Rural Carriers Challenge Incentive Auction Bidding Eligibility Rule

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A coalition of rural and independent and telephone and wireless service providers has filed a Petition for Reconsideration of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Incentive Auction (Auction 1000) Bidding Procedures Public Notice insofar as it: (1) requires small businesses and rural service providers participating in the forward auction to be active on at least 95% of their total eligibility from the start of the auction; and (2) does not provide these bidders with any activity rule waivers. The coalition is concerned that requiring small bidders to use at least 95% of their bidding eligibility willunnecessarily limit the ability of small and rural carriers to pursue alternative bidding strategies as bidding in their markets of interest develops.  Oppositions to the petitions must be filed with the FCC by December 16 and replies to an opposition by December 28, 2015.

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