FCC Lifts Quiet Period for Broadcasters

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the FCC lifted the quiet period and enabled broadcasters who participated in the incentive auction to talk freely and negotiate among themselves to buy or sell their stations.

In January of 2016, the FCC imposed the gag order to prevent broadcasters from colluding before or during the reverse auction bidding. The FCC stated that the prohibition is no longer necessary as the reverse auction part of the spectrum auction is now closed. “Broadcasters are free to negotiate assignments or transfers of broadcast licenses or other transactions involving a transfer of control of a licensee that has been involved in the reverse auction,” the FCC said in a public notice. The quiet period is still in effect for wireless carriers bidding for spectrum in the forward auction.

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