Next Steps for Auction of TV Broadcast Airwaves to Commercial Carriers [August 15, 2016] [open pdf - 126KB]
"The closing phases of an incentive auction process to license airwaves currently used for television broadcasting begins on August 16, 2016. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established an online dashboard to provide status reports on auction activity. Qualified bidders include Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Comcast. Sprint, the fourth national carrier, will not participate. The proceeds of the auction are expected to pay billions of dollars to broadcasters that relinquish their spectrum holdings and may alter the competitive environment for wireless broadband if new entrants acquire spectrum licenses in the auction. Key requirements for this auction were established by Congress in Title VI (Spectrum Act) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-96)."
CRS Insight, IN10531
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html