Federal Communications Law Journal

Document Type

Special Feature

Publication Date


Publication Citation

51 Federal Communications Law Journal 639 (1999)


The FCC is mandated to distribute wireless licenses quickly, efficiently, and to a diverse group of licensees. This Article examines the social costs and benefits associated with designated entity preference programs implemented in conjunction with FCC license auctions. The Authors focus on the auctions of licenses for Regional Narrowband Personal Communications and Personal Communications Services C block, finding that while the benefits to designated entity applicants are bid away in the auction process, substantial costs to consumers have accrued from lengthy delays in designate entity license assignments.

Forum: New Approaches to Minority Media Ownership, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University.