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FCC Auction Results Reveal No Participation From Verizon

NAB concerned about effects on FM broadcast

WASHINGTON � On April 13, the FCC published the closing results of the broadcast incentive auction.

Competitive carriers and new entrants like T-Mobile, Comcast and Dish Network secured most of the newly freed-up spectrum, while broadcasters secured $10 billion in compensation out of total auction revenues of $19.8 billion, according to The auction freed up 84 MHz of spectrum nationwide, including 14 MHz for use by wireless microphones and unlicensed technologies.

One surprise from the results of the auction�was the complete lack of participation by Verizon. The company won�t be able to augment its current coverage with the low-band 600 MHz licenses that are effective in covering large areas and providing indoor coverage.

Verizon has been moving towards the use of C-RAN network architecture and small cell deployments, two- and three-carrier aggregation, MIMO and LTE-Unlicensed technology, all of which make for more efficient use of spectrum the company already controls, according to Verizon�s leadership clearly believes the carrier doesn�t need low-band spectrum, but could still participate in mergers and acquisitions that are likely to get underway later this month, following the end of the FCC�s auction quiet period, according to the same article.

The National Association of Broadcastershas expressed its concerns about how FM radio might be negatively affected during the transition period.�

�NAB congratulates the Commission and its staff on bringing the TV auction to a successful conclusion. While today marks a major milestone, the work is far from over. Now the FCC and the broadcast industry face the unprecedented task of moving almost a thousand TV stations � far more than originally anticipated � to new channels in very tight time frames,� said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. �”NAB also remains concerned about the impact of the auction on hundreds of radio stations co-located on television towers. We look forward to working with the FCC and Congress to develop a balanced approach to repacking that is fair to all stakeholders, most importantly our tens of millions of TV viewers and radio listeners.�