After chugging along with per-round bid total boosts in the $20 million range for many days, round 20 of stage four of the forward portion of the FCC spectrum auction saw a big jump of about $75 million.
The round 20 total was $18,791,387, up from $18,715,312,391 in round 19.
The auction has already met its two key clearing targets and broadcasters already know how much they are getting: About $10 billion, so the auction will end at the end of the current forward auction stage.
But the auction can't close until there is no more bidding in any of the 416 markets. There continues to be demand in smaller markets. In Harrisonburg, Va., for instance, there were bids on 16 blocks, with only seven available, and bids on 18 blocks in Guam for seven available blocks.
There was also activity in market 10, Houston, where there were five blocks bid on and only four available.
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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.