Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium

FCC Tribal Workshop in Blue Lake, CA, on November 19-20, 2019

FCC Tribal Workshop in Blue Lake, CA, on November 19-20, 2019

The workshop will be conducted at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel, 777 Casino Way, Blue Lake, CA  95525.  This event is designed to provide information that will help Tribal Nations identify and evaluate opportunities to develop more robust broadband, telecommunications, and broadcast infrastructure and services in Tribal communities.

Day one of the workshop, starting at 1:30 p.m. on November 19, is intended to provide a primer on the FCC itself and several core programs.  This will include an overview of how the FCC conducts its regulatory responsibilities, and detail how Tribes can participate in the regulatory process.  FCC staff will also provide presentations highlighting the FCC’s Tribal radio priority and introducing the various Universal Service Fund (USF) programs (e.g., Lifeline, E-rate).  A representative from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will be available to answer questions and provide help with the application process for the USF programs.

Day two, starting at 8:30 a.m. on November 20, will encompass more detailed presentations on a broad range of important FCC programs and policies relevant to Tribal communities.  The agenda will include information on the upcoming Tribal Priority Window in the 2.5 GHz spectrum band, in addition to new spectrum opportunities under consideration that may promote broadband access on Tribal lands, and an open discussion on broadband issues relevant to Tribes.  Additionally, the workshop will include presentations on federal funding opportunities, the Tribal engagement obligation for high cost USF recipients, and public safety issues of concern to Tribal Nations.  Representatives of the US Department of Agriculture and FirstNet have been invited to share information on the programs they manage.

Tribal government leaders, Tribal IT managers, government and community planners and managers, Tribal enterprise specialists, and representatives of Tribal social service agencies, schools, and health clinics are all persons who should consider attending this event.

Registration is free.  Advanced registration is strongly recommended. To register, please send your name, title, Tribal affiliation and contact information to BlueLake@fcc.gov.  For registration information or assistance, please contact Carolyn Conyers, Program Advisor, carolyn.conyers@fcc.gov or 202.418.2002.  Although walk-ins can be accommodated, pre-registering allows us to better prepare, ensure we have adequate space, and get in touch with attendees in the event there are last-minute changes in workshop schedule, agenda, or location. Hotel reservations can be made online at www.bluelakecasino.com or by calling the Blue Lake Casino & Hotel at 1.877.252.2946 x2880, group name “FCC Workshop” or Booking ID #3248.

For questions about the workshop, please contact:  Susan Mort, Legal Advisor, susan.mort@fcc.gov or 202.418.2429.  An agenda will be available at a later date.