FCC Gets Ball Rolling On Spectrum Auctions

Law360, New York (September 28, 2012, 7:22 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission on Friday preliminarily approved a plan to buy airwaves from willing television broadcasters and auction them off to support mobile Internet accessed on devices like smartphones and tablets.

The FCC voted 5-0 to put out proposed rules for an “incentive auction,” which has the goal of repurposing airwaves, or spectrum, owned by television broadcasters so it can be used by mobile Internet providers.

The proposal consists of a reverse auction, in which the FCC would pay broadcasters that voluntarily decide to give...
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