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First Nations Development Institute

So far, 154 tribes have received their Federal Communications Commission 2.5GHz license, enabling them to take control of a critical asset and decide their own digital future. With the Federal Communications Commission awarding more licenses in the coming months, it’s time to focus on next steps.

If your tribe applied and is ready to move forward, take advantage of First Nations’ new series of interactive, online resources designed to help identify funding and explore next steps to building out or leasing the 2.5GHz network. The series launches with this new webinar:

Funding Broadband in Indian Country
Tuesday, November 17, 1 to 3 pm, Mountain Time
Register here!

Join panelists as they provide tribal staff and leadership with insights and information on current and future funding mechanisms, strategy, appropriate resources for each stage in the process, and timing. Panelists include:

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* Forest James, CEO of EnerTribe, who will bring insights on successfully funding and managing tribal broadband projects at different stages and sizes

* Matthew Rantanen, Director of IT of the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association and Arcadian Infracom, who will provide a tribal IT perspective, sharing tangible, on-the-ground information on accessing established funding, and planning projects around federal funding cycles

* Sascha Meinrath, Palmer Chair in Telecommunications at Penn State, who will share the latest developments in tribal broadband policy-making and future tribal broadband funding prospects at the federal level

Tribes: Congratulations and please watch for future entries in our Tribal Broadband Resource Series on accessing, building out, or leasing this important license.

For more information, contact:

Tiffany Hammer, First Nations Senior Program Officer
thammer@firstna​ or (303) 774-7836

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