FCC Plans to Kick Off Fourth Round of Auction Bidding Jan. 18


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The next round of bidding for wireless airwaves licenses is expected to kick off Jan. 18, according to a Jan. 10 announcement from the Federal Communications Commission.

The big question among auction watchers is whether this round will be where demand finally matches – or surpasses – supply. Broadcasters are relinquishing their airwaves to the FCC in exchange for a portion of the bids that wireless, cable, satellite and other bidders are placing on new licenses for wireless broadband services.

The FCC is expected to wrap up the first half of its fourth stage of reverse auction bidding – the broadcaster portion – by Jan. 13. That will set the new clearing target that bidders in the forward auction will have to meet or exceed for the FCC to close the auction.