FCC Sets DBS, TV Auction Dates


The Federal Communications Commission announced dates for the auction of TV
broadcast and direct-broadcast satellite spectrum.

On May 28, the agency plans to auction 256 licenses in the lower
700-megahertz band that is currently occupied by over-the-air TV stations.
Wireless carriers are expected to bid for the licenses.

On Aug. 4, the FCC is planning to conduct over the Internet an auction of
four DBS licenses.

Three licenses, with 32 channels each, cover Hawaii, Alaska and many West
Coast and Rocky Mountain states. A fourth, with just two channels, would cover
nearly all of the lower 48 states except California and parts of the Pacific