The National Association of Broadcasters breathed a public sigh of relief Monday that the budget bill compromise process had included taking spectrum auctions out of the bill.
"We are pleased that the negotiated debt ceiling bill, to be considered by Congress, does not threaten free and local broadcasting," said NAB president Gordon Smith in a statement. "NAB will continue working with lawmakers on incentive auction legislation that is truly voluntary. Our goal is to ensure that TV stations choosing not to go out of business will be held harmless, and that tens of millions of Americans who enjoy local news, entertainment, sports and life-saving weather warnings from broadcasters will not be penalized."
With the Senate likely exiting for its summer break as soon as the debt ceiling bill is done, it looks like there will be no action on a stand-alone spectrum auction until at least September.