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Revised as of February 22, 2021
Goto Year:2020 |
§ 1.21003 Competitive bidding process.
(a) Public Notice of Competitive Bidding Procedures. Detailed
competitive bidding procedures shall be established by public notice
prior to the commencement of competitive bidding any time competitive
bidding is conducted pursuant to this subpart.
(b) Competitive Bidding Procedures—Design Options. The public notice
detailing competitive bidding procedures may establish the design of
the competitive bidding utilizing any of the following options, without
(1) Procedures for Collecting Bids. (i) Procedures for collecting bids
in a single round or in multiple rounds.
(ii) Procedures for collecting bids on an item-by-item basis, or using
various aggregation specifications.
(iii) Procedures for collecting bids that specify contingencies linking
bids on the same item and/or for multiple items.
(iv) Procedures allowing for bids that specify a support level,
indicate demand at a specified support level, or provide other
information as specified by the Commission.
(v) Procedures to collect bids in one or more stage or stages,
including for transitions between stages.
(2) Procedures for Assigning Winning Bids. (i) Procedures for scoring
bids by factors in addition to bid amount, such as population coverage
or geographic contour, or other relevant measurable factors.
(ii) Procedures to incorporate public interest considerations into the
process for assigning winning bids.
(3) Procedures for Determining Payments. (i) Procedures to determine
the amount of any support for which winning bidders may become
authorized, consistent with other auction design choices.
(ii) Procedures that provide for support amounts based on the amount as
bid or on other pricing rules, either uniform or discriminatory.
(c) Competitive Bidding Procedures—Mechanisms. The public notice
detailing competitive bidding procedures may establish any of the
following mechanisms, without limitation:
(1) Limits on Available Information. Procedures establishing limits on
the public availability of information regarding applicants,
applications, and bids during a period of time covering the competitive
bidding process, as well as procedures for parties to report the
receipt of non-public information during such periods.
(2) Sequencing. Procedures establishing one or more groups of eligible
areas and if more than one, the sequence of groups for which bids will
(3) Reserve Price. Procedures establishing reserve prices, either
disclosed or undisclosed, above which bids would not win in the
auction. The reserve prices may apply individually, in combination, or
in the aggregate.
(4) Timing and Method of Placing Bids. Procedures establishing methods
and times for submission of bids, whether remotely, by telephonic or
electronic transmission, or in person.
(5) Opening Bids and Bid Increments. Procedures establishing maximum or
minimum opening bids and, by announcement before or during the auction,
maximum or minimum bid increments in dollar or percentage terms.
(6) Withdrawals. Procedures by which bidders may withdraw bids, if
withdrawals are allowed.
(7) Stopping Procedures. Procedures regarding when bidding will stop
for a round, a stage, or an entire auction, in order to terminate the
auction within a reasonable time and in accordance with public interest
considerations and the goals, statutory requirements, rules, and
procedures for the auction, including any reserve price or prices.
(8) Activity Rules. Procedures for activity rules that require a
minimum amount of bidding activity.
(9) Auction Delay, Suspension, or Cancellation. Procedures for
announcing by public notice or by announcement during the reverse
auction, delay, suspension, or cancellation of the auction in the event
of a natural disaster, technical obstacle, network disruption, evidence
of an auction security breach or unlawful bidding activity,
administrative or weather necessity, or for any other reason that
affects the fair and efficient conduct of the competitive bidding, and
procedures for resuming the competitive bidding starting from the
beginning of the current or some previous round or cancelling the
competitive bidding in its entirety.
(d) Apportioning Package Bids. If the public notice establishing
detailed competitive bidding procedures adopts procedures for bidding
for support on combinations or packages of geographic areas, the public
notice also shall establish a methodology for apportioning such bids
among the geographic areas within the combination or package for
purposes of implementing any Commission rule or procedure that requires
a discrete bid for support in relation to a specific geographic area.
(e) Public Notice of Competitive Bidding Results. After the conclusion
of competitive bidding, a public notice shall identify the winning
bidders that may apply for the offered universal service support and
the amount(s) of support for which they may apply, and shall detail the
[ 76 FR 73851 , Nov. 29, 2011, as amended at 82 FR 15449 , Mar. 28, 2017]
Goto Section: 1.21002 | 1.21004
Goto Year: 2020 |
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