FCC Taking Station Auction Pitch On Road

Will Visit 50 markets, January-April for Auction Participation
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The FCC is about to take its incentive auction financial pitch on the road.

In a blog post, Howard Symons, vice chair of the FCC's incentive auction task force, said the FCC would be following up on an information packet sent last month with more than a dozen road trips by commission staffers covering about 50 TV markets.

The FCC is pitching the high-end value of the auction to broadcasters, using the top opening bids—which will almost certainly drop as some broadcasters vie for the billions at stake—and at a spectrum reclamation figure of 126 MHz, which is higher than most estimates of what the FCC can expect—84 MHz is a more often-cited figure, but some broadcasters think even that is high.

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