FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ET AL. v. RADIOFONE, INC.
ON APPLICATION TO VACATE STAY
No. A-368 October 25, 1995
MEMORANDUM OF JUSTICE STEVENS.
The Federal Communications Commission has applied to me in my capacity as Circuit Justice for the Sixth Circuit to vacate a stay entered by the Court of Appeals on October 18, 1995. The stay prevented the FCC from taking any action in furtherance of a nationwide auction of a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Apparently, the Court of Appeals feared that completion of the auction would moot a challenge pending before it to FCC regulations that prevent the respondent from bidding for three of the 493 licenses available. I am persuaded, however, that allowing the national auction to go forward will not defeat the power of the Court of Appeals to grant appropriate relief in the event that the respondent overcomes the presumption of validity that supports the FCC regulations and prevails on the merits. I am also persuaded that the harm to the public caused by a nationwide postponement of the auction would outweigh the possible harm to respondent. I should point out that because the respondent has not filed an opposition to the application, my opinion is based on the factual representations in the FCC's papers.
Accordingly, the application to vacate the stay is GRANTED. [FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION v. RADIOFONE, INC., ___ U.S. ___ (1995) , 1]