FCC Briefing and Listening Session on Transforming Communications for Tribes:
Updates on Broadband Deployment, Broadcast, Voice, and Lifeline Services
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: L’Enfant Plaza Hotel | 480 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W. | Washington, DC 20024. Room: Monet 4
Developments at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have created new opportunities and roles for Tribes and Native businesses in broadband, wireless, and broadcast services. Senior staff from the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy, along with key officials from FCC Bureaus, will provide a briefing on developments at the FCC affecting Tribes and the sweeping policy changes taking place in Indian Country. FCC experts will be on hand to answer questions about these developments and listen to Tribal leaders who wish to share their concerns about the communications needs and challenges facing Tribes and Native Communities.
Issues covered during the briefing will include: new reforms for broadband deployment; the new Connect America Fund, Mobility Fund, and Tribal Mobility Fund rules and what they mean for Tribes and Native Communities; the new Tribal Priority rules for broadcast licensing in FM commercial radio and how they will make it easier to establish radio stations serving Native Communities; FCC regulatory proposals to promote greater use of wireless services over Tribal Lands and wireless spectrum licensing for Tribal Nations; the new universal service Lifeline and Link Up rules and what they mean for Tribal lands; the FCC’s comprehensive Native Nations Notice of Inquiry, which looks into the needs of Native Nations and Communities in communications funding opportunities, regulatory mechanisms, and future policy development to support economic opportunities in Native America; and plans by ONAP to facilitate participation in FCC proceedings by Tribal Nations, Native Communities, and their representatives.