Federal Communications Commission

Broadband Deployment and Adoption on Tribal Lands

September 24th, 2009 by Shana Barehand - and Steve Klitzman

We know that Tribal lands are among the most unserved/underserved areas of the country with respect to broadband deployment and adoption.  This is why we issued a Public Notice seeking comment on specific barriers to broadband deployment and adoption in Indian Country or Tribal lands and how they can be reduced or eliminated.  Also, we posted this blog to facilitate the exchange of information on these important issues, and encourage all parties - Tribal organizations and members as well as broadband providers, academics, state and local government authorities and the public - to submit comments on the record and postings on this blog.

We are particularly interested in:

  • Any quantitative data, studies, or analyses on the current extent of broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands;
  • Specific suggestions for solutions to the problems with broadband deployment, adoption, and use on Tribal lands;
  • Promoting digital literacy and education on Tribal lands;
  • Whether subsidizing the costs of computers, related equipment, and broadband service for low income consumers would increase broadband accessibility, adoption, and use on Tribal lands, and by how much;
  • The percent of Tribal community centers, schools and households that are passed by: a) fixed telephony; b) mobile telephony; c) cable services, and d) satellite services;
  • Any other information that would help us better understand accessibility, affordability, and usage problems regarding broadband on Tribal lands.
Please read the Public Notice and file comments using either ECFS Express or our standard submission page if you need to attach a file.  Please note that your comments should reference NBP Public Notice #5 (DA 09-2093).

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