A spokesman for FCC acting chair Mignon Clyburn told Multichannel News on Friday that the commission remains on track for an incentive auction order by the close of this year and an auction by the end of 2014.
That came in response to a suggestion by Sen. Communications Subcommittee chair Mark Pryor that he'd heard rumors the FCC might have to move the deadline into 2015, and guessed that would happen.
"The Commission's world-class incentive auction team of economists, auction experts, and engineers is making steady progress towards holding the world's first incentive auction in 2014; which will free up significant spectrum for mobile broadband use," said the spokesman. "The auction is a top institutional priority and we are on track to help deliver faster speeds, greater capacity, and more ubiquitous wireless connectivity to consumers and businesses across the country."
The FCC's incentive auction point person, Gary Epstein, told a House Communications Subcommittee hearing panel last week that the staff is working hard to ensure they meet that 2013/2014 timeline for an order and an auction.