Among the items broadcasters should be checking off their spectrum auction to-do lists: You have until 6 p.m. ET on Jan. 12, 2016, to complete the Form 177 application. Just as importantly, broadcasters have until the application deadline to complete any business discussions with other broadcasters before the “quiet period” kicks in. If you have not done so already, you should begin collecting the information needed to complete Form 177. And there’s more.
Making things official, the FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget formally approved FCC Form 177 on Nov. 19. And with the publication of that announcement in the Federal Register, the form is now “effective”. Form 177, of course, is the form that TV owners planning on participating in the reverse auction will have to file by Jan. 12, 2016.