Padden Comments on Spectrum Auction

He'll share lessons learned at a presentation tomorrow
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BOULDER, Colo. � Preston Padden, the former News Corp. and Disney-ABC top exec who was intimately involved in the FCC's spectrum auction, says that one of the lessons learned from that first-ever double-sided auction was three of the four major wireless carriers who insisted there was a spectrum crunch/crisis and lobbied hard for the auction essentially didn't show up.

That is according to a planned presentation at a May 12 "lessons learned" event in Washington sponsored by Duke Law.

Padden headed up the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition, which advocated for rules that would make it attractive for stations to participate and maximize their returns.

Padden, now principal of Boulder Thinking, argues that in accommodating the "claimed need" for wireless spectrum, the FCC disadvantaged broadcasters, requiring almost 1,000 stations to move involuntarily as part of the voluntary auction.

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