FCC Announces Results Of World’s First Broadcast Incentive Auction

Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced the closing of the broadcast incentive auction, which created a first-of-its kind market for repurposing valuable broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use. At $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70MHz of spectrum, the incentive auction is among the highest grossing auctions ever conducted by the FCC. The Commission now commences a 39-month transition period to move broadcast stations to new channel assignments. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said, “The conclusion of the world’s first incentive auction is a major milestone in the FCC’s long history as steward of the nation’s airwaves. Consumers are the real beneficiaries, as broadcasters invest new resources in programming and service, and additional wireless spectrum opens the way to greater competition and innovation in the mobile broadband marketplace.”

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Press Release [287 KB PDF]
Public Notice [498 KB PDF]
Fact Sheet [89 KB PDF]
Statement from Chairman Pai [265 KB PDF]
Statement from Commissioner O'Rielly [243 KB PDF]
Appendix A [36 KB PDF]
Appendix B [22 KB PDF]
Appendix C [25 KB PDF]