FCC Chairman Announces New Spectrum Auction Timeline

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the spectrum incentive auctions—anticipated to start in 2014—will be scheduled to start in mid-2015. Wheeler stated that “Only when our software and systems are technically ready, user friendly, and thoroughly tested, will we start the auction.” The new timeline will allow for thorough testing of the auction’s operating system and the development of procedures for how to conduct the auction. Wheeler was confirmed to this role in late October and assumed the position in November.