Tuesday Auction Will Shift Spectrum


GavelSome 62 qualifying applicants on August 16 will be bidding in a forward auction that is designed to allow the conversion of broadcast television spectrum into wireless broadband networks.

A July 15 FCC notice confirmed the start of the auction for 10am ET on Tuesday, following practice and mock auctions that commenced yesterday (August 11).

The August 16 forward auction comes after a reverse auction that gave broadcasters the opportunity to divest 126 MHz for some $86 billion, TV Technology reports.

The spectrum up for grabs on Tuesday is split into 10 geographic zones of 10 MHz each. Half is for uplinked data traffic, while the other have is for downlinked traffic.

The remaining MHz will be used for buffer zones.

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.