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FCC Postpones FM Auction 106

It had been scheduled for late April

An auction of FM construction permits that had been planned for late April is now postponed.

The Federal Communications Commission said Auction 106 will be put off indefinitely.

[Read: FCC Bars Visitors from Facilities Due to Coronavirus]

Office of Managing Director may grant special permission for those with operational necessity

“Auction 106 applicants that submitted upfront payments may obtain a refund of those deposits after submitting a written request,” it stated. Details are in a public notice.

The auction, whenever it’s held, will offer 130 CPs including 34 that were available from prior auctions.

According to prior reporting on the CommLawBlog, these are channels formerly occupied by stations that lost or cancelled their licenses, channels sold to bidders who failed to pay their bids, channels that were offered but drew no bidders, and channels that have never been opened up to applications.