The schedule for the federal incentive auction of broadcast spectrum can't be delayed to allow for the finalization of the ATSC 3.0 standard, according to Bill Lake, the Federal Communications Commission's Media Bureau chief. The FCC wants to complete the auction and repacking within 18 months, but with Congress providing a 10-year window for the sale, broadcasters are questioning the rush. "To simply pound down the stake and say here's the date may not work for the benefit of Americans," said Mark Aitken, vice president of advanced technology for Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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