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Congress should grant permissive incentive auction authority to the FCC to allow for decisions between bands of spectrum, how to set the reserve price (if any), and how to divide the proceeds between the legacy user and the Treasury.

Congress should grant permissive incentive auction authority to the FCC. Permissive auction authority would allow the FCC to decide which bands of spectrum to offer up, how to set the reserve price (if any),and how to divide the proceeds between the legacy user and the Treasury. Permissive authority will allow the FCC to fine-tune successive auctions (those that follow the one-time TV incentive auction)as necessary in order to obtain the desired result, and obviate the need to go back to Congress time and time again before auctioning additional bands. If the FCC abuses this authority in the future, it’s within the power of Congress to revoke it.