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S. 2555 (114th): MOBILE NOW Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 11, 2016 (Introduced).


II

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2555

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 11, 2016

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

A BILL

To provide opportunities for broadband investment, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title; table of contents

(a)

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act or the MOBILE NOW Act.

(b)

Table of contents

The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 2. Definitions.

Sec. 3. Making 500 megahertz available.

Sec. 4. Millimeter wave evaluation.

Sec. 5. Reports on 3 gigahertz bands.

Sec. 6. Distributed antenna systems and small cell infrastructure.

Sec. 7. Communications facilities deployment on Federal property.

Sec. 8. Dig once.

Sec. 9. National broadband facilities asset database.

Sec. 10. Reallocation incentives.

Sec. 11. Bidirectional sharing study.

Sec. 12. Unlicensed services in guard bands.

Sec. 13. Pre-auction funding.

Sec. 14. Immediate transfer of funds.

Sec. 15. Amendments to the Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015.

Sec. 16. Rules of construction.

Sec. 17. Relationship to Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Appropriate committees of Congress

The term appropriate committees of Congress means—

(A)

the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate;

(B)

the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives; and

(C)

each committee of the Senate or of the House of Representatives with jurisdiction over a Federal entity affected by the applicable section in which the term appears.

(2)

Commission

The term Commission means the Federal Communications Commission.

(3)

Federal entity

The term Federal entity has the meaning given the term in section 113(l) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(l)).

(4)

NTIA

The term NTIA means the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce.

(5)

OMB

The term OMB means the Office of Management and Budget.

(6)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Commerce.

3.

Making 500 megahertz available

(a)

Requirements

(1)

In general

Consistent with the Presidential Memorandum of June 28, 2010, entitled Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution and establishing a goal of making a total of 500 megahertz of Federal and non-Federal spectrum available for wireless broadband use by 2020, not later than December 31, 2020, the Secretary, working through the NTIA, and the Commission shall make available a total of at least 255 megahertz of Federal and non-Federal spectrum below the frequency of 6000 megahertz for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use.

(2)

Availability

The spectrum made available under paragraph (1) shall be made available to be licensed by the Commission for exclusive use, or made available on a licensed or unlicensed basis for shared use by non-Federal and Federal users, to enable the deployment of wireless broadband services.

(3)

Non-eligible bands

For purposes of satisfying the requirement under paragraph (1), the following spectrum bands shall not be counted:

(A)

The band between 1695 and 1710 megahertz.

(B)

The band between 1755 and 1780 megahertz.

(C)

The band between 2155 and 2180 megahertz.

(D)

The band between 3550 and 3700 megahertz.

(4)

Relocation prioritized over sharing

This section shall be carried out in accordance with section 113(j) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(j)).

(5)

Considerations

In making spectrum available under this section, the Secretary and Commission shall consider—

(A)

the need to preserve critical existing and planned Federal Government capabilities;

(B)

the impact on existing State, local, and tribal government capabilities;

(C)

the international implications; and

(D)

the need for appropriate enforcement mechanisms and authorities.

(b)

Rules of construction

Nothing in this section shall be construed—

(1)

to impair or otherwise affect the functions of the Director of OMB relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals;

(2)

to require the disclosure of classified information, law enforcement sensitive information, or other information that must be protected in the interest of national security; or

(3)

to affect any requirement under section 156 of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 921 note), as added by section 1062(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000, or any other relevant statutory requirement applicable to the reallocation of Federal spectrum.

4.

Millimeter wave evaluation

(a)

Feasibility assessment

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act or December 31, 2017, whichever comes earlier, the NTIA, in consultation with the Commission, shall conduct a feasibility assessment regarding the impact of authorizing mobile or fixed terrestrial wireless operations, including for advanced mobile service operations, on Federal entities and operations in any of the following frequencies with Federal allocations:

(1)

The band between 24250 and 24450 megahertz.

(2)

The band between 25050 and 25250 megahertz.

(3)

The band between 31800 and 33400 megahertz.

(4)

The band between 42000 and 42500 megahertz.

(5)

The band between 71000 and 76000 megahertz.

(6)

The band between 81000 and 86000 megahertz.

(b)

Requirements

In conducting the feasibility assessment under subsection (a), the NTIA shall—

(1)

consult directly with Federal entities with respect to frequencies with Federal allocations identified in that subsection;

(2)

consider what, if any, impact authorizing mobile or fixed terrestrial wireless operations, including advanced mobile services operations, in any of the bands described in that subsection would have on an affected Federal entity;

(3)

consider how the bands described in that subsection may be used to provide commercial wireless broadband service, including whether—

(A)

such spectrum may be best used for licensed or unlicensed services, or some combination thereof; and

(B)

to permit additional licensed operations in such bands on a shared basis; and

(4)

identify any bands, or a portion thereof, described in that subsection that the NTIA assessment determines are feasible for authorizing for mobile or fixed terrestrial wireless operations, including any advanced mobile service operations.

(c)

Report to Congress

Not later than 30 days after the date the feasibility assessment under subsection (a) is complete, the NTIA shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on the feasibility assessment.

(d)

FCC proceeding

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission, in consultation with the NTIA, shall publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to consider service rules to authorize mobile or fixed terrestrial wireless operations, including for advanced mobile service operations, in the following radio frequency bands:

(1)

The band between 24250 and 24450 megahertz, except for any frequencies with Federal allocations.

(2)

The band between 25050 and 25250 megahertz, except for any frequencies with Federal allocations.

(3)

The band between 31800 and 33400 megahertz, except for any frequencies with Federal allocations.

(4)

The band between 42000 and 42500 megahertz, except for any frequencies with Federal allocations.

(5)

The band between 71000 and 76000 megahertz, except for any frequencies with Federal allocations.

(6)

The band between 81000 and 86000 megahertz, except for any frequencies with Federal allocations.

(7)

Any bands identified as feasible under subsection (b)(4).

(e)

Considerations

In conducting the rulemaking under subsection (d), the Commission shall—

(1)

consult with Federal entities via the NTIA regarding the bands described in subsection (d)(7);

(2)

consider how the bands described in subsection (d) may be used to provide commercial wireless broadband service, including whether—

(A)

such spectrum may be best used for licensed or unlicensed services, or some combination thereof; and

(B)

to permit additional licensed operations in such bands on a shared basis; and

(3)

include technical characteristics under which the bands described in subsection (d) may be employed for mobile or fixed terrestrial wireless operations, including any appropriate coexistence requirements.

5.

Reports on 3 gigahertz bands

(a)

Between 3100 megahertz and 3550 megahertz

Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and in consultation with the Commission and the head of each affected Federal agency (or a designee thereof), the Secretary shall submit to the President and the appropriate committees of Congress a report evaluating the feasibility of allowing commercial wireless services, licensed or unlicensed, to share use of the frequencies between 3100 megahertz and 3550 megahertz.

(b)

Between 3700 megahertz and 4200 megahertz

Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and in consultation with the Secretary and the head of each affected Federal agency (or a designee thereof), the Commission shall submit to the President and the appropriate committees of Congress a report evaluating the feasibility of allowing commercial wireless services, licensed or unlicensed, to share use of the frequencies between 3700 megahertz and 4200 megahertz.

(c)

Requirements

A report under subsection (a) or subsection (b) shall include the following:

(1)

An assessment of the operations of Federal entities that operate Federal Government stations authorized to use the frequencies described in that subsection.

(2)

An assessment of the possible impacts of such sharing on Federal and non-Federal users already operating on the frequencies described in that subsection.

(3)

The criteria that may be necessary to ensure shared licensed or unlicensed services would not cause harmful interference to Federal or non-Federal users already operating in the frequencies described in that subsection.

(4)

If such sharing is feasible, an identification of which of the frequencies described in that subsection are most suitable for sharing with commercial wireless services.

(d)

Plans for auction of certain spectrum

The Commission shall include any spectrum identified under subsection (c)(4) for assignment of new licenses for non-Federal use in a report under section 1006 of the Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015 (Public Law 114–74; 129 Stat. 621) if—

(1)

that spectrum is suitable for allocation by competitive bidding of new licenses for non-Federal licensed use;

(2)

that spectrum otherwise meets the requirements of the proposed plan for the assignment of new licenses for non-Federal use of certain spectrum under section 1006 of the Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015 (Public Law 114–74; 129 Stat. 621); and

(3)

the identification of that spectrum under subsection (c)(4) occurs after the requirements under section 3 have been met.

6.

Distributed antenna systems and small cell infrastructure

Not later than December 31, 2016, the Commission shall take action in its Program Alternatives for Small Wireless Communications Facility Deployments proceeding (WT Docket 15–180).

7.

Communications facilities deployment on Federal property

(a)

In general

Section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (47 U.S.C. 1455) is amended by striking subsections (b), (c), and (d) and inserting the following:

(b)

Federal easements and rights-of-Way

(1)

Grant

If an executive agency, a State, a political subdivision or agency of a State, or a person, firm, or organization applies for the grant of an easement or right-of-way to, in, over, or on a building or other property owned by the Federal Government for the right to install, construct, modify, or maintain a communications facility installation, the executive agency having control of the building or other property may grant to the applicant, on behalf of the Federal Government, subject to paragraph (5), an easement or right-of-way to perform such installation, construction, modification, or maintenance.

(2)

Application

(A)

In general

The Administrator of General Services shall develop a common form for applications for easements and rights-of-way under paragraph (1) for all executive agencies that, except as provided in subparagraph (B), shall be used by all executive agencies and applicants with respect to the buildings or other property of each such agency.

(B)

Exception

The requirement under subparagraph (A) for an executive agency to use the common form developed by the Administrator of General Services shall not apply to an executive agency if the head of an executive agency notifies the Administrator that the executive agency uses a substantially similar application.

(3)

Fee

(A)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Administrator of General Services shall establish a fee for the grant of an easement or right-of-way pursuant to paragraph (1) that is based on direct cost recovery.

(B)

Exceptions

The Administrator of General Services may establish exceptions to the fee amount required under subparagraph (A)—

(i)

in consideration of the public benefit provided by a grant of an easement or right-of-way; and

(ii)

in the interest of expanding wireless and broadband coverage.

(4)

Use of fees collected

Any fee amounts collected by an executive agency pursuant to paragraph (3) may be made available, as provided in appropriations Acts, to such agency to cover the costs of granting the easement or right-of-way.

(5)

Timely consideration of applications

(A)

In general

Within a reasonable period of time after the date on which an executive agency receives a duly filed application for an easement or right-of-way under this subsection, the executive agency shall—

(i)

grant or deny, on behalf of the Federal Government, the application; and

(ii)

notify the applicant of the grant or denial.

(B)

Explanation of denial

If an executive agency denies an application under subparagraph (A), the executive agency shall notify the applicant in writing, including a clear statement of the reasons for the denial.

(C)

Explanation of delay

If an executive agency has not granted or denied an application under subparagraph (A) before the date that is 150 days after the date that the executive agency received a duly filed application, the executive agency shall notify the applicant in writing, including a clear statement of the reasons for the delay.

(D)

Applicability of environmental laws

Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to relieve an executive agency of the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.) or the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

(E)

Point of contact

Upon receiving an application under subparagraph (A), an executive agency shall designate 1 or more appropriate individuals within the executive agency to act as a point of contact with the applicant.

(c)

Master contracts for communications facility installation sitings

(1)

In general

Notwithstanding section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Public Law 104–104; 110 Stat. 151) or any other provision of law, the Administrator of General Services shall—

(A)

develop 1 or more master contracts that shall govern the placement of communications facility installation on buildings and other property owned by the Federal Government; and

(B)

in developing the master contract or contracts, standardize the treatment of the placement of communications facility installation on building rooftops or facades, the placement of communications facility installation on rooftops or inside buildings, the technology used in connection with communications facility installation placed on Federal buildings and other property, and any other key issues the Administrator of General Services considers appropriate.

(2)

Applicability

The master contract or contracts developed by the Administrator of General Services under paragraph (1) shall apply to all publicly accessible buildings and other property owned by the Federal Government, unless the Administrator of General Services decides that issues with respect to the siting of a communications facility installation on a specific building or other property warrant nonstandard treatment of such building or other property.

(3)

Application

(A)

In general

The Administrator of General Services shall develop a common form or set of forms for communications facility installation siting applications that, except as provided in subparagraph (B), shall be used by all executive agencies and applicants with respect to the buildings and other property of each such agency.

(B)

Exception

The requirement under subparagraph (A) for an executive agency to use the common form or set of forms developed by the Administrator of General Services shall not apply to an executive agency if the head of the executive agency notifies the Administrator that the executive agency uses a substantially similar application.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Communications facility installation

The term communications facility installation includes—

(A)

any infrastructure, including any transmitting device, tower, or support structure, and any equipment, switches, wiring, cabling, power sources, shelters, or cabinets, associated with the licensed or permitted unlicensed wireless or wireline transmission of writings, signs, signals, data, images, pictures, and sounds of all kinds; and

(B)

any antenna or apparatus that—

(i)

is designed for the purpose of emitting radio frequency;

(ii)

is designed to be operated, or is operating, from a fixed location pursuant to authorization by the Commission or is using duly authorized devices that do not require individual licenses; and

(iii)

is added to a tower, building, or other structure.

(2)

Executive agency

The term executive agency has the meaning given such term in section 102 of title 40, United States Code.

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(b)

Savings provision

An application for an easement or right-of-way that was made or granted under section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (47 U.S.C. 1455) before the effective date of this Act shall continue, subject to that section as in effect on the day before such effective date.

8.

Dig once

(a)

Policy

It is the policy of the United States to encourage the deployment of communications facilities and services because of the benefits to interstate commerce from investment in and use of such communications facilities and services.

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that Federal agencies should endeavor to create policy that—

(1)

evaluates and provides for the inclusion of broadband conduit installation in federally funded highway construction projects;

(2)

provides for such inclusion without negatively impacting the safety, operations, and maintenance of the highway facility, its users, or others;

(3)

promotes investment and competition by ensuring that communications providers may access such conduit on a nondiscriminatory basis; and

(4)

limits any burden on State departments of transportation incurred by the inclusion of broadband conduit in such projects.

9.

National broadband facilities asset database

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Communications facility installation

The term communications facility installation includes—

(A)

any infrastructure, including any transmitting device, tower, or support structure, and any equipment, switches, wiring, cabling, power sources, shelters, or cabinets, associated with the licensed or permitted unlicensed wireless or wireline transmission of writings, signs, signals, data, images, pictures, and sounds of all kinds; and

(B)

any antenna or apparatus that—

(i)

is designed for the purpose of emitting radio frequency;

(ii)

is designed to be operated, or is operating, from a fixed location pursuant to authorization by the Federal Communications Commission or is using duly authorized devices that do not require individual licenses; and

(iii)

is added to a tower, building, or other structure.

(2)

Covered property

The term covered property

(A)

means any real property capable of supporting a communications facility installation; and

(B)

includes any interest in real property described in subparagraph (A).

(3)

Database

The term database means the database established under subsection (b).

(4)

Executive agency

The term Executive agency has the meaning given the term in section 105 of title 5, United States Code.

(b)

Database established

Not later than June 30, 2018, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in consultation with the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, Administrator of General Services, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget, shall—

(1)

establish and operate a single database of any covered property that is owned, leased, or otherwise managed by an Executive agency;

(2)

make the database available to—

(A)

any entity that—

(i)

constructs or operates communications facility installations; or

(ii)

provides communications service; and

(B)

any other entity that the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy determines is appropriate; and

(3)

establish a process for withholding data from the database for national security, public safety, or other national strategic concerns in accordance with existing statutory authority and Executive order mandates with respect to handling and protection of such information.

(c)

Public comment

(1)

In general

Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of the MOBILE NOW Act, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall seek public comment to inform the establishment and operation of the database.

(2)

Contents

In seeking public comment under paragraph (1), the Director shall include a request for recommendations on—

(A)

criteria that make real property capable of supporting communications facility installations;

(B)

types of information related to covered property that should be included in the database;

(C)

an interface by which accessibility to the database for all users will be appropriately efficient and secure; and

(D)

other information the Director determines necessary to establish and operate the database.

(d)

Federal agencies

(1)

Initial provision of information

Not later than 90 days after the date on which the database is established under subsection (b), the head of an Executive agency shall provide to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in a manner and format to be determined by the Director, such information as the Director determines appropriate with respect to covered property owned, leased, or otherwise managed by the Executive agency.

(2)

Change to information previously provided

In the case of any change to information provided to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy by the head of an Executive agency under paragraph (1), the head of the Executive agency shall provide updated information to the Director not later than 30 days after the date of the change.

(3)

Subsequently acquired property

If an Executive agency acquires covered property after the date on which the database is established under subsection (b), the head of the Executive agency shall provide to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy the information required under paragraph (1) with respect to the covered property not later than 30 days after the date of the acquisition.

(e)

State and local governments

The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall make the database available to State and local governments so that such governments may provide to the Director for inclusion in the database similar information to the information required under paragraph (1) regarding covered property owned, leased, or otherwise managed by such governments.

(f)

Database updates

(1)

Timely inclusion

After the establishment of the database, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy shall ensure that information provided under subsection (d) or subsection (e) is included in the database not later than 7 days after the date on which the Director receives the information.

(2)

Date of addition or update

Information in the database relating to covered property shall include the date on which the information was added or most recently updated.

(g)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy seeks public comment under subsection (c)(1), the Director shall submit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report on the progress in establishing the database under this section. The Director shall update the report annually until the date that the database is fully operational.

10.

Reallocation incentives

(a)

In general

Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Commission, the Director of OMB, and the head of each affected Federal agency (or a designee thereof) shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report that includes legislative or regulatory recommendations to incentivize a Federal entity to relinquish, or share with Federal or non-Federal users, Federal spectrum for the purpose of allowing commercial wireless broadband services to operate on that Federal spectrum.

(b)

Post-Auction payments

(1)

Report

In preparing the report under subsection (a), the Secretary shall—

(A)

consider whether permitting eligible Federal entities that are implementing a transition plan submitted under section 113(h) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(h)) to accept payments could result in access to the eligible frequencies that are being reallocated for exclusive non-Federal use or shared use sooner than would otherwise occur without such payments; and

(B)

include the findings under subparagraph (A), including the analysis under paragraph (2) and any recommendations for legislation, in the report.

(2)

Analysis

In considering payments under paragraph (1)(A), the Secretary shall conduct an analysis of whether and how such payments would affect—

(A)

bidding in auctions conducted under section 309(j) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 309(j)) of such eligible frequencies; and

(B)

receipts collected from the auctions described in subparagraph (A).

(3)

Definitions

In this subsection:

(A)

Payment

The term payment means a payment in cash or in-kind by any auction winner, or any person affiliated with an auction winner, of eligible frequencies during the period after eligible frequencies have been reallocated by competitive bidding under section 309(j) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 309(j)) but prior to the completion of relocation or sharing transition of such eligible frequencies per transition plans approved by the Technical Panel.

(B)

Eligible frequencies

The term eligible frequencies has the meaning given the term in section 113(g)(2) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(g)(2)).

11.

Bidirectional sharing study

(a)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, including an opportunity for public comment, the Commission, in collaboration with the NTIA, shall—

(1)

conduct a bidirectional sharing study to determine the best means of providing Federal entities flexible access to non-Federal spectrum on a shared basis across a range of short-, mid-, and long-range timeframes, including for intermittent purposes like emergency use; and

(2)

submit to Congress a report on the study under paragraph (1), including any recommendations for legislation or proposed regulations.

(b)

Considerations

In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Commission shall consider how to balance the regulatory certainty that commercial spectrum users and Federal entities need to make longer-term investment decisions for shared access to be viable.

12.

Unlicensed services in guard bands

(a)

In general

After a feasibility assessment and public notice and comment, and in consultation with the Secretary and the head of each affected Federal agency (or a designee thereof), the Commission shall adopt rules that permit unlicensed services where feasible to use any frequencies that are designated as guard bands to protect frequencies allocated after the date of enactment of this Act by competitive bidding under section 309(j) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 309(j)), including spectrum that acts as a duplex gap between transmit and receive frequencies.

(b)

Limitation

The Commission may not permit any use of a guard band under this section that would cause harmful interference to a licensed service or a Federal service operating in the guard band or in an adjacent band.

(c)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting the Commission or the Secretary from making spectrum available for licensed or unlicensed use under section 3 or available for unlicensed use in any spectrum band under existing rules and regulations.

13.

Pre-auction funding

Section 118(d)(3)(B)(i)(II) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 928(d)(3)(B)(i)(II)) is amended by striking 5 years and inserting 8 years.

14.

Immediate transfer of funds

Section 118(e)(1) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 928(e)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(D)

At the request of an eligible Federal entity, the Director of OMB may transfer the amount under subparagraph (A) immediately—

(i)

after the frequencies are reallocated by competitive bidding under section 309(j) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 309(j)); or

(ii)

in the case of an incumbent Federal entity that is incurring relocation or sharing costs to accommodate sharing spectrum frequencies with another Federal entity, after the frequencies from which the other eligible Federal entity is relocating are reallocated by competitive bidding under section 309(j) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 309(j)), without regard to the availability of such sums in the Fund.

(E)

Prior to the deposit of proceeds into the Fund from an auction, the Director of OMB may borrow from the Treasury the amount under subparagraph (A) for a transfer under subparagraph (D). The Treasury shall immediately be reimbursed, without interest, from funds deposited into the Fund.

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15.

Amendments to the Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015

Section 1008 of the Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015 (Public Law 114–74; 129 Stat. 584) is amended in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by inserting , after an opportunity for public comment, after the Commission.

16.

Rules of construction

(a)

Ranges of frequencies

Each range of frequencies described in this Act shall be construed to be inclusive of the upper and lower frequencies in the range.

(b)

Assessment of electromagnetic spectrum reallocation

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect any requirement under section 156 of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 921 note), as added by section 1062(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000.

17.

Relationship to Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit, restrict, or circumvent in any way the implementation of the nationwide public safety broadband network defined in section 6001 of title VI of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (47 U.S.C. 1401) or any rules implementing that network under title VI of that Act (47 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.).