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H.R. 1641 (114th): Federal Spectrum Incentive Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 26, 2015 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1641

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 26, 2015

(for himself, Ms. Matsui, Mr. Walden, and Ms. Eshoo) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to provide incentives for the reallocation of Federal Government spectrum for commercial use, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Federal Spectrum Incentive Act of 2015.

2.

Federal spectrum incentives

(a)

Notice to Commission

(1)

In general

Section 113(g)(4) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(g)(4)) is amended—

(A)

by striking the heading and inserting Notice to Commission.—;

(B)

in the second sentence of subparagraph (A), by striking shall notify the Commission and all that follows and inserting the following:

shall notify the Commission—

(i)

of estimated relocation or sharing costs and timelines for such relocation or sharing; or

(ii)

that, instead of relocation or sharing costs under this subsection and section 118, a Federal entity will receive payment under section 120 because such entity is—

(I)

discontinuing the operations that the Federal entity conducts on such eligible frequencies without relocating such operations to other frequencies; or

(II)

relocating such operations to frequencies assigned to another Federal entity in order for such entities to share such frequencies.

; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(D)

This subsection and section 118 shall not apply with respect to the discontinuance of operations on eligible frequencies or the relocation of such operations by a Federal entity after the Commission receives notice under subparagraph (A)(ii) with respect to such discontinuance or relocation.

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(2)

Conforming amendments

Section 113(g) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(g)) is amended—

(A)

in paragraph (3)(A)(iii)(I), by striking paragraph (4)(A) and inserting paragraph (4)(A)(i);

(B)

in paragraph (4)—

(i)

in subparagraph (B), by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting subparagraph (A)(i); and

(ii)

in subparagraph (C), by striking subparagraphs (A) and (B) and inserting subparagraphs (A)(i) and (B); and

(C)

in paragraph (5), by striking paragraph (4)(A) and inserting paragraph (4)(A)(i).

(b)

Transition plans

Section 113(h) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(h)) is amended—

(1)

in the heading, by striking relocation or sharing;

(2)

by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:

(1)

Development of transition plan by Federal entity

(A)

In general

Not later than 240 days before the commencement of any auction of eligible frequencies described in subsection (g)(2), a Federal entity authorized to use any such frequency shall submit to the NTIA and to the Technical Panel established by paragraph (3) a transition plan in which the Federal entity—

(i)

declares the intention of such entity—

(I)

to share such eligible frequencies with a non-Federal user or to relocate to other frequencies, and to receive relocation or sharing costs from the Spectrum Relocation Fund established by section 118; or

(II)

to discontinue the operations that the Federal entity conducts on such eligible frequencies without relocating such operations to other frequencies or to relocate such operations to frequencies assigned to another Federal entity in order for such entities to share such frequencies, and to receive payment from the Federal Spectrum Incentive Fund established by section 120; and

(ii)

describes how the entity will implement the relocation, sharing, or discontinuance arrangement.

(B)

Common format

The NTIA shall specify, after public input, a common format for all Federal entities to follow in preparing transition plans under this paragraph.

;

(3)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

in subparagraph (D), by inserting , to discontinue such use, after from such frequencies;

(B)

in subparagraph (F), by inserting , discontinuance, after relocation; and

(C)

in subparagraph (G), by striking The plans and inserting To the extent applicable given the intention declared by the entity under paragraph (1)(A)(i), the plans;

(4)

in paragraph (4)(A), by inserting (if applicable) after timelines and;

(5)

in paragraph (6)—

(A)

by inserting (if applicable) after costs; and

(B)

by inserting , discontinuance, after relocation the second place it appears; and

(6)

in paragraph (7)(A)(ii), by inserting , discontinuance, after relocation.

(c)

Relocation or discontinuance prioritized over sharing

Section 113(j) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(j)) is amended—

(1)

in the heading, by inserting or discontinuance after Relocation; and

(2)

by inserting or discontinuance of the operations that the Federal entity conducts on the band after from the band each place it appears.

(d)

Deposit of auction proceeds

Section 309(j)(8) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 309(j)(8)) is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (C)(i), by striking (D)(ii) and inserting (D)(ii), (D)(iii); and

(2)

in subparagraph (D)—

(A)

in clause (i), by striking clause (ii) and inserting clauses (ii) and (iii); and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(iii)

Federal spectrum incentives

Notwithstanding subparagraph (A) and except as provided in subparagraph (B) and clause (ii) of this subparagraph, in the case of proceeds (including deposits and upfront payments from successful bidders) attributable to the auction of eligible frequencies described in section 113(g)(2) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act with respect to which the Commission has received notice under section 113(g)(4)(A)(ii) of such Act, 1 percent of such proceeds shall be deposited in the Federal Spectrum Incentive Fund established by section 120 of such Act and shall be available in accordance with such section. The remainder of such proceeds shall be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury, where such proceeds shall be dedicated for the sole purpose of deficit reduction.

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(e)

Federal Spectrum Incentive Fund

Part B of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 921 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

120.

Federal Spectrum Incentive Fund

(a)

Establishment

There is established in the Treasury of the United States a fund to be known as the Federal Spectrum Incentive Fund (in this section referred to as the Fund), which shall be administered by the Office of Management and Budget (in this section referred to as OMB), in consultation with the NTIA.

(b)

Transfer of funds

The Director of OMB shall transfer from the Fund to a Federal entity an amount equal to the amount deposited in accordance with section 309(j)(8)(D)(iii) of the Communications Act of 1934 that is attributable to the auction of eligible frequencies described in section 113(g)(2) of this Act being vacated by such entity. Such amount shall be available to the Federal entity in accordance with subsection (c) and shall remain available until expended.

(c)

Use of funds

A Federal entity may use an amount transferred under subsection (b) for the following purposes:

(1)

Offset of sequestration

Any purposes permitted under the terms and conditions of an appropriations account of the Federal entity that was subject to sequestration for any fiscal year under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. The amount used for such purposes under this paragraph may not exceed the amount by which the amount available to such entity under such account was reduced by sequestration for such fiscal year.

(2)

Transfer to incumbent Federal entity

In the case of a Federal entity that is relocating operations to frequencies assigned to an incumbent Federal entity in order for such entities to share such frequencies, to transfer an amount to the incumbent Federal entity for any purposes permitted under this subsection (except this paragraph). The transferred amount shall remain available to the incumbent Federal entity until expended.

(d)

Prohibition on duplicative payments

If the Commission receives notice under section 113(g)(4)(A)(ii) of a discontinuance of operations on or relocation from eligible frequencies by a Federal entity that has received, from the Spectrum Relocation Fund in accordance with section 118(d)(3), relocation or sharing costs related to pre-auction estimates or research with respect to such frequencies, the Director of OMB shall deduct from the amount to be transferred to such entity under subsection (b) an amount equal to such costs and shall transfer such amount to the Spectrum Relocation Fund.

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(f)

Department of Defense spectrum

Section 1062(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (Public Law 106–65) does not apply to frequencies with respect to which the Federal Communications Commission has received notice under section 113(g)(4)(A)(ii) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(g)(4)(A)(ii)).

3.

Costs of incumbent Federal entities related to spectrum sharing

(a)

Description of eligible Federal entities

Section 113(g)(1) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(g)(1)) is amended—

(1)

by striking authorized to use a band of eligible frequencies described in paragraph (2);

(2)

by striking spectrum frequencies the first place it appears and inserting eligible frequencies described in paragraph (2); and

(3)

by striking spectrum frequencies the second place it appears and inserting eligible frequencies described in such paragraph.

(b)

Definition of relocation or sharing costs

Section 113(g)(3)(A) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(g)(3)(A)) is amended—

(1)

in clause (iv)(II), by striking and at the end;

(2)

in clause (v), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following:

(vi)

the costs incurred by an incumbent Federal entity to accommodate sharing the spectrum frequencies assigned to such entity with a Federal entity the operations of which are being relocated from eligible frequencies described in paragraph (2), unless the Commission receives notice under paragraph (4)(A)(ii)(II) with respect to the relocation of such operations.

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(c)

Spectrum Relocation Fund

Section 118 of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 928) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (c), by striking with respect to and all that follows and inserting the following:

with respect to—

(1)

relocation from or sharing of such eligible frequencies; or

(2)

in the case of an incumbent Federal entity described in section 113(g)(3)(A)(vi), accommodating sharing the spectrum frequencies assigned to such entity with a Federal entity the operations of which are being relocated from such eligible frequencies.

; and

(2)

in subsection (d)—

(A)

in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting (or, in the case of an incumbent Federal entity described in section 113(g)(3)(A)(vi), the eligible Federal entity the operations of which are being relocated has submitted such a plan) after transition plan; and

(B)

in paragraph (3)(B)(ii), by inserting except in the case of an incumbent Federal entity described in section 113(g)(3)(A)(vi), before the transition plan.