S. 3516 (112th): Rural Spectrum Accessibility Act of 2012

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Aug 02, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3516

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 2, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To encourage spectrum licensees to make unused spectrum available for use by rural and smaller carriers in order to expand wireless coverage.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Rural Spectrum Accessibility Act of 2012.

2.

Extension of licenses

Section 307 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 307) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

Extension of licenses

(1)

Definitions

For purposes of this subsection—

(A)

the term rural area means any area other than—

(i)

an area described in clause (i) or (ii) of section 343(a)(13)(A) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1991(a)(13)(A)); and

(ii)

a city, town, or incorporated area that has a population of greater than 20,000 inhabitants; and

(B)

the term small carrier means a carrier with annual revenue less than $500,000,000 or that provides wireless service to less than 1,500,000 customers.

(2)

Establishment of program

Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of Rural Spectrum Accessibility Act of 2012, the Commission shall establish a program under which a carrier that receives a license under this section may partition or disaggregate the license in order to make unused spectrum available to small carriers or carriers serving a rural area.

(3)

Extension of license term

Any carrier that receives a license under this section and participates in the program established under paragraph (2) shall receive a 3-year extension of the license granted under this section.

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