143. We propose that the spectrum leasing policies and rules established in those proceedings be applied to the AWS-3 in the same manner that those policies apply to other part 27 services. We seek comment on this proposal. Commenters should discuss the effects on competition, innovation and investment, and on extending our secondary spectrum leasing policies and rules to the AWS-3 band.
144. Other Operating Requirements: Even though licenses in the AWS-3 band may be issued pursuant to one rule part, licensees in this band may be required to comply with rules contained in other parts of the Commission's rules by virtue of the particular services they provide. For example:
* Applicants and licensees may be subject to the application filing procedures for the Universal Licensing System, set forth in part 1 of our rules.
* Licensees may be required to comply with the practices and procedures listed in part 1 of our rules for license applications, petitions for declaratory ruling under section 310(b), adjudicatory proceedings, etc.
* Licensees may be required to comply with the Commission's environmental provisions, including
* Licensees may be required to comply with the antenna structure provisions of part 17 of our rules.
* To the extent a licensee provides a Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS), we propose that such service would be subject to the provisions of part 20 of the Commission's rules, including 911/E911 and hearing aid-compatibility requirements, along with the provisions in the rule part under which the license was issued. Part 20 applies to all CMRS providers, even though the stations may be licensed under other parts of our rules.
* To the extent a licensee provides interconnected VoIP services, we propose that the licensee would be subject to the E911 service requirements set forth in Part 9 of our rules.
145. The application of general provisions of parts 22, 24, 27, or 101 would include rules related to equal employment opportunity, etc.
146. We seek comment on whether these provisions should apply to AWS-3 licensees and, if so, whether we need to modify any of these rules to ensure that AWS-3 licensees are covered under the necessary provisions. We seek comment on applying these rules to the AWS-3 spectrum and specifically on any rules that would be affected by our proposal to apply elements of the framework of these parts, whether separately or in conjunction with other requirements. What are the potential problems that may be associated with the Commission's adoption of any of these potential requirements, and how do they compare to the potential benefits?
147. Facilitating Access to Spectrum and the Provision of Service to Tribal Lands. The Commission currently has under consideration various provisions and policies intended to promote greater use of spectrum over Tribal lands. We propose to extend any rules and policies adopted in that proceeding to any license that may be issued through competitive bidding in this proceeding. We seek comment on this proposal, including any costs and benefits.
148. Competitive Bidding Procedures. As discussed above, the Spectrum Act requires the Commission to grant new initial licenses for the use of spectrum in certain specified frequency bands through a system of competitive bidding. We will therefore assign licenses in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands through competitive bidding. In addition, because we propose to license the 2020-2025 MHz band on a geographic area basis, which procedure will permit the acceptance of mutually exclusive applications, we will also resolve such applications through competitive bidding consistent with our statutory mandate. Accordingly, we seek comment on a number of proposals relating to competitive bidding for licenses for spectrum in these bands. We also note below that we have recently amended our rules to require an additional certification that will be required of applicants in any short-form application to participate in competitive bidding for licenses in certain AWS-3 bands at issue herein.
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