Bid4Spots today unveiled an online marketplace for cable TV advertising using an adaptation of the reverse auction model used to buy and sell last-minute radio airtime. Bid4Spots will host an online reverse auction every Thursday, in which advertisers will make known their intention to buy airtime within certain parameters for the following week, and the relevant cable systems compete for that business. The first auction will be June 11; advertisers and cable systems can sign up for the marketplace at www.Bid4Spots.com.

Bid4Spots has organized a registry of the nation’s local cable TV systems, creating a database designed to match an advertiser’s stated target audience with all the local cable systems that provide that particular audience reach.

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Doubling Down on Robocall Fight

The FCC is continuing its war against robocalls. The Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau issued a public notice and sent letters to major phone companies and third-party developers of call blocking tools to get updated information on their efforts to block unwanted calls to consumers.

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