Implementation of Competitive Bidding for Commercial Broadcast and Instructional Television Fixed Service Licenses

OGC-98-76: Published: Sep 28, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 28, 1998.


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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on the implementation of competitive bidding for commercial broadcast and instructional television fixed service licenses. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would adopt procedures for auctioning pending and future mutually exclusive applications for construction permits in the various commercial broadcast services and determines that competing instructional television fixed service applications are subject to auction; (2) it also would adopt procedures for resolving pending broadcast comparative renewal cases, in which the FCC is not authorized to use auctions; (3) the rule would adopt a tiered new entrant bidding credit for entities with controlling interests in either, no, or less than four other media entities; and (4) FCC complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

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