With the deadlines for FM Auction 98 now on the books, the Commission has also announced that it will not accept ANY commercial or noncommercial minor mod applications between May 18 and May 28, 2015. That’s the filing window for short form (Form 175) applications for Auction 98.
These freezes are standard operating procedure when it comes to broadcast auctions. The goal is to avoid the creation of any conflicts (unforeseeable or otherwise) with auction proposals that could muck up the auction process. So if you have any intention of filing for a minor mod in the near term, you’d best be sure to get it filed before May 18 or be prepared to cool your heels for ten days until the freeze thaws on May 28.
For more information on the auction itself, see our related posts here.