Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the federal agency responsible for America’s communications law and regulations. When space on the electromagnetic spectrum is available, the FCC runs competitive auctions to determine which companies can operate in that spectrum. These auctions have brought in over $200 billion in revenue for the federal government. That’s in large part thanks to Evan Kwerel, who established the first ever competitive auctions to allocate public air waves. He is senior economic advisor in the Office of Economics and Analytics at the FCC and a finalist for the Paul Volcker Career Achievement Award.

  • Kwerel said he lobbied members of Congress in the 1990s to run the auctions and helped apply innovative economic principles to spectrum design.
  • Kwerel said Congress gave the FCC the authority to run spectrum auctions in 1993 after the failed use of hearings, license applications and lotteries.
  • Kwerel said getting buy-in was difficult at first when Democrats opposed auctions but became easier when former President Bill Clinton supported them.
Sponsored Content

Contracting Solutions for a “Yes, and…” World

Watch Contracting Solutions for a “Yes, and…” World on Thursday, August 18th at 8:30 and 10:30 PM on WJLA 24/7 News, sponsored by NCMA
August 2022
Where to Watch
  • Weeknights at 8 PM and 10:30 PM on WJLA 24/7
  • Sunday Mornings at 10:30 AM on 7News
  • AFN American Forces Network
    Worldwide on American Forces Network
Our Brands