CLASS A PETITION
WRIT OF MANDAMUS
US COURT OF APPEALS, DC CIRCUIT, COMMANDS THE FCC TO PROMPTLY RULE ON CLASS-A PETITIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION BEFORE THE AUCTION STARTS MARCH 29TH
COURT WANTS ENOUGH TIME FOR THE
CLASS-A's TO SEEK JUDICIAL REVIEW WITH AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MEANINGFUL RELIEF
We expect the FCC to act swiftly on this matter, as the clock is ticking, and the Court of Appeals is the single entity which can stop the auction at this time. From what we have been told, the FCC will indeed act as soon as possible since it needs to make sure enough time is on the clock to either include these 4 Class-A's in the auction, or deny them once again, which means going back to Court.
There are two possible remedies the Court could approve, assuming they agree with the Class-A's. The first is to totally let them in the auction, and for the FCC to redo the national analysis. This is just what they did when they reissued the list of licensees getting opening bids vs those which are qualified. The second is to judge the entities eligible, but only for repacking priority.
We will keep track of this process and report back. This is the first of the legal challenges which will be ruled on this winter related to the auction and Class A, LPTV, and TV translator interests.
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