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McCormack Named to Help Direct Broadband Auction Bucks

Jonathan McCormack has been named deputy director of the FCC's Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force. 

McCormack is an attorney adviser in the FCC's Office of Economics and Analytics. 

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The task force implements the reverse auctions of USF funds for the FCC's high-cost program, which are subsidies for areas too costly to justify a private sector business case for building it out without some help from the government. Those are mostly rural areas. 

That includes both the CAF II fund--the FCC Monday (Dec. 16) handed out more CAF II money to winning bidders--and the proposed $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auctions. 

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.