31. The Bureaus further conclude that they should not deviate from their proposal to use Census data as the basis for limiting eligible blocks to those where there is a population greater than zero. Given the Commission's decision to use population as the bidding comparison unit, the Bureaus must use reliable data on population in order to conduct the Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I auction.
iv. Public Interest Obligations
32. Voice and Broadband Service. All Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I recipients must satisfy specified public interest obligations in exchange for the support they receive, as must all recipients of any
33. Data Rates. For purposes of Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, the Commission refers to a network as a 3G network if it achieves outdoor minimum data transmission rates of 50 kilobits per second (kbps) uplink and 200 kbps downlink at vehicle speeds appropriate for the areas covered. Also for purposes of Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, the Commission refers to a network as a 4G network if it achieves outdoor minimum data transmissions rates of 200 kbps uplink and 768 kbps downlink at vehicle speeds appropriate for the area covered. With respect to both 3G and 4G networks, transmission latency must be low enough to enable the use of real-time applications, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
34. Performance Deadlines. Winning bidders in Auction 902 will commit to provide service over either a 3G or a 4G network, as those terms are used with respect to Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, in their post-auction long-form applications for support. Those parties committing to provide service over a 3G network must do so for at least 75 percent or more of the population within the winning bidding area within two years of being authorized to receive support. Winning bidders committing to provide service over a 4G network must do so for at least 75 percent or more of the population within the winning bidding area within three years of being authorized to receive support. To the extent that a recipient covers population in excess of the minimum, support will be available for up to 100 percent of the eligible population for which the recipient demonstrates coverage within the timeframe required for the technology deployed.
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