LINK: Sources Say FCC Is Dropping Dynamic Reserve Pricing
DRP was an obstacle for many
June 17, 2015
to a source familiar with meetings Wednesday (June 17)
between various spectrum auction stakeholders and FCC staffers, the FCC
plans to drop dynamic reserve pricing, an approach to TV station
pricing in the incentive auction that broadcasters had argued would
artificially lower their payouts.
The FCC is also planning to stick with 30 MHz in the spectrum reserve
for competitive carriers in the forward auction, rather than the 40 MHz
some—notably T-Mobile—had been pushing for.
It will vote on the auction structure rulemaking proposal, as well as
the spectrum holdings public notice, at the July 16 public meeting.
Broadcasters have also been given the signal that they will get more
information about the auction within rounds, with the FCC letting them
know how close they are to reaching the FCC’s final price for their
spectrum. (See the rest of John Eggerton's story at B&C.)