On May 2, 2012, the FCC released the procedures for the Mobility
Fund Phase I Auction (Auction 901), which is currently scheduled
for September 27, 2012. Among the key items contained in the
Potential participants must submit short-form applications
between June 27 and July 11, 2012 in order to participate in the
The Auction itself will be held September 27, 2012 and
conducted over the Internet via electronic bidding.
Bidding will be conducted based on predefined Census tracts
(i.e., aggregated census blocks). State-by-state lists of tracts
and an interactive map are available at the Auction 901 website.
Winners must be prepared to cover 75% of road miles in each
supported area with voice service and either 3G service within two
years or 4G service within three years (whichever is
In the procedures, the FCC established additional road
categories, which now include primary roads, secondary roads, local
and rural roads, vehicular trails, service drives, and private
The auction will be conducted in a single round, and bidders
will be required to submit sealed bids.
Tribally-owned or Controlled Providers will receive a 25%
reverse bidding credit for census blocks located within the
boundaries of associated Tribal lands;
Parties owing debts to the Commission will not be permitted to
participate in the auction;
The procedures also establish: (a) reporting and record
retention requirements for winning parties, (b) letter of credit
requirements; (c) penalties in case of default; and (d) tower
collocation and roaming obligations.
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