traditional cell tower space-rental business model. Keathley said tower companies’ current business practices “may not be sustainable.” …analysts who follow the space remain positive on the tower sector and tower companies in general, mainly due...
T-Mobile US (TMUS) – Analysts’ Recent Ratings Changes (8/8/2016) - [Source: American Banking News] … 6/13/2016 – T-Mobile US had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Citigroup Inc. They now have a $51.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $47.00… The analyst expects investors will once more be able to consider T-Mobile’s strategic optionality “as the broadcast spectrum auction progresses and the...
Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint speak Wookie on coverage (8/8/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] …[T-Mobile] added further fuel to the fire this week when it told CNet it expects its network to match the coverage of Verizon Wireless within the next 12 months. In making the claim, T-Mobile US CTO Neville Ray said the carrier will be one of the first to tap into the 600...
Fitch Rates AT&T’s Exchange Offering ‘A-‘; Outlook Stable (8/5/2016) - [Source: Business Wire via WUPV-TV] Fitch Ratings has assigned an ‘A-‘ rating to AT&T Inc.’s (AT&T; NYSE: T) senior unsecured exchange notes. AT&T commenced an offer to exchange up to 21 series of existing senior unsecured notes previously issued by AT&T and certain operating subsidiaries for new notes and cash. … Broadcast TV Spectrum Auction:...
Broadcast Standard Concerns ‘Unfounded,’ NAB Says (8/5/2016) - [Source: Law360] The National Association of Broadcasters pushed back Thursday against concerns about a proposed broadcast television standard’s effect on wireless communication interests, telling the Federal Communications Commission the new means of signal transmission will not interfere with spectrum licenses purchased in the incentive auction. In an ex parte filing, the NAB outlined an Aug....
For MundoMax, an increasingly uncertain future (8/5/2016) - [Source: Media Life Magazine] … América Tevé took over MundoMax’s NYC frequency, WPXO-LD 34.1, on Monday. It also replaced MundoMax in Puerto Rico that same day. … Other MundoMax stations have been targets for groups hoping to make a profit in the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction. Last October, NRJ TV purchased KFWD, MundoMax’s Dallas-Fort Worth...
Want the Fastest Internet in the U.S.? Get on T-Mobile (8/4/2016) - [Source: New York Magazine] … And there’s a battle looming for more spectrum, which is key to who actually comes out on top. The FCC is preparing to auction off 126 Mhz ofTV spectrum, all of it 600 Mhz airwaves, the lowest frequency ever made available to mobile carriers. Lower frequency means signals can travel...
T-Mobile vows to match Verizon’s coverage in next 12 months (8/4/2016) - [Source: CNET] … T-Mobile is also banking on its participation in the ongoing government auction of spectrum to help boost its coverage. At stake is low-band 600-megahertz spectrum that’s ideal for going large distances and punching through walls. Despite the auction process still getting going, T-Mobile’s Ray vowed it will be the first carrier to...
CTIA Super Mobility 2016 Mobile Intelligence Conference to Feature More Than 100 Experts (8/4/2016) - [Source: PR Newswire] … CTIA Super Mobility 2016 Mobile Intelligence Conference tracks are: Everything Intelligent: Taking the Networks to 5G – Technologists, entrepreneurs and business insiders will discuss the evolution from 4G to 5G and the global race to identify and harmonize additional spectrum to support next generation wireless networks. Speakers include: Tom Keathley, SVP, Wireless...
Gray Sees The FCC As A Net Positive (8/4/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] “Considering all the good that can come from the spectrum auction and the FCC’s potential authorization of ATSC 3.0, this is the first time in a long while that the broadcasting industry can point to the FCC as a potential driver of growth,” Gray EVP Kevin Latek told analysts during the company’s second quarter...
FAQ: Citizens guide to the airwaves (8/4/2016) - [Source: Association for Progressive Communications] … The two most popular means of granting access to licensed spectrum bands are through spectrum auctions and through so-called “beauty contests.” The auction method is straightforward: interested parties bid for a given spectrum band; whoever commits the higher sum gets the right to use the frequencies. In theory this...
600 MHz spectrum auction update and impact on 5G (8/3/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] What impact will a now expected prolonged 600 MHz spectrum auction have on 5G deployment plans and will millimeter wave bands help bridge the gap? On this week’s Carrier Wrap, we spoke with Dan Hays, principal at PwC’s Strategy& division to get his insight into the Federal Communications Commission’s ongoing 600...
Debunking a Few Myths about the FCC’s Incentive Auction (8/3/2016) - [Source: Broadcast Law Blog] With the FCC’s Incentive Auction poised to move into its next phase with the August 16th start of active bidding in the forward auction, where companies looking to provide mobile broadband services will bid on licenses carved out of the spectrum vacated by TV broadcasters, we thought it might be helpful...
Dish Network plans US$2bn convertible for strategic deals (8/2/2016) - [Source: Telecom Finance] The US satellite broadcaster, which has qualified to participate in the FCC’s ongoing incentive spectrum auction, said in a statement that it expects to grant the initial purchaser up to an… …activities over the next three years: the incentive auction, the re-auction of AWS-3 spectrum licences its affiliates were forced to surrender...
BTIG ups price target for T-Mobile amid ‘relatively tame competitive dynamics’ (8/2/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] …And the nation’s third-largest carrier may be poised to be unexpectedly aggressive during the upcoming auction of TV broadcasters’ 600 MHz spectrum, Piecyk wrote. T-Mobile’s second-quarter report included a $2.2 billion payment for spectrum licenses and related transactions, which appears to be a deposit in advance of the auction that starts in...
T-Mobile Wants ‘Efficient’ Spectrum Reconfiguration (8/1/2016) - [Source: Law360] T-Mobile is pressing for an “efficient, phased reconfiguration” of spectrum as the Federal Communications Commission moves forward with its experimental incentive auction, according to an ex parte filing with the agency submitted Friday. Internal T-Mobile USA Inc. employees and outside counsel spoke July 27 with FCC staffers, including Incentive Auction Task Force members,...
DNC 2016: Broadband Platform and Leaked E-mails (7/29/2016) - [Source: Benton Foundation] …Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler intends to stay in his job until the middle of 2017, if Hillary Clinton wins the White House. Bloomberg reported that staying until mid-2017 would give Chairman Wheeler a better shot at wrapping up several big-ticket agency initiatives, sealing his legacy as chairman. Projects Chairman Wheeler...
Burke’s Right; There Are Too Many Channels (7/29/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] NBCU chief Steve Burke says the company will get rid of some of its “marginal channels.” I give that idea an enthusiastic thumbs up. The glut of these second- or third-rate channels has been a bane to broadcasting, siphoning off viewers, national advertising dollars and, in many cases, programming fees paid by the...
Don’t Let Being A Broadcaster Limit Your Role (7/29/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] …For those with eyes focused firmly on the stars, the spectrum auction creates another opportunity. While stations are precluded from discussing whether they are participating in the auction, you can be sure that most are weighing opportunities in a post-auction or post-repack world.Imagine, for example, a community-focused UHF station in a market with...
Verizon in US$6.15bn bond offering (7/29/2016) - [Source: Telecom Finance] Fitch said it thinks Verizon will be a “modest” spender in the FCC forward auction, currently underway.Earlier this week, Verizon reported consolidated revenue of US$30.5bn, adjusted EBITDA of…
AFCCE: ATSC 3.0 Won’t Interfere With Wireless (7/28/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] …The ATSC is in the process of developing and approving the remaining components of the standard, and shooting for completion by next spring, in time for the post-TV spectrum incentive auction repack. The National Association of Broadcasters, the Consumer Technology Association, the AWARN Alliance and the Association of Public TV Stations petitioned the...
PBS Chief Paula Kerger Talks ‘Sesame Street’ Changes, Spectrum Auction (7/28/2016) - [Source: Variety] …Kerger also addressed concerns about the FCC’s spectrum auction, which began in May and allows broadcasters to sell pieces of their spectrum to be used by wireless providers. It is expected to end once the target amount of spectrum has been sold. “I remain concerned and trust that many of you are writing...
T-Mobile’s appeal to millennials has helped it gain ground in the wireless wars (7/28/2016) - [Source: iStackr / BI Intelligence] …Will McKitterick, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on wireless carriers that examines how the wireless industry has fundamentally changed since carriers began aggressively responding to the launch of T-Mobile’s “Un-Carrier” movement. It also looks at the factors underpinning changes...
MPEG-2 Still Kicking, Ready For Last Big Push (7/28/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] MPEG-2 compression has proven itself to be a workhorse for the television industry, enabling DTV multicasting channel count to grow with successive generations of encoders. In its closing act, the compression technique has enough performance left to help make the spectrum repack a success and position the industry for a successful transition to...
Comcast reports progress in much maligned customer service (7/27/2016) - [Source: Philadelphia Inquirer] Comcast Corp.’s second-quarter revenues rose a slim 2.8 percent and the company reported a modest drop in profits as its slate of Hollywood movies – rocket-fueled in 2015 by the release of Furious 7 and Jurassic World – failed to repeat that success. …Comcast executives could not discuss the federal spectrum auction...
Comcast (cmcsa) Tops Q2 Earnings, Revenue Estimates (7/27/2016) -   [Source: Yahoo! Finance] Latest Developments Comcast is taking part in the ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, which is popularly known as — Incentive Auction – by the FCC. Notably, the company has already entered into an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) agreement with Verizon Communications Inc. VZ. Verizon is also a participant...
Verizon, Sprint and AT&T results dissected (7/27/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless] Carrier Wrap speaks with Recon Analytics to take a stab at dissecting the latest quarterly results from Verizon, Sprint and AT&T In a somewhat rare occurrence, three of the nation’s four largest wireless carriers reported their latest quarterly results within days of one another. Those three included AT&T Mobility, Sprint and Verizon...
Diginets Attracting More And More Believers (7/27/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] While the spectrum auction and repack could raise challenges, most multicast network players say they’re bullish on the business, especially with the likely adoption of ATSC 3.0. Diginets keep adding affiliates and expanding coverage and the top ones have begun attracting general market advertising. This is Part 1 of a four-part special report...
Amendment of the Commission’s Rules With Regard to Commercial… (7/27/2016) - [Source: Federal Register] Effective August 25, 2016 except for §§ 1.9046, 96.3, 96.17(b), 96.25(c)(1)(i), and 96.32(a) and (b) which contain information collection requirements subject to approval by the Office of Management and Budget. The Federal Communications Commission will publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the effective date for those sections. Paul Powell, Paul.Powell@fcc.gov, of...
What Accelerated Subscriber Loss Means For Dish Network? (7/26/2016) - [Source: Trefis] Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) managed to soundly beat earnings, reporting net income of $410 million or $0.88 for Q2 fiscal 2016, about 14 cents ahead of the consensus estimate. However, the company’s net revenues remained somewhat flat at $3.84 billion, as increases in average revenue per user (ARPU) on higher video service rates were offset by Dish’s...
Radio World: Wheeler Appoints Radiocommunication Advisory Committee Leaders (7/26/2016) - [Source: Radio World] In preparation for the International Telecommunication Union’s 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has appointed a new chair and vice chair for the commission’s advisory committee for the conference. Thomas C. Power has been tapped to serve as the committee’s chair, while Christopher J. Murphy will be the vice chair....
Twenty-First Century Businesses Need 21st Century Infrastructure (7/25/2016) - [Source: Telecom Engine] White House Underlines Opportunity to Apply Lessons from 4G to 5G-LTE Challenges Ahead // THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM :: Under President Obama, we have seen technological breakthroughs and strategic investments that have propelled the United States to the forefront of wireless broadband—with world-leading 4G/LTE coverage for more than 98 percent of...
FCCs Auction Target The Impossible Dream (7/25/2016) - [Source: Big News Network] In the 600-Megahertz reverse auction for broadcast TV station spectrum, the Federal Communications Commission has set an unattainable bar: An $86 billion ask for 126 MHz of frequency to then be made available for wireless use, at a value that most analysts say is only worth between $30 billion and $40...
Wheeler appoints two industry veterans to WRC-19 advisory committee (7/25/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless Tech] In preparation for the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) next World Radiocommunication Conference scheduled to convene in 2019, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appointed two professionals, from both the wireless and satellite industries, to represent the U.S. Wheeler appointed Thomas C. Power, senior vice president and general counsel of CTIA, chair, and Christopher...
Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) to Feel the Heat from Spectrum and FCC Headwinds: Oppenheimer (7/22/2016) - [Source: Business Finance News] Verizon May Get pressure from FCC regulations and Spectrum Auctions. The research firm downgraded the company’s stock. Yesterday, Oppenheimer took a detailed review of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) stock. The research firm noted that although the company has potential in its long-term wireless and fiber fundamentals and that the stock is...
AT&T officially announces FirstNet bid (7/22/2016) - [Source: IWCE’s Urgent Communications] AT&T announces that it has submitted a bid in response to the FirstNet request for proposals (RFP) to build and maintain the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), meaning at least three bidding teams are vying for the 25-year deal with FirstNet. AT&T yesterday announced that it has submitted a bid in response to the...
FCC Incentive Auction Update (7/22/2016) - [Source: Georgia Association of Broadcasters] Stage 1 of the reverse auction ended on June 29 after 52 rounds, with the FCC announcing that the sum of all “provisionally winning” reverse auction bids in this stage totaled $86,422,558,704 (the “Stage 1 Clearing Cost”).  Attention will now move to the initial stage of the forward auction process,...
MFM-BCCA Distance Learning Seminar to Explore TV Station’s Financial Considerations for Broadcast Spectrum Auction (7/21/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable]  “TV groups need to be thinking now about how to account for both their participation in the FCC’s spectrum auction and the spectrum repack,” said Mary M. Collins, president and CEO of MFM and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit organization. “The webinar will reprise Stephen Theater’s well-attended and highly...
Chairman Wheeler Appoints Chair and Vice Chair to World Radiocommunication Conference Advisory Committee (7/21/2016) - [Source: Benton Foundation] As part of its preparations for the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) next World Radiocommunication Conference scheduled to convene in 2019, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of Thomas C. Power as Chair and Christopher J. Murphy as Vice Chair of the FCC’s Advisory Committee for the World Radiocommunication Conference...
U.S. FCC’s Incentive Auction Witnesses Stepped-Up Bidding (7/18/2016) - [Source: NASDAQ.com] Last Friday, the U.S. telecom regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declared that its ongoing 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as — Incentive Auction — has received as many as 62 applications. All 62 bidders have made upfront payments. The Incentive Auction, which was kicked off by the FCC on...
Comcast joins top mobile carriers in 600MHz spectrum auction (7/18/2016) - [Source: Ars Technica] Comcast is getting ready to bid on spectrum as it prepares a move into the mobile broadband business. Bidding under the name “CC Wireless Investment, LLC,” Comcast submitted its application a few months ago and is now one of 62 qualified bidders announced by the Federal Communications Commission on Friday. These bidders have submitted down payments...
TV Repack Draws Attention of FM Radio (7/18/2016) - [Source: Radio World] The TV spectrum reallocation in the United States could bring challenges for FM radio stations that share tower space with TV stations being reassigned. The transition plan will take time to unfold since the Federal Communications Commission has not set any final deadlines for new channel assignments, but observers say now is...
FCC: 62 Applicants Qualified to Bid for TV Spectrum (7/15/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The Federal Communications Commission today announced that 62 applicants will be bidding for TV spectrum in the forward incentive auction. The FCC Public Notice indicated the forward auction will begin Aug. 16, 2016. The list of the willing includes Cellco Partners d/b/a Verizon and AT&T, as expected, plus a host of regional...
FCC Releases Forward Auction Bidding Guide (7/13/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] “Big Wireless, Inc.” is the name given qualified forward-auction applicants who can bid on all spectrum parcels and some reserved spectrum, but who don’t get bidding credits reserved for smaller outfits and rural service providers. That’s according to the Forward Auction User Guide released today by the Federal Communications Commission. The guide...
FCC reverse auction sets hefty $86.4bn asking price for 600-MHz spectrum (7/1/2016) - [Source: Total Telecom] The U.S. this week completed the reverse auction stage of its two-part incentive auction, placing a hefty US$86.4 billion (€77.8 billion) price tag on clearing TV airwaves so they can be reused for mobile services. In total, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cleared 126 MHz of 600-MHz spectrum. According to the…
Next phase of FCC spectrum auction likely to start mid-July (7/1/2016) - [Source: Seeking Alpha] The FCC says it will reveal the names of bidders in the forward auction portion of the broadcast incentive spectrum auction, setting the start of the next phase likely in mid-July. There are about 100 parties eligible to bid and they have a payment due by 5 p.m. today, which will validate...
Repacking broadcast spectrum will require new skill sets (6/30/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] As the first phase of the U.S. government’s 600 MHz auction concluded, the Federal Communication Commission said it will be able to clear 126 megahertz of spectrum. That’s good news not only for wireless carriers but also for the construction and engineering firms that will help “repack” the broadcast spectrum, and eventually...
126 MHz Cleared at $86 Billion (6/29/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] The first reverse stage of the TV spectrum incentive auction has concluded, with a clearing cost of $86,422,558,704. That’s according to the Federal Communications Commission’s Incentive Auction Dashboard. It will now be left to the wireless industry bidders to cover that amount, plus $1.75 billion to cover the broadcaster relocation fund as...
FCC finishes first stage of 600MHz auction with $86.4 billion spectrum cost (6/29/2016) - [Source: TmoNews] It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the 600MHz spectrum auction, but today a major milestone was hit. The FCC has confirmed that the reverse auction is complete, and that the bidding for the 126MHz of spectrum that was cleared finished at $86.4 billion. With a “B.” Now the FCC will...
Spectrum Auction: Broadcaster Exit Price Is $86,422,558,704 (6/29/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] If wireless companies and other forward auction bidders cooperate, the government will pay TV broadcasters $86,422,558,704 to reclaim their spectrum in key markets. The FCC will have to collect at least that much in the forward auction to cover what it will have to pay broadcasters at the 126 MHz clearing...
FCC Acquires Large Swath of TV Airwaves in Auction (6/29/2016) - [Source: Wall Street Journal] The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday it acquired $86.4 billion worth of wireless airwaves from television broadcasters in the first phase of a complex auction, an effort designed to free up TV spectrum for cellular use. The agency hopes wireless carriers, cable companies and other bidders will be willing to spend...
FCC’s Forward Auction Starts Late July at Earliest (6/27/2016) - [Source: Broadcasting & Cable] It looks like the forward portion of the broadcast incentive auction—the one where wireless companies and others bid for broadcast spectrum reclaimed in the reverse auction—can’t start for at least four weeks and likely closer to the first week of August. Barring a pause or slowdown in the proceedings (which would only...
Reverse auction of 600 MHz spectrum could end this week: BTIG (6/27/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] The “reverse” portion of the FCC’s incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum could end this week, BTIG Research reported. And that will trigger the FCC’s disclosure of the amount of money bidders in the forward auction must spend to end the event. The commission has spent the last several weeks holding its...
FCC spectrum auction gets underway, seeks to clear 126 MHz for wireless mobile development (6/15/2016) - [Source: IPWatchdog] Wireless mobile data transmission technologies have been revolutionizing the world of consumer electronics over the past decade and the American consumer has had a rapacious appetite for it. A study of mobile usage data conducted between July and September of 2014 found that U.S. cellular subscribers gobbled up an average of 1.8 gigabytes...
Symons: FCC Focusing On TV Band Repack (6/14/2016) - [Source: TVNewsCheck] Sometime late this summer, the FCC expects to complete work on a computer program that will allow it to quickly draw up a plan for the repacking of the TV band at the close of incentive auction — essentially a detailed schedule for when each station assigned a new channel has to move...
FCC 600-MHz Low-Band Airwave Auction Remains on Course (6/6/2016) - [Source: Zacks] The 600 MHz low-band wireless spectrum auction, popularly known as Incentive Auction, kicked off by the U.S. telecom regulator Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Mar 29, 2016, is progressing smoothly. Low-band spectrum is crucial for wireless operators as the signals can be transmitted over longer distances and through brick-and-mortar walls in cities. These...
Reality Check: The last great spectrum – the 600 MHz auction and TV white space (5/31/2016) - [Source: RCR Wireless News] The reverse-auction phase of the 600 megahertz auction (Auction 1001) begins on May 31, 2016. The Federal Communications Commission seeks to clear 126 megahertz of spectrum so that it may offer 10 blocks of 10-megahertz paired spectrum in the associated forward-auction (Auction 1002). Twenty-six megahertz of spectrum would be allocated for guard...
T-Mobile to Have Devices Ready for 600 Mhz Spectrum Auction (5/24/2016) - [Source: Android Headlines] … As with everything wireless in the US, the FCC oversee the sale of spectrum, or more specifically the right to broadcast over a certain wavelength or portion of a certain wavelength. While private sales between firms – such as the purchase of 700 Mhz by T-Mobile from Verizon last year –...
FCC publishes final list of 99 applicants for 600 MHz auction (5/15/2016) - [Source: Wireless Estimator] The Federal Communications Commission released the 99 names of completed bidder applications (below) for the forward auction that will see wireless carriers and other participants bid upon spectrum in the 600 MHz band being let go by many TV broadcasters. The next step in the auction will be when the FCC decides...
Get Ready! FCC 600MHz Auction Bidding Starts May 31 (5/5/2016) - [Source: Light Reading] The FCC is now getting ready to auction 600MHz spectrum to mobile operators at the end of the month. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says that TV broadcasters have agreed to clear 126MHz of the low-band airwaves to auction to wireless providers, starting on May 31. “The 126 MHz initial clearing target...
Preparing for TV Repack in the FM Universe (4/14/2016) - [Source: Radio World] Buzzwords and movements often bubble to the surface in the broadcast industry, only to disappear quickly under water. AM stereo. 3DTV. Many wonder today if 4K television will fully catch on. One current movement that is a certainty is the TV spectrum repack. The FCC’s recent release of the Reverse Auction Opening...
Long Delayed 600 MHz Incentive Auction Kicks Off (3/30/2016) - [Source: Wireless Week] After multiple delays and a lot of wrangling between broadcasters and regulators, the FCC’s 600 MHz incentive auction finally kicked off Tuesday night. At 6 p.m. ET, the window closed for participating broadcasters to make their initial bids in the reverse auction, wherein the the FCC will price out the available spectrum...
Historic Incentive Auction Begins (3/28/2016) - [Source: TV Technology] Broadcasters approved to participate in the TV spectrum incentive auction will not be able to pull out of the starting round after today. March 29, 2016, is the official start date of the two-part auction—a reverse auction with descending prices for broadcasters; a forward, more traditionally structured auction for the 100 or...
600 MHz incentive auction primer: Who will bid, when it will happen, how it will work, and how much money it will raise (3/22/2016) - [Source: Fierce Wireless] There were no obvious surprises among the 104 applicants that the FCC said last week could participate in the upcoming incentive auction of valuable 600 MHz spectrum, although a major dark horse may yet emerge. And plenty of other questions loom as we head into what FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hopes will...
FCC Chief Sees “Spectrum Extravaganza” As TV Auction Deadline Approaches – CES (1/6/2016) - [Source: Deadline Hollywood] Every city will soon see a transfer of airwave spectrum from broadcast TV to wireless Internet providers, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said today at the CES consumer electronics confab — 84 days before a long-awaited auction takes place. Broadcasters have until Tuesday to say whether they’ll offer some of their local air rights for the...
Back to Basics: Spectrum 101 (6/22/2015) - [Source: TV Technology] … The UHF TV spectrum at 600 MHz has been called “beachfront property” for wireless carriers but before buying that property, it might be worth asking if today’s “beachfront property” might be underwater tomorrow. Looking at the history of spectrum usage, could this spectrum be worth less in 2020 than it was...