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Table of Contents - April 15, 2015

Wheeler Tells NAB That FCC Gets the Message to Keep Incentive Auction Rules Simple

LAS VEGAS - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said April 15 that interest among TV broadcasters in the FCC's incentive auction "has gained significant momentum," in part due to the agency's record results from its AWS (advanced wireless services)-3 sale, and he assured broadcasters that the Commission has heard their call to keep the incentive auction rules simple. He also said the agency is still on track to commence the sale in early 2016 and he announced the circulation of a draft order to provide broadcasters more flexibility to share channels and still get revenues from the auction.

The Chairman also touted what he said are the benefits to broadcasters of the agency's open Internet order and he reiterated his defense of a proposal to close the majority of the FCC's field offices.

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2015 NAB Show: NAB's Smith Says TV Broadcasters 'Seriously' Considering Incentive Auction

LAS VEGAS - National Association of Broadcasters President and Chief Executive Officer Gordon Smith said April 13 that in the wake of the FCC's AWS (advanced wireless services)-3 auction, "many broadcasters have begun to look more seriously at the possibility of participating in the upcoming incentive auction."

But Mr. Smith emphasized during his State of the Industry speech at the 2015 NAB Show here that the FCC must get "the auction rules right" if broadcasters are to participate. The AWS-3 sale garnered $44.9 billion in gross revenues.

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