The commission has gotten down to the cumulative minimum cash-out that broadcasters would accept in order for the auctions process to end and the amount may startle analysts and prospective bidders. The exact number? $86,422,558,704.
Analysts are expecting that bids in the forward auction will only total to about $30 billion.
If the $86 billion clearing target is not met by the end of the forward auction process, the FCC will restart its procedure by assessing how much spectrum will be available, given revised expectations.
The forward auction is expected to begin late in July or early August.