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Released: October 31, 2012


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DA 12-1736

October 31, 2012



AU Docket No. 12-25

1. In light of the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Wireless Telecommunications and
Wireline Competition Bureaus announce a new filing deadline for Auction 901 long-form applications for
Mobility Fund Phase I support. The deadline was initially scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on
November 1, 2012.1 The new deadline will be 6:00 p.m. ET on Monday, November 5, 2012.
2. The Bureau reminds applicants that section 1.21002 of the Commission’s rules prohibits an
applicant in a Mobility Fund auction from cooperating or collaborating with any other applicant with
respect to its own, or one another’s, or any other competing applicant’s bids, or bidding strategies, and
from communication with any other applicant in any manner the substance of its own, or one another’s, or
any other competing applicant’s bids or bidding strategies, until after the post-auction deadline for
winning bidders to submit applications for support
, unless such applicants are identified on the short-
form application(s) as parties to an agreement(s) relating to participation in the competitive bidding,
pursuant to section 1.21001(b)(4).2

The prohibition is therefore extended until 6:00 p.m. ET on
November 5, 2012.

The prohibition applies to all applicants regardless of whether such applicants
became qualified bidders or actually bid.3 For further information on the prohibition, applicants should
refer to the Auction 901 Procedures Public Notice.4

1 Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Closes, Winning Bidders Announced for Auction 901, Public Notice, DA 12-1566
(rel. Oct. 3, 2012).
2 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.21001(b)(4), 1.21002; see also Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, Report and Order
and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
, FCC 11-161, 26 FCC Rcd 17663, 17807 ¶ 431 (2011), pets. for review
pending sub nom. In re: FCC 11-161
, No. 11-9900 (10th Cir. filed Dec. 8, 2011); Connect America Fund, WC
Docket No. 10-90, Order on Reconsideration, 26 FCC Rcd 17633 (2011); Connect America Fund, WC Docket No.
10-90, Second Order on Reconsideration, 27 FCC Rcd 4648 (2012); Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90,
Third Order on Reconsideration, 27 FCC Rcd 5622 (2012); Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, Fourth
Order on Reconsideration
, 27 FCC Rcd 8814 (2012).
3 For example, the Commission imposed a forfeiture in the amount of $100,000 for violation of section 1.2105(c),
even though the applicant never made an upfront payment for the auction and was not listed as a qualified bidder.
See Northeast Communications of Wisconsin, Inc., Forfeiture Order, DA 04-3027, 19 FCC Rcd 18635 (Enf. Bur.
2004). The Commission subsequently reduced the amount of the forfeiture to $75,000 due to the parties’ history of
compliance with Commission rules. See Star Wireless, LLC and Northeast Communications of Wisconsin, Inc.,
Order on Review, FCC 07-80, 22 FCC Rcd 8943 (2007), review denied, Star Wireless, LLC v. FCC, 522 F.3d 469
(D.C. Cir. 2008) (section 1.2105(c) applies to auction applicant regardless of whether the applicant is qualified to
bid). The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted summary judgment in favor of

3. For further information concerning Auction 901, please contact:

General Auction Information

FCC Auctions Hotline

General Auction Questions
(888) 225-5322, option two; or
Auction Process and Procedures
(717) 338-2868

Auction 901 Legal Information

Auctions and Spectrum Access Division

Auction Rules, Policies, Regulations, including
(202) 418-0660
Reports of section 1.21002 Violations and
Lynne Milne
Application Modifications

General Universal Service Questions

Wireline Competition Bureau

(202) 418-7400
Alex Minard

Universal Service Administrative Company

USAC High Cost

Mobility Fund Phase I Letter of Credit

(202) 776-0200

Information on Applying for Service

Customer Service (877) 877-4925 or

Provider Identification Number (SPIN)

General SPIN Information

Technical Support

FCC Auctions Technical Support Hotline

Electronic Filing
(877) 480-3201, option nine; or (202) 414-1250
FCC Auction System (Hardware/Software
(202) 414-1255 (TTY)
Hours of service: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET,
Monday through Friday
4. To request materials in accessible formats (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format)
for people with disabilities, send an email to or call the Consumer and Governmental
Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).
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the United States pursuant to an effort by the Department of Justice to enforce the forfeiture. United States v.
Northeast Communications of Wis., Inc.
, 608 F.Supp. 2d 1049 (D. Wis. 2008). See also Letter to Robert Pettit, from
Margaret W. Wiener, Chief, Auctions and Industry Analysis Div., DA 00-2905, 16 FCC Rcd 10080 (2000)
(declining to exempt an applicant’s controlling interest from coverage by section 1.2105(c), even though the
applicant never made an upfront payment for the auction and was not listed as a qualified bidder).
4 Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Scheduled for September 27, 2012, Notice and Filing Requirements and Other
Procedures for Auction 901, AU Docket No. 12-25, Public Notice, DA 12-641, 27 FCC Rcd 4725, 4741-47 ¶¶ 46-68

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