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Introduced in Senate (05/24/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2955


To reform the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process conducted by the Federal Communications Commission.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 24, 2018

Mr. Wicker (for himself, Ms. Hassan, and Mr. Moran) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To reform the Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process conducted by the Federal Communications Commission.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Mobile Accuracy and Precision Broadband Act of 2018” or the “MAP Broadband Act”.

SEC. 2. Mobility Fund Phase II challenge process.

(a) Definitions.—In this section—

(1) the term “challenge process” means the process established by the Commission under which a person may challenge the initial determination that an area is ineligible for Mobility Fund Phase II support;

(2) the term “Commission” means the Federal Communications Commission;

(3) the term “Mobility Fund Phase II” means the second phase of the proceeding to provide universal service support from the Mobility Fund (WC Docket No. 10–90; WT Docket No. 10–208); and

(4) the term “Mobility Fund Phase II support” means universal service support provided under Mobility Fund Phase II.

(b) Challenge process window.—The Commission shall extend the period of the challenge process until November 27, 2018.

(c) Public disclosure of approved handsets.—The Commission shall publicly disclose each handset that each mobile wireless service provider has approved for challengers to use in the challenge process, in order to assist consumers in exploring potential challenges.

(d) Challenge process updates.—During the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on the last day of the challenge process, the Commission shall publish online monthly updates on—

(1) the number of entities that the Commission has approved to participate in the challenge process as challengers; and

(2) the percentage of the total geographic area initially determined to be ineligible for Mobility Fund Phase II support that has been challenged under the challenge process.

(e) Post-Auction reporting.—After the Commission conducts the Mobility Fund Phase II reverse auction, the Commission shall publish online annual updates on whether the deployment of mobile wireless service is being expanded in rural areas due to Mobility Fund Phase II support.