WEBCAST TODAY: CITI – The @FCC’s Incentive Auction: Lessons Learned

CITI Today Thursday October 12th 2017 at 3:30pm ET the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information presents an online conference The FCC’s Incentive Auction: Lessons Learned.


The Incentive Auction is the most complex spectrum auction ever conducted It successively cleared 84 MHz of TV spectrum and re-allocated 70 MHz for mobile services. However, it also took approximately 4 years to design and bidding last 1 year and 1 day. Repacking of the cleared spectrum will take over 39 months before the spectrum will become fully available for the winning bidders. On the TV side, single entities owned multiple stations in many markets. In addition, the pricing algorithm left many anomalies. On the buy side, only one of the four national mobile operators entered any bids after the first stage, and only of the two smaller operators, with limited low-band holdings ex ante was successful in closing the gap with the stronger rivals.
This conference addresses how well the auction achieved its policy goals. What may be improved? Should the FCC or other countries try to run two sided auctions again to clear spectrum for re-purposing.

Speakers include Eli Noam, Paul Garrett Chair in Public Policy and Business Responsibility, Columbia University; David Salant, Visiting Professor, Toulouse School of Economics; Jon Peha, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; and Greg Rosston, Director of the Public Policy Program, Stanford University. The event will be webcast live on the Internet Society’s Livestream Channel.

View on Livestream: https://livestream.com/internetsociety/fccauction

Twitter: http://bit.ly/incentiveauction

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