145. Bids will be assigned a random selection number that will be used to determine the ranking of tied bids. If there are any identical bids--in the same per-pop amounts to cover the same block, submitted by different bidders--only the bid with the highest random selection number will be considered in the ranking. Tied bids for different areas, submitted by the same or different bidders, will be considered for support in the order of the random number. Bidders that submit multiple bids for the same per-pop amount for different areas, but that have a preference for the order in which the Bureaus consider such bids, may wish to vary the per-pop bid by some small amount in order to indicate a preferential ranking of the tied bids that otherwise will be ranked randomly.
iv. Limited Information Disclosure Procedures: Information Available to Bidders Before and During the Auction
146. The Bureaus will conduct Auction 902 using procedures for limited information disclosure. That is, for Auction 902, the Bureaus will withhold, until after the close of bidding and announcement of auction results, the public release of (1) information from applicants' short-form applications regarding their interests in bidding areas in particular Tribal lands and (2) information that may reveal the identities of bidders placing bids and taking other bidding-related actions. Because the Bureaus will conduct Auction 902 using a single round of bidding, they do not anticipate a need to release bidding-related actions during the auction as they would in a multiple-round auction. If such circumstances arise prior to the release of non-public information and auction results, however, the Bureaus will not indicate the identity of any bidders taking such actions. After the close of bidding, information regarding applicants' interests in eligible areas in particular Tribal lands, their bids, and any other bidding-related actions and information will be made publicly available.
v. Auction Delay, Suspension, or Cancellation
147. In the Auction 902 Comment Public Notice, the Bureaus proposed that, by public notice or by announcement during the auction, they may delay, suspend, or cancel the auction in the event of natural disaster, technical obstacle, administrative or weather necessity, evidence of an auction security breach or unlawful bidding activity, or for any other reason that affects the fair and efficient conduct of competitive bidding. The Bureaus received no comments on this issue.
148. Because this approach has proven effective in resolving exigent circumstances in previous auctions, the Bureaus adopt these proposals regarding auction delay, suspension, or cancellation. By public notice or by announcement during the auction, the Bureaus may delay, suspend, or cancel the auction in the event of natural disaster, technical obstacle, administrative or weather necessity, evidence of an auction security breach or unlawful bidding activity, or for any other reason that affects the fair and efficient conduct of competitive bidding. In such cases, the Bureaus, in their sole discretion, may elect to resume the auction starting from the point at which the auction was suspended, or cancel the auction in its entirety. Network interruption may cause the Bureaus to delay or suspend the auction. The Bureaus emphasize that they will exercise this authority solely at their discretion.
B. Bidding Procedures
149. All bidding will take place through the web-based FCC Auction System. To place bids a bidder will upload a text file that includes, for each bid, the bidding area name and the bid amount, expressed in a dollars per-pop price to cover the population in the eligible census blocks of that bidding area. When a bidder uploads a bid file, the FCC Auction System will provide a verification that includes the bidding area names, the dollars per-pop bid for each bidding area, the population in each bidding area, the total bid amount for each bidding area, and the county, state, and Tribal land for each bidding area. The bidder then submits the bids, or the bidder can cancel the bids if it wishes to make changes.
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