ii. Identification of Census Blocks Eligible for Tribal Mobility Fund Support
11. In the Auction 902 Comment Public Notice, the Bureaus sought comment on a list of census blocks identified as potentially eligible for Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I support. The Bureaus received numerous comments addressing census block eligibility.
12. In the USF/ICC Transformation Order, the Commission decided to target Mobility Fund Phase I support, including Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I support, to census blocks without 3G or better service at the geometric center of the block, referred to as the centroid (i.e., the internal point latitude/longitude of a census block polygon), and concluded that Mosaik Solutions (Mosaik) data is the best available data source for determining the availability of such service. More specifically, the Commission concluded that it would consider any census block in the 2010 Census as unserved, and thus eligible for support, if an analysis of the Mosaik data indicated that the centroid is not covered by networks using EV-DO, EV-DO Rev A, or UMTS/HSPA or better. In the Auction 902 Comment Public Notice, the Bureaus concluded that
13. The USF/ICC Transformation Order also concluded that population should be the basis for calculating the number of units in each eligible census block for purposes of comparing bids and measuring the performance of Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I support recipients. In particular, the Commission concluded, based on concerns raised by Tribes, that using a population-based metric would provide greater assurance that mobile deployment supported by Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I would focus more directly on population centers.
14. The Bureaus first identified census blocks within Tribal lands using 2010 Census data. The Bureaus proposed to identify Tribal lands in
15. The Bureaus used geographic information system (GIS) software to determine whether the Mosaik data showed 3G or better wireless coverage at the centroid of each block. The Bureaus used ArcGIS software from
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