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§ 27.1505 Performance requirements.
(a) 900 MHz broadband licensees shall demonstrate compliance with
performance requirements by filing a construction notification with the
Commission, within 15 days of the expiration of the applicable
benchmark, in accordance with the provisions set forth in § 1.946(d) of
(1) The licensee must certify whether it has met the applicable
performance requirements. The licensee must file a description and
certification of the areas for which it is providing service. The
construction notifications must include electronic coverage maps and
supporting technical documentation regarding the type of service it is
providing for each licensed area within its service territory and the
type of technology used to provide such service, and certify the
accuracy of such documentation. Supporting documentation must include
the assumptions used to create the coverage maps, including the
propagation model and the signal strength necessary to provide reliable
service with the licensee's technology.
(2) To demonstrate compliance with the population coverage requirement,
licensees shall use the most recently available decennial U.S. Census
Bureau data at the time of measurement and shall base their
measurements of population served on areas no larger than the Census
Tract level. The population within a specific Census Tract (or other
acceptable identifier) will be deemed served by the licensee only if it
provides reliable signal coverage to and offers service within the
specific Census Tract (or other acceptable identifier). To the extent
the Census Tract (or other acceptable identifier) extends beyond the
boundaries of a license area, a licensee with authorizations for such
areas may include only the population within the Census Tract (or other
acceptable identifier) towards meeting the performance requirement of a
single, individual license.
(b) A 900 MHz broadband licensee must meet either a population coverage
requirement or geographic coverage as follows:
(1) Population metric. (i) A 900 MHz broadband licensee shall provide
reliable signal coverage and offer broadband service to at least 45% of
the population in its license area within six years of license grant.
(ii) A 900 MHz broadband licensee shall provide reliable signal
coverage and offer broadband service to at least 80% of the population
in its license area within 12 years of license grant.
(2) Geographic coverage. Alternatively, a 900 MHz broadband licensee
(i) Demonstrate it provides reliable signal coverage and offers
broadband service covering at least 25% of the geographic license area
within six years of license grant.
(ii) Demonstrate it provides reliable signal coverage and offers
broadband service covering at least 50% of the geographic license area
within twelve years of license grant.
(c) Penalties. (1) If a 900 MHz broadband licensee fails to meet the
first performance benchmark, we require the licensee to meet the final
performance benchmark two years sooner (i.e., at 10 years into the
license term) and reduce the license term from 15 years to 13 years.
(2) If a 900 MHz broadband licensee fails to meet the final performance
benchmark, its authorization for that license area will terminate
automatically without Commission action.
(d) License renewal. After satisfying the 12-year, final performance
benchmark, a licensee must continue to provide coverage and offer
broadband service at or above that level for the remaining three years
of the 15-year license term in order to warrant license renewal.
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