FCC Considers Auction Rule Options

Includes Limiting Big Player Investment in Small Bidders

The FCC has sought input on a host of proposals to change its bidding rules in advance of the broadcast incentive auction, including whether to make it easier for designated entities who lease spectrum to larger players to qualify for bidding discounts, as the FCC had initially proposed.

The FCC, through a request for further comment approved last week, is seeking more input on how it can make it easier for smaller businesses to participate in the auction without allowing "unjust enrichment to ineligible entities." The window for comment will be short, less than a month for both comments and reply comments.

That is because the FCC needs to get moving on any bidding rule changes if it is to make its early 2016 incentive auction deadline.

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