16. In the Auction 902 Comment Public Notice, the Bureaus sought comment on whether there were any additional census blocks not identified during the Auction 901 challenge process for which, notwithstanding the absence of 3G service, any provider had made a regulatory commitment to provide 3G or better wireless service, or had received a funding commitment from a federal executive department or agency in response to the provider's commitment to provide 3G or better wireless service. The Bureaus did not receive any comments addressing this issue.
17. In the Auction 902 Comment Public Notice, the Bureaus asked commenters identifying census blocks for removal and/or addition to the list of potentially eligible census blocks to provide detailed information in support of their views. The Bureaus noted that in making such determinations for Auction 901, they found demonstrations of coverage to be more credible and convincing where they were supported by maps, discussions of drive tests, explanation of methodologies for determining coverage, and certifications by one or more individuals as to the veracity of the material provided. For Auction 901, the Bureaus did not make changes to potentially eligible areas based on submissions making assertions of coverage without any supporting evidence.
18. In response to the comments the Bureaus received regarding their list of potentially eligible census blocks, they add certain eligible census blocks, for purposes of Auction 902, based on the Commission's definition of "Tribal lands." Specifically, the Bureaus add populated, unserved census blocks in
19. The Bureaus add populated, unserved census blocks in the Alaska Native regions to the updated list of bidding areas and the corresponding list of eligible census blocks that are available on the Auction 902 Web site (http://wireless.fcc.gov/auctions/902/). The Bureaus identify the eligible Tribal lands in
20. The Tribal bidding credit and special ETC provisions are available to entities that are owned or controlled by federally-recognized Alaska Native villages. Specifically, a Tribal entity that is owned or controlled by an Alaska Native village may receive these benefits in eligible areas that are within the boundaries of the Alaska Native village statistical area associated with that village, as well as in eligible areas that are not within any Alaska Native village statistical area but are within the same Alaska Native region as that village. In addition, the Bureaus note that the
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