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1 Auction 78 Seminar Advanced Wireless Service (AWS-1) Technical Issues, Due Diligence and Licensing Parameters John Spencer Attorney Broadband Division, WTB

2 Disclaimer Nothing herein is intended to supersede any provision of the Commission's rules or public notices.Nothing herein is intended to supersede any provision of the Commission's rules or public notices. These slides should not be used as a substitute for a prospective applicant’s review of the Commission’s relevant orders, rules, and public notices.These slides should not be used as a substitute for a prospective applicant’s review of the Commission’s relevant orders, rules, and public notices. Prospective applicants must familiarize themselves thoroughly and remain current with the Commission's rules, Orders, and Public Notices relating to the Advanced Wireless and Broadband Personal Communication Services, rules relating to application and auction procedures, and the procedures, terms and conditions contained in the Auction 78 public notices.Prospective applicants must familiarize themselves thoroughly and remain current with the Commission's rules, Orders, and Public Notices relating to the Advanced Wireless and Broadband Personal Communication Services, rules relating to application and auction procedures, and the procedures, terms and conditions contained in the Auction 78 public notices.

3 Topics Description of AWS-1 licensesDescription of AWS-1 licenses AWS technical rulesAWS technical rules –Incumbents & band clearance AWS licensing & operating rulesAWS licensing & operating rules Overview of auction process & bidding creditsOverview of auction process & bidding credits Due diligenceDue diligence Key reference sourcesKey reference sources

4 AWS-1 Licenses Mobile band: Base band: Mobile band: Base band: MHz MHz MHz MHz

5 AWS-1 Licenses Licenses Licenses Blk Pairings (MHz)AmtArea Total Auc 78 A x10CMA A x10CMA B x10EA 176 4B x10EA C x5EA 176 3C x5EA D x5REAG 12 2D x5REAG 12 2 E x5REAG 12 1E x5REAG 12 1 F x10REAG 12 3F x10REAG 12 3

6 AWS Technical Rules & Protection Requirements Technical rules (Part 27, Subparts C & L)Technical rules (Part 27, Subparts C & L) –Power & antenna height limits –Equipment authorization requirements –RF safety requirements –Protection requirements Emission limitsEmission limits Signal strength limitsSignal strength limits International bordersInternational borders Radioastronomy Quiet ZonesRadioastronomy Quiet Zones

7 AWS Protection Requirements: Incumbents Government incumbents must be protectedGovernment incumbents must be protected Non-Government incumbents must be protectedNon-Government incumbents must be protected Incumbents are not required to protect new AWS servicesIncumbents are not required to protect new AWS services

8 Relocation & Protection of Federal Government Incumbents Federal Government incumbents in MHz bandFederal Government incumbents in MHz band –See reports/specrelo/index.htm Relocation reimbursement through proceeds from AWS auctionsRelocation reimbursement through proceeds from AWS auctions Incumbents are protected until relocatedIncumbents are protected until relocated –Some Government incumbents will remain indefinitely

9 Relocation & Protection of Other Incumbents Non-Government incumbents in MHz bandNon-Government incumbents in MHz band –See Reimbursement by new AWS licenseesReimbursement by new AWS licensees –See Part 27, Subpart L of Commission’s rules Incumbents are protected until relocatedIncumbents are protected until relocated

10 AWS Licensing & Operating Rules Part 27, Subparts A, B & LPart 27, Subparts A, B & L Flexible useFlexible use Foreign ownershipForeign ownership License termsLicense terms Performance requirement & license renewalPerformance requirement & license renewal Other requirementsOther requirements

11 Bidding Credits Designated entity bidding creditsDesignated entity bidding credits –Available to small businesses & very small businesses –See section of Commission’s rules Tribal lands bidding creditsTribal lands bidding credits –See sections (e) & (f) of Commission’s rules

12 Post-Auction Process Overview Bidding endsBidding ends FCC releases auction closing noticeFCC releases auction closing notice 10 business days after auction closing notice – Long-form applications & down payments due10 business days after auction closing notice – Long-form applications & down payments due 10 business days after down payments due – Final payments due10 business days after down payments due – Final payments due

13 Due Diligence Applicant responsibility. Applicants should perform their individual due diligence before proceeding, as they would with any new business venture. Applicants are solely responsible for identifying associated risks and for investigating and evaluating the degree to which such matters may affect their ability to bid on, otherwise acquire, or make use of licenses available in the Auction.Applicant responsibility. Applicants should perform their individual due diligence before proceeding, as they would with any new business venture. Applicants are solely responsible for identifying associated risks and for investigating and evaluating the degree to which such matters may affect their ability to bid on, otherwise acquire, or make use of licenses available in the Auction.

14 Due Diligence Pending proceedings. Applicants should also be aware that certain pending and future applications (including those for modification), petitions for rulemaking, requests for special temporary authority, waiver requests, petitions to deny, petitions for reconsideration, informal oppositions, and applications for review before the Commission may relate to particular applicants or incumbent licensees or the licenses available in this auction.Pending proceedings. Applicants should also be aware that certain pending and future applications (including those for modification), petitions for rulemaking, requests for special temporary authority, waiver requests, petitions to deny, petitions for reconsideration, informal oppositions, and applications for review before the Commission may relate to particular applicants or incumbent licensees or the licenses available in this auction. In addition, pending and future judicial proceedings may relate to particular applicants or incumbent licensees, or the licenses available in the auction.In addition, pending and future judicial proceedings may relate to particular applicants or incumbent licensees, or the licenses available in the auction. Applicants are responsible for assessing the likelihood of the various possible outcomes, and considering their potential impact on spectrum licenses available in this auction.Applicants are responsible for assessing the likelihood of the various possible outcomes, and considering their potential impact on spectrum licenses available in this auction.

15 References Auction Procedures Public Notice Public Notice DA May 16, 2008

16 References FCC home pageFCC home page –http://www.fcc.gov WTB AWS websiteWTB AWS website –http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/aws Auction 78 websiteAuction 78 website –http://wireless.fcc.gov/auctions/78 –Also see

17 References FCC Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS)FCC Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS) –http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public FCC Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS)FCC Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) –http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs

18 References NTIA 1710 MHz relocation websiteNTIA 1710 MHz relocation website –http://www.ntia.doc.gov/osmhome/reports/ specrelo/index.htm Universal Licensing System websiteUniversal Licensing System website –http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls National Archives & Records Administration website for FCC rulesNational Archives & Records Administration website for FCC rules –http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table- search.html search.htmlhttp://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table- search.html Look under Title 47, TelecommunicationLook under Title 47, Telecommunication

19 Questions? Legal or technical questions about AWSLegal or technical questions about AWS –John Spencer, Legal auction questionsLegal auction questions –Scott Mackoul or Stephen Johnson, General auction questionsGeneral auction questions –Lisa Stover, ULS or licensing questionsULS or licensing questions –Beth Fishel,


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