Court Rejects FAB Spectrum Auction Challenge

A D.C. federal appeals court has denied a challenge to the FCC’s spectrum auction, saying it did not even warrant a published opinion because the challengers had no standing to bring the challenge.

In oral argument May 5, Free Access & Broadcast (FAB) Telemedia had spent much of its time trying to convince the court it had standing.

It does not own LPTVs but instead options to purchase the stations. The judges seemed to indicate at the time that FAB might fall under the shareholder exemption from being able to bring such a suit, but FAB argued that was a narrow exemption and should not extend to it.

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Photo via walknboston’s Flickr. Image taken on June, 28, 2015 and used per Creative Commons 2.0 license.

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