Supporting Tribes’ Efforts to Access and Leverage the 2.5GHz Opportunity
As Native communities work to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for reliable internet service in Indian Country has gained renewed attention. Now more than ever, rural Native Communities must have access to dependable, high-speed internet for emergency communications, telehealth, and online business and economic development, as well as education, outreach, and social connection.
Many tribes may not be aware that there is currently an opportunity to claim and use the unassigned internet spectrum that is already running across their lands.
The FCC 2.5GHz Rural Tribal Window is an exclusive opportunity for rural tribes to take control of their digital communication infrastructure and build out their own internet networks, or lease or sell the spectrum to other internet service providers. Possibilities include:
- Build tribally owned wireless service for government, health and emergency services
- Expand reliable high-speed internet to tribal communities for home and business use
- Create funding for other tribal priorities by leasing or selling the 2.5GHz license to other wireless service providers
The deadline for tribes to apply for the 2.5GHz license has been extended to 6 pm (Eastern) on September 2, 2020. The application process is free.
Free Informational Webinars
First Nations is hosting a series of informational webinars to break down the FCC Rural Tribal Window application process and discuss the many advantages for tribes to control their own broadband spectrum and wireless networks.
Past webinars (Recordings and presentation slides can be accessed here.)
Webinar 1- Informational: June 25, 2020
Webinar 2- Informational: July 9, 2020
This panel-led discussion gave attendees a better understanding of the Rural Tribal Window opportunity and application process, as well as the potential uses for the 2.5GHz license. Time was allotted to discuss the application in more depth.
Webinar 3- Application Walk-Through: July 16
This webinar was for Tribes that understood the opportunity and were ready to apply. A panel of subject matter experts walked Tribes through the application line by line. Attendees were encouraged to have the application open and ready to fill out. Time was allotted for Q&A.
Webinar 4- Application Walk-Through and Troubleshooting: July 20
This webinar was a second opportunity for Tribes that were ready to apply to walk through the application line by line with subject matter experts. This webinar also included time for troubleshooting known issues with the application and waiver process, and for Q&A.
Webinar 5- Application Walk-Through, August 18
Act now during this limited deadline extension!
This 2.5GHz Rural Tribal Window opportunity now expires September 2, 2020, and represents a singular opportunity to exercise tribal sovereignty and bring or expand high-speed internet for your community.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.