The Commission released a Public Notice outlining the filing and application instructions for Form 177.  Broadcast licensees must file FCC Form 177 to be eligible for participation in the reverse auction by 6:00 p.m. ET on January 12, 2016.

The applicant on the FCC Form 177 application must be the broadcast television licensee of the eligible television station facility or facilities whose spectrum usage rights would be relinquished if it becomes a winning bidder. In general, the application requires information or responses concerning the following:  (1) Applicant Information, (2) Station Selection, (3) Ownership, (4) Summary, and (5) Certify & Submit.  Specific filing instructions can be found in Attachment 1 to the Public Notice.  Additionally, Attachments 2 and 3 to the Public Notice provide the templates for the certification by prospective channel sharer(s) that a reverse auction applicant-share must provide when submitting a channel sharing agreement in an application.

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