Wheeler Makes Senior Staff Appointments

The new FCC chairman appoints Shannon Gilson, communications director and head of the Office of Media Relations; Jonathan Chambers, chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis; Gary Epstein, special adviser to the chairman on incentive auctions; and John Leibovitz, special adviser to the chairman for spectrum policy.


But What If FCC’s Incentive Auction Flops?

Because the FCC’s planned spectrum incentive auction requires the cooperation of at least some large-market broadcasters, and it’s unclear whether enough will agree, there are market-based alternatives to the auction being talked about quietly in Washington that may be more lucrative for broadcasters. There is also risk that the government could take spectrum without giving broadcasters any compensation.


FCC Taps Epstein For Auction Task Force

Gary Epstein returns to the FCC as senior adviser to the chairman and co-lead with Ruth Milkman of the commission’s Incentive Auction Task Force.