FCC Releases Agenda on Repack ‘Feasibility’ Workshop
Set for Feb. 21
February 12, 2014
The Federal Communications Commission has
announced the agenda for a workshop on a “feasibility check” model for
repacking TV stations after the 2015 spectrum incentive auction. The commission prefers the use of a feasibility check
rather than optimization to save time during the reverse auction, when
broadcasters name their price going in. The proposal was laid out in a Jan. 9
“Optimization analysis is time-consuming; conducting
it during the course of bidding in the reverse auction would restrict the
commission’s auction design options,” it states.
The workshop, scheduled for Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon EST at FCC
headquarters will focus on “methods of solving a complex
engineering problem: How to quickly assess the feasibility of assigning
channels to a set of television stations in a manner that does not violate
certain technical constraints. The
ability to perform feasibility checks rapidly during each round of bidding will
be necessary if the commission ultimately decides to use a descending clock for
the reverse auction component of the incentive auction,” according to the
Presenters will include Brett Tarnutzer, assistant chief of the FCC’s Wireless
Bureau; and Dr. Kevin Layton-Brown, associate professor of computer science at
the University of British Columbia.
The workshop is open to the public and will be webcast at the FCC’s
Jan. 10, 2014, “
Favors Feasibility Repacking Model
The feds favor “feasibility” over “optimization” in
determining where displaced TV will go after the 2015 spectrum incentive
auction. The commission is arguing for using a feasibility check rather than
optimization to save time during the reverse auction, when broadcasters essentially
name their price going in.
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