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§ 0.131 Functions of the Bureau.
The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau develops, recommends and
administers the programs and policies for the regulation of the terms
and conditions under which communications entities offer domestic
wireless telecommunications services and of ancillary operations
related to the provision of such services (satellite communications
excluded). These functions include all wireless telecommunications
service providers' and licensees' activities. The Bureau also performs
the following specific functions:
(a) Advises and makes recommendations to the Commission, or acts for
the Commission under delegated authority, in all matters pertaining to
the licensing and regulation of wireless telecommunications, including
ancillary operations related to the provision or use of such services;
any matters concerning wireless carriers that also affect wireline
carriers in cooperation with the Wireline Competition Bureau; and, in
cooperation with the Office of Economics and Analytics, all policies,
programs, and rules regarding spectrum auctions, and, in cooperation
with the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office of Economics and
Analytics, USF mechanisms affecting wireless carriers. These activities
include: Policy development and coordination; conducting rulemaking and
adjudicatory proceedings, including licensing and complaint proceedings
for matters not within the responsibility of the Enforcement Bureau;
acting on waivers of rules; acting on applications for service and
facility authorizations; compliance and enforcement activities for
matters not within the responsibility of the Enforcement Bureau;
determining resource impacts of existing, planned or recommended
Commission activities concerning wireless telecommunications, and
developing and recommending resource deployment priorities.
(b) Develops and recommends policy goals, objectives, programs and
plans for the Commission on matters concerning wireless
telecommunications, drawing upon relevant economic, technological,
legislative, regulatory and judicial information and developments. Such
matters include meeting the present and future wireless
telecommunications needs of the Nation; fostering economic growth by
promoting efficiency and innovation in the allocation, licensing and
use of the electromagnetic spectrum; ensuring choice, opportunity and
fairness in the development of wireless telecommunications services and
markets; promoting economically efficient investment in wireless
telecommunications infrastructure and the integration of wireless
communications networks into the public telecommunications network;
enabling access to national communications services; promoting the
development and widespread availability of wireless telecommunications
services. Reviews and coordinates orders, programs and actions
initiated by other Bureaus and Offices in matters affecting wireless
telecommunications to ensure consistency of overall Commission policy.
(c) Serves as a staff resource, in coordination with the Office of
Economics and Analytics with regard to the development and
implementation of spectrum policy through spectrum auctions. Jointly
with the Office of Economics and Analytics, develops, recommends and
administers policies, programs and rules concerning licensing of
spectrum for wireless telecommunications through auctions and advises
the Commission on policy, engineering, and technical matters relating
to auctions of spectrum used for other purposes.
(d) Regulates the charges, practices, classifications, terms and
conditions for, and facilities used to provide, wireless
telecommunications services. Develops and recommends consistent,
integrated policies, programs and rules for the regulation of
commercial mobile radio services and private mobile radio services.
(e) Develops and recommends policy, rules, standards, procedures and
forms for the authorization and regulation of wireless
telecommunications facilities and services, including all facility
authorization applications involving domestic terrestrial transmission
facilities. Coordinates with and assists the International Bureau
regarding frequency assignment, coordination and interference matters.
(f) Develops and recommends responses to legislative, regulatory or
judicial inquiries and proposals concerning or affecting wireless
(g) Develops and recommends policies regarding matters affecting the
collaboration and coordination of relations among Federal agencies, and
between the Federal government and the states, concerning wireless
telecommunications issues. Maintains liaison with Federal and state
government bodies concerning such issues.
(h) Develops and recommends policies, programs and rules to ensure
interference-free operation of wireless telecommunications equipment
and networks. Coordinates with and assists other Bureaus and Offices,
as appropriate, concerning spectrum management, planning, and
interference matters and issues, and in compliance and enforcement
activities. Studies technical requirements for equipment for wireless
telecommunications services in accordance with standards established by
the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology.
(i) Advises and assists consumers, businesses and other government
agencies on wireless telecommunications issues and matters related
thereto. Also assists the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau with
informal consumer complaints and other general inquiries by consumers.
(j) Administers the Commission's commercial radio operator program
(part 13 of this chapter); the Commission's program for registration,
construction, marking and lighting of antenna structures (part 17 of
this chapter), and the Commission's privatized ship radio inspection
program (part 80 of this chapter).
(k) Coordinates with and assists the International Bureau with respect
to treaty activities and international conferences concerning wireless
(l) Exercises such authority as may be assigned, delegated or referred
to it by the Commission.
(m) Certifies frequency coordinators; considers petitions seeking
review of coordinator actions; and engages in oversight of coordinator
actions and practices.
(n) Administers the Commission's amateur radio programs (part 97 of
this chapter) and the issuing of maritime mobile service identities
(o) Exercises authority to issue non-hearing related subpoenas for the
attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books,
papers, correspondence, memoranda, schedules of charges, contracts,
agreements, and any other records deemed relevant to the investigation
of wireless telecommunications operators for any alleged violation or
violations of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, or the
Commission's rules and orders. Before issuing a subpoena, the Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau shall obtain the approval of the Office of
(p) Certifies, in the name of the Commission, volunteer entities to
coordinate maintain and disseminate a common data base of amateur
station special event call signs, and issues Public Notices detailing
the procedures of amateur service call sign systems.
(q) Coordinates with the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau on
all matters affecting public safety, homeland security, national
security, emergency management, disaster management, and related
(r) In coordination with the Wireline Competition Bureau and the Office
of Economics and Analytics, develops and recommends policies, programs,
rules and procedures concerning the use of market-based mechanisms,
including competitive bidding, to distribute universal service support.
(s)(1) Extends the Communications Act Safety Radiotelephony Certificate
for a period of up to 90 days beyond the specified expiration date.
(2) Grants emergency exemption requests, extensions or waivers of
inspection to ships in accordance with applicable provisions of the
Communications Act, the Safety Convention, the Great Lakes Agreement or
the Commission's rules.
[ 60 FR 35505 , July 10, 1995, as amended at 61 FR 4361 , Feb. 6, 1996; 62 FR 17567 , Apr. 10, 1997; 64 FR 60718 , Nov. 8, 1999; 65 FR 375 , Jan. 5,
2000; 67 FR 13219 , Mar. 21, 2002; 69 FR 24997 , May 5, 2004; 71 FR 69035 , Nov. 29, 2006; 76 FR 73851 , Nov. 29, 2011; 78 FR 23151 , Apr. 18,
2013; 78 FR 32165 , May 29, 2013; 83 FR 63076 , Dec. 7, 2018; 85 FR 34526 , June 5, 2020]
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