FCC Record, Volume 28, No. 4, Pages 2764 to 3699, March 18 - March 29, 2013 Page: 2,765
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Federal Communications Commission
I. INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY
1. By this Public Notice, the Wireless Telecommunications and Wireline Competition Bureaus
(the Bureaus) announce a reverse auction to award up to $50 million in one-time Tribal Mobility Fund
Phase I support and seek comment on auction procedures and certain related programmatic issues. This
auction is scheduled to begin on October 24, 2013, and is designated as Auction 902.
2. Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I will provide one-time support to deploy mobile voice and
broadband services to unserved Tribal lands, which have significant telecommunications deployment and
connectivity challenges.' Auction 902 will award high-cost universal service support through reverse
competitive bidding, as envisioned by the Commission in the USF/ICC Transformation Order.2 Auction
902 will award one-time support to carriers that commit to provide 3G or better mobile voice and
broadband services on Tribal lands where such services are unavailable,3 based on the bids that will
maximize the population covered by new mobile services without exceeding the budget of $50 million.4
Because the objective of this auction is to maximize the expansion of advanced services with the available
funds, winning bids will generally be those that would achieve the deployment of such services for
relatively lower levels of support.
3. Many of the pre-auction processes and bidding procedures for this auction will be similar to
those used in the Commission's first auction of universal service support, Auction 901,s which were
modeled on those regularly used for the Commission's spectrum license auctions. In Auction 902,
support for Tribal lands generally will be awarded on the same terms and subject to the same rules as
general Mobility Fund Phase I support with a few exceptions tailored to address the unique needs of
communities on Tribal lands.6 Specifically, unlike general Mobility Fund Phase I, for which the number
of "units" in a given unserved census block were calculated according to the number of road miles in that
' Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, A National Broadband Plan for Our Future, GN Docket No. 09-51,
Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers, WC Docket No. 07-135, High-Cost Universal
Service Support, WC Docket No. 05-337, Developing an Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime, CC Docket
No. 01-92, Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, CC Docket No. 96-45, Lifeline and Link-Up, WC
Docket No. 03-109, Universal Service Reform - Mobility Fund, WT Docket No. 10-208, Report and Order and
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 11-161, 26 FCC Red 17663, 17819, para. 481 (2011) (USF/ICC
Transformation Order), pets. for review pending sub nom. In re: FCC 11-161, No. 11-9900 (10th Cir. filed Dec. 8,
2011). The USF/ICC Transformation Order contains a definition of"Tribal lands." Id at 17711, para. 126 n.197.
That definition, as applied to the proposed eligible areas for Auction 902, is discussed below. See section III.A. &
2 USF/ICC Transformation Order, 26 FCC Red at 17818-23, paras. 479-91.
We use the terms "3G," "3G or better," "current generation," and "advanced" interchangeably to refer to mobile
wireless services that provide voice telephony service on networks that also provide services such as Internet access
and email. We refer throughout this Public Notice to "awarding" or "selecting awardees" by auction for simplicity
of expression. As provided by the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 54.1005(b) and 54.1008(a), and discussed
further below, each party that becomes a winning bidder in the auction must file an application for support. Only
after review of the application to confirm compliance with all the applicable requirements will a winning bidder
become authorized to receive support.
4 USF/ICC Transformation Order, 26 FCC Red at 17822, para. 488 (concluding that a population-based metric is
appropriate for the Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I auction).
5 See Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Scheduled for September 27, 2012; Notice and Filing Requirements and Other
Procedures for Auction 901, Public Notice, AU Docket No. 12-25, DA 12-641, 27 FCC Red 4725 (2012) (Auction
901 Procedures Public Notice). Information on Auction 901, including copies of all Auction 901 Public Notices
and auction results, may be found on the Commission's Auction 901 web page at:
* USF/ICC Transformation Order, 26 FCC Red at 17820, 17822, paras. 484, 488.
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