AOM Not Part of Incentive Auction Framework
Sources confirm allotment optimization model is not part of draft proposal scheduled to be voted by commission Friday
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/24/2012 5:34:43 PM
In fact, that model will not be used for the incentive auctions at all. "The AOM was used for studying repacking in the context of the national broadband plan," said FCC spokesman Neil Grace, "but is not consistent with the requirements of the Spectrum Act. We are in the process of assessing repacking methodologies and at the appropriate time we will be seeking input on various methodologies from stakeholders in an open and transparent manner."
The NPRM, which is still a work in progress and seeks comment from stakeholders, is the official launch of the FCC's effort to reclaim up to 120 MHz of spectrum from broadcasters to auction for its "highest, best use," which is expected to be wireless broadband companies with deep pockets and a desire for more spectrum.
Broadcasters, and others, have been eager to find out just how the FCC planned to accommodate the TV stations who do not give up all their spectrum for auction but instead decide to continue to deliver free, over-the-air TV to the millions of over-the-air-only viewers.
Congress has directed the FCC to make its best efforts to replicate coverage areas and interference protections for the broadcasters who remain in the business, but the legislation sets no benchmarks for meeting that standard.
Broadcasters want the FCC to give them a better idea of just how good those best efforts will be before deciding whether or not to give up spectrum for auction. According to sources, the draft rulemaking suggests broadcasters will retain north of 98% of their coverage areas, the FCC's goal in its repacking of broadcasters in the DTV transition back in 2009.
And how can a broadcaster make any kind of comment to the NPRM if they have no clue how the AOM is going to line up. WE NEED INFORMATION so we can make smart decisions
Amy Brown - 9/25/2012 5:38:48 PM EDT
Unbelievable! Mr Dingell should rip the FCC a new one! Lying cheating Bas$%^ds! Braodcasters WAKE UP! They have been coming for us for years and now the idiots at the FCC think they actually have the plan to wipe out a proud and essential industry, once and for all! How about this, NO AOM NO SPECTRUM AND NO AUCTION! Choke on that FCC!
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)
Bob Johnson - 9/25/2012 5:17:49 PM EDT
Kenn - 9/25/2012 2:48:29 PM EDT
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