TV Auction 112 Procedures and Dates Set

Posted on February 28th, 2022 by

In a February 10th Public Notice, the FCC announced all procedures and deadlines for the upcoming auction of 27 full power television station construction permits.

The first step for interested parties is a critical one – due diligence.  Is a tower available to support the station location?  Can reasonable assurance be obtained for use of an existing tower or for a potential tower site?  What power levels are permissible under the FCC’s rules?  What are the projected population counts?  What potential interference issues are there?  Of the 27 permits, 15 are for VHF channels.  Is it possible to migrate those to UHF?

Any applicant interested in bidding on a permit must first file Form 175 during a filing window that opens on March 17, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. ET and closes on March 30, 2022 at 6:00 pm ET.  This filing requires detailed information about bidding parties and potential bidding credits.

For those applicants whose Form 175 applications are approved as complete, upfront payments via wire transfer are due no later than May 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. ET.  Untimely upfront payments will disqualify an applicant from participation.  The actual auction will begin on June 7, 2022.