8. The petitioner sought reconsideration of the Bureaus' determination in the Auction 902 Procedures Public Notice, that the petitioner had submitted drive test data that was not sufficiently verifiable to justify the addition of the census blocks requested. In support of its request that several thousand census blocks in northwestern
9. The Bureaus find that it is in the public interest to consider the additional information provided in the petition for reconsideration. The Bureaus note that the petition does not present wholly new evidence or newly discovered evidence, but rather more fully explains the drive tests that the petitioner already conducted. However, in light of the Commission's goal of promoting provision of 3G or better mobile voice and broadband services to Tribal lands that lack such services, the Bureaus believe that consideration of the information in the petition is warranted.
10. The Bureaus grant the petition as to certain census blocks in which the petitioner conducted drive tests that show no 3G or 4G service. The Bureaus are not, however, persuaded by the petitioner's argument that nearby census blocks untested by the petitioner should be presumed to have a similar lack of 3G or better service. Such an assumption is not sufficient to rebut the Mosaik data indicating that 3G or better service is available in those areas. The Bureaus also will not add census blocks where other carriers show that they provide 3G or better mobile voice and broadband service. The petitioner admits that it did not conduct testing of one network, and thus it fails to rebut that carrier's showing regarding its service coverage, which includes maps, an explanation of methodologies for determining coverage, and certifications as to the veracity of the material provided. In addition, the petitioner's earlier uncertified statement that it tested another carrier's 850 MHz frequencies is insufficient to rebut the evidence submitted by that carrier regarding its service coverage, which includes a map, an explanation of methodologies for determining coverage, and certifications as to the veracity of the material provided. Finally, Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I support is only available in populated census blocks on Tribal lands. The Bureaus therefore will not add census blocks that have a population of zero, and they will not add census blocks that are beyond the external borders of the Navajo Nation (and that are not otherwise identified as Tribal lands in the 2010 Census data). The Bureaus also note that some of the census blocks that the petitioner requested were already included in the list of eligible areas. In sum, the Bureaus add 40 census blocks that the petitioner drive tested, that are not served by other carriers, as demonstrated in the record, and that are both located on Tribal lands and populated. A list of those 40 census blocks is provided as Attachment B to the Auction 902 Public Notice released on
Eligible Areas Map and GIS Data
11. The interactive map of eligible areas has been updated to reflect these changes to the eligible areas for Auction 902. The link to the interactive map is available on the Auction 902 Web site at http://wireless.fcc.gov/auctions/902/, and the map itself is at http://www.fcc.gov/maps/tribal-mobility-fund-phase-1-eligible-areas. The Bureaus are also making available geographic information system (GIS) data for the eligible areas. The GIS data, which is simply another format of the eligible census block data, is being provided as a downloadable shapefile that is available on the Auction 902 Web site at http://wireless.fcc.gov/auctions/902/.
Deputy Chief, Auctions and Spectrum Access Division, WTB.
[FR Doc. 2013-24303 Filed 10-2-13;
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