First Confidential Status Letters advising of potentially fatal incompleteness flaws have been sent to would-be reverse auction applicants; Deadline for corrections: February 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (ET)
If you’re a TV licensee who submitted an application to participate in the upcoming reverse auction component of the Incentive Auction, you should be checking your mail box regularly for the next couple of days. The Incentive Auction Task Force has announced that, on Friday, February 12, it sent out a First Confidential Status Letter (First CSL) to each applicant. When you receive your First CSL, be sure to review it carefully. If you don’t, you could be risking your ability to participate in the auction.
According to the Task Force’s public notice, the First CSL includes “information on the status of [the addressee’s] application as well as the status of each station that it selected”. These assessments are based on the staff’s initial review of all applications filed last month.
Ideally, your letter will confirm that your application is complete in all respects, including all information about each station that you have put into the auction. However, it may indicate that either the application, or the showing relative to one or more specific stations, is lacking. Lacking how? The Task Force’s announcement doesn’t say, but we heard a rumor that the First CSL will provide little or no detail about any incompleteness found by the FCC’s staff, so don’t be surprised if the First CSL is not as informative as you might prefer. Whatever may be the case, we’ll all find out soon enough.
If your First CSL says that your application is incomplete in some way, you will have until 6:00 p.m. (ET) on February 26, 2016 to fix whatever problem there might be. This will be the only opportunity to fix incomplete applications; late submissions will not be accepted. Continue Reading