04.15.2011 12:00 PM
FCC Extends Incentive Auction Comment Deadline
Federal Communications Commission today granted broadcasters a seven-day
extension on the spectrum reassignment docket, No. 10-235. The original deadline for reply
comments on a proposal to repurpose broadcast spectrum for broadband was
Monday, April 18. A slew of broadcasters noted they would just be getting back
from the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas and
digging out from piles of paperwork.
“Many broadcasters, their counsel, and other interested parties, attended the
NAB Show,” the FCC’s order
said. “In addition, FCC staff and commissioners also attended the NAB Show and
made public presentations regarding incentive auctions, among other matters
related to this proceeding. The
requestors assert that they need the opportunity to address in their reply
comments matters that they learned from these presentations.”
The commission agreed, moving the reply comment deadline to Monday, April 25.
LIN TV, Media General, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune filed for the
“The requested extension is in the public interest because it will allow the
FCC to assess fully the consequences of the NPRM with a more comprehensive
legal and factual record,” their joint filing said.
~ Deborah D. McAdams