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The Confederated Tribes Of The Colville Reservation
FCC Consumer Broadband Test

The IT Division is soliciting the assistance from the Colville Confederated Tribes residents who reside in the following reservation communities; Nespelem and Inchelium.

 If you are receiving DSL broadband services from CenturyLink, we are asking for VOLUNTEERS to participate in an “FCC Consumer Broadband Test” from your home computer.

 Please go to http://www.broadband.gov/qualitytest/

 1.    Complete the form for your “Home”

2.    Click on “Begin Test”

3.    Print the “Consumer Broadband Test Results”

 Attached please find an example of the FCC Consumer Broadband Test steps as a reference point.

 We would like to have these test results by close of business on March 2, 2012 on Friday.  We are also willing to send IT Division staff to assist with the test as well.

 The results can be physically dropped off to the IT Division office, emailed or faxed to (509) 634-2235.  Send emailed results to Susie Allen, IT Project Manager at susie.allen@colvilletribes.com

 Please be sure to handwrite your FULL NAME, PHYSICAL ADDRESS, MAILING ADDRESS and TELEPHONE NUMBER on the TEST RESULTS.

 The data gathered will be utilized for the National Congress of American Indians / Federal Communications Commission All-Tribes Annual meeting on March 9, 2012 in Washington D.C.


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.