NAB Sues FCC Over Incentive Auction

Says FCC Auction Methodology Move Was Illegal
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The National Association of Broadcasters has challenged the FCC's broadcast incentive auction in a D.C. federal appeals court, saying that its auction framework "violates the Spectrum Act; (2) is arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion under the Administrative Procedure Act."

NAB's primary beef is with how the FCC is proposing to predict TV station coverage areas, which it says could result in significant viewership loss. The NAB says that the FCC changed the methodology (the OET-69 bulletin) in contravention of the statute.

"We are confident that the Report and Order fulfills the mandates established by Congress on this complex matter," said an FCC spokesperson.

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