FCC Issues First Licenses from 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window

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FCC Issues First Licenses from 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window

October 29, 2020

On, October 23, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued the first set of spectrum licenses through the agency's 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window to various tribes and tribal entities across the United States and issued a press release.

The 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window was open from February 3, 2020 and ended on September 2, 2020. This was after the FCC extended the deadline by 30 days in consideration of the current health and economic crisis.

Many advocates in Indian Country, including NAFOA, urged Congress to act and include a 180-day extension of the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window in the next tranche of COVID-19 legislation.

The FCC received over 400 applications to obtain overlay licenses for unassigned 2.5 GHz band spectrum to help address tribal connectivity needs.
 

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The FCC granted 154 tribes or tribal entities use of the 2.5 GHz band, click here for the full list by licensee name and by licensee state. The FCC continues to review and process all applications filed in the priority window.

All applicants should monitor the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS) and the Daily Digest for notification of actions taken on their applications. The FCC has indicated on their 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window Update page, "individual notifications may not be provided; you [applicant] will need to check regularly for notification in the ULS and the Daily Digest."

For a background on spectrum we encourage you to review NAFOA's earlier broadcast on this issue by clicking here.

NAFOA will continue to monitor this issue and advocate for further accommodation given the current health and economic crisis.
For any other questions or concerns, please contact Emery Real Bird, Financial Management Policy Specialist, at Emery@nafoa.org or (202) 945-7750.