FCC Releases Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice; Quiet Period Ends April 27 at 6 pm ET

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has released the Incentive Auction Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice. The release of this Public Notice: (1) marks the completion of the reverse and forward auctions and the start of the 39-month post-auction transition period; (2) publicly announces the broadcast television channel reassignments and reallocations of broadcast television spectrum for flexible use made in the repacking process, and (3) provides important information, reminders and details regarding post-auction procedures for successful bidders in the reverse and forward auctions, respectively, and for broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) regarding the post-auction transition.

Appendix B to the Public Notice summarizes forward auction results for each bidder. Appendix C lists, for each forward auction bidder, information about the bidder’s upfront payment and post-auction payments or refund, as applicable. The Public Notice also provides instructions regarding the procedure and form to be used to make post-auction payments and the procedure for requesting post-auction refunds.

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