FCC Record, Volume 28, No. 4, Pages 2764 to 3699, March 18 - March 29, 2013 Page: 2,766
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block, for Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, the number of units in a given census block will be the
population of that block.7 As described further below, the population-based coverage unit is the basic unit
that will be used to determine the winners in Auction 902 and to measure compliance with the applicable
4. In this Public Notice, we propose and seek comment on:
* Identifying geographic areas eligible for support;
* Determining the basic auction design, whether and how to aggregate eligible areas for
bidding, and how awardees will be selected; and
* Establishing certain other bidding procedures, including information disclosure
procedures and methodologies for calculating auction and performance default
The Bureaus will announce final procedures and other important information such as application
deadlines and other dates related to Auction 902 after considering comments provided in response to this
Public Notice, pursuant to governing statutes and Commission rules.
5. In the USF/ICC Transformation Order, the Commission comprehensively reformed and
modernized the universal service system to help ensure the universal availability of fixed and mobile
communication networks capable of providing voice and broadband services where people live, work,
and travel. The Commission's universal service reforms include a commitment to fiscal responsibility,
accountability, and the use of market-based mechanisms, such as competitive bidding, to provide more
targeted and efficient support than in the past. For the first time, the Commission established a universal
service support mechanism dedicated exclusively to mobile services-the Mobility Fund.
6. Pursuant to the USF/ICC Transformation Order, the Commission conducted the first
Mobility Fund Phase I auction, Auction 901, on September 27, 2012. Auction 901 offered $300 million
in one-time high-cost universal service support to carriers that committed to provide 3G or better mobile
voice and broadband services in areas nationwide where such services were unavailable.8 There were 33
winning bidders that submitted winning bids for a total of $299,998,632 in one-time Mobility Fund
Phase I universal service support to provide 3G or better mobile voice and broadband services covering
up to 83,494 road miles located in 31 states and I territory.9
7. Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I will provide up to $50 million in one-time support to address
gaps in mobile services by supporting the build-out of current- and next-generation mobile networks on
Tribal lands where these networks are unavailable.'0 This support will be awarded by reverse auction
with the objective of maximizing the population covered in eligible unserved areas on Tribal lands within
the established budget." The support offered under Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I is in addition to any
ongoing support provided under existing high-cost universal service program mechanisms. Phase II of
7 d. at 17822, para. 488. Throughout this Public Notice, the term "per-pop" means per population (or per person)
within a given geographic area.
sSee id. at 17773, para. 299.
9 Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Closes; Winning Bidders Announced for Auction 901, Public Notice, AU Docket
No. 12-25, DA 12-1566, 27 FCC Red 12031 (2012) (Auction 901 Closing Public Notice).
to USF/1CC Transformation Order, 26 FCC Red at 17819-22, paras. 481-88.
" See id. at 17781-83, 17822, paras. 322-28, 488. We refer to areas without 3G or better services and the population
within them as "unserved." The unserved areas eligible for Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I will be determined as
described below in section III.
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