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FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai calls the agreement between the biggest wireless companies and the broadcast incumbents over the Incentive Auction band plan a ‘consensus,’ ignoring objections from consumers and competitors. But an auction designed by the biggest incumbents will be a disaster for everyone, and a ‘consensus’ of incumbents that ignores consumers is no consensus for an FCC Commissioner.
Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireless Bureau issued what should have been a fairly routine and highly technical Public Notice about possible alternative band plans for the 600 MHz Auction aka the Incentive Auction.
This could also be called “that incredibly crazy, complicated deal Congress came up with last year where broadcasters sell back spectrum licenses to the FCC so the FCC can sell them to wireless companies.”
Since public comment makes it clear that the various proposals present a lot of challenges (see my incredibly long and wonky explanation here), it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Wireless Bureau asked for further comment after holding a band plan workshop a few weeks ago.