Howard Symons will succeed Jon Sallet as general counsel at the FCC. Sallet is leaving the commission to join the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division as deputy assistant attorney general for litigation.
Howard Symons of the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force says that work is proceeding apace on a computer program that will calculate when stations have to move to their new channels in the TV band repacking that will follow the incentive auction. He promises ample opportunities for broadcasters and other stakeholders to vet the program this summer and suggest changes. What is unlikely to change, however, is the time for completing the entire repack. “At this point, we see no reason that 39 months won’t work.”