On September 30 the Commission released a public notice soliciting comment on a plan for the post-Incentive Auction transition. As you might expect, the plan is complicated and dense with detail – we here in the CommLawBlog are still working our way through it – but the FCC’s initial plan is to get the public’s input on the plan within six weeks. Comments are due by October 31, 2016, replies by November 15. That’s obviously an ambitious timeframe.
And, perhaps in recognition of that, the Commission will be presenting a webinar on the transition plan. Mark your calendars: the webinar is set for October 17, 2016, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (ET). (Scheduling note: The webinar was initially set for October 13, but that would have been a direct conflict with the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society’s Annual Broadcast Symposium, preventing many likely attendees from participating in the FCC’s confab. Smartly, the Commission moved its date.)
If you’re interested in attending the webinar – and anybody who plans to be involved in the post-Auction transition should be – you’ll be able to do so from the comfort of your home or office. It’s going to be streamed live (yes, with open captioning) on the Commission’s website. The slide deck will be available here (click on the “Notices/Guidance” tab) before the webinar cranks up. And you’ll be able to submit questions during the show – just email them to IAtransition@fcc.gov. (But heads up: any communications are subject to the prohibition communications rule, so broadcasters and forward auction applicants should be sure NOT to include anything about their bids or bidding strategies.)
If your dance card is already full for October 17, no problem. A recording of the show will be posted on the FCC’s website.