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. Auctioning off the air waves on Native American lands to the highest bidder would allow corporations to buy up the resource. This could be disastrous for tribes.


Tribal ownership of the 2.5 GHz band would mean that

  • Tribes would be able to use the spectrum as they see fit
  • 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)
  • Existing infrastructure that use 2.4 GHz unlicensed band can be reconfigured to work on the 2.5 GHz band, resulting in greater speeds and end user devices
  • Telecoms would not own and control the spectrum

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://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/0510125420096/FCC-18-59A1.pdf
  2. Determine what policies are best for your community
  3. Write your comments about Proceeding 18-120 on official letterhead
  4. Before August 8th, upload your comment at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/ or have two copies arrive 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