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Table of Contents - October 24, 2014

Commission Announces Delay Of Incentive Auction To Early 2016

The FCC announced today that it plans to delay its incentive auction until early 2016, from the previous date of mid-2015, citing legal challenges to the incentive auction order it adopted in May (TRDaily, May 15).

"As Chairman [Tom] Wheeler indicated several weeks ago, the court challenges to the auction rules by some broadcasters have introduced uncertainty. Earlier this week, the court issued a briefing schedule in which the final briefs are not due until late January 2015. Oral arguments will follow at a later date yet to be determined, with a decision not likely until mid-2015," Gary Epstein, chair of the Incentive Auction Task Force, said in a blog posting this afternoon.


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