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Hastings Comm. & Ent. Law Journal Publishes “Right-Sizing Spectrum Auction Licenses: The Case for Smaller Geographic License Areas in the TV Broadcast Incentive Auction”

The Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (COMM/ENT) Vol. 37, 2014-15, publishes “Right-Sizing Auction Licenses: The Case for Smaller Geographic License Areas in the TV Broadcast Incentive Auction. The article was co-authored by Summit Ridge Group President J. Armand Musey and MIT’s Bill Lehr.

This paper explains why sufficiently small geographic areas, such as Cellular Market Areas (“CMAs”), are a more appropriates license territory framework to use to ensure that licenses are right-sized in the TV Broadcast Forward Auction. Industry participants and the FCC have successfully used smaller geographic license sizes to auction spectrum in the past, and doing so in the Forward Auction offers important advantages. Using smaller territories is better than using the larger Economic Areas (“EAs”) or even intermediate-size Partial Economic Areas (“PEAs”) because smaller areas efficiently match the needs of bidders to the spectrum they seek. Their use ensures that the planned auction will reallocate spectrum resources efficiently while promoting competition, economic growth, and universal broadband service.

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