Add the FCC’s upcoming Auction 106 to the ever-growing list of cancellations brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. The FCC said Wednesday it is postponing indefinitely the auction of 130 FM station construction permits to protect the health and safety of Commission staff and to allow parties additional time to prepare to participate in the process.
Auction 106 was set to begin Tuesday, April 28. Among the 130 CPs up for grabs were 34 allotments that were offered but not sold during earlier auctions. Among the signals put on hold by the postponement is a Class B station at 107.9 FM, licensed to Sacramento, CA that previously was CHR “107.9 The End” KDND before Entercom surrendered the signal in February 2017 as part of its merger with CBS Radio.
Applicants that submitted upfront payments can get a refund for their deposits by submitting a written request. Details about refunds and additional processes are outlined in a public notice issued Wednesday. A revised schedule will be announced in a future public notice.
“Many Americans have had to make tough decisions on how they do business in this rapidly changing environment, and the FCC is no different,” said Chairman Ajit Pai. “After consulting agency staff within the relevant Bureaus and Offices, we determined that it was in everyone’s best interest to make these changes.”
In addition, the Commission changed the filing window schedule for Auction 105, which involves licenses in the 3550-3650 MHz band.