FCC Opens Spectrum

Native nations can own the 2.5 GHz band on their own land

The FCC is considering giving tribes priority in acquiring new licenses on the 2.5 GHz band, allowing for unprecedented broadband capacity in rural Native communities. It is also considering auctioning off the spectrum and allowing market forces to bring broadband to rural areas.

Tribal ownership of the 2.5 GHz band would mean that tribes could erect their own low-cost LTE networks that can deliver high speed internet to homes. Organizations like Mural Net can help you do this at no cost.

Steps you can take.

  1. Read the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the Transformation of the 2.5 GHz spectrum (Proceeding 18-120) at https://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2018/db0511/FCC-18-59A1.pdf
  2. Determine what policies are best for your community
  3. Write your comments about Proceeding 18-120 on official letterhead. Share what you feel is right. 
  4. Upload comment at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/ or send two copies by mail to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Office of the Secretary, 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-B204, Washington, DC 20554. For more detailed instructions about how to comment, go to https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/how-comment