Policy Alert: Upcoming Tribal Consultations on the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants Program

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Policy Alert: Upcoming Tribal Consultations on the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants Program

February 3, 2021


On February 2, 2021, The Department of Commerce released a Dear Tribal Leader Letter announcing a tribal consultation series on the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants Program established by H.R. 133 The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The program provides $1 billion in federal grants funding to tribal governments, tribal colleges and universities, tribal organizations, ANCs, and the Department of Hawaiian homelands to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating the digital divide across Indian Country. 

The Act directs the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to make grants available to eligible entities within short time frames. Tribal leaders are invited to participate in the National Tribal Consultation to provide their advice and insights as NTIA staff work through the critical issues related to the program regarding implementation and administration. Click here to learn more about the program and review the consultation agenda.

The schedule and registration for the three National Tribal Consultation sessions are as follows:

 

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Friday, February 5, 2021

1:00 EST - 5:00 EST

Register Here


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

1:00 EST - 5:00 EST

Register Here


Friday. February 12, 2021

1:00 EST - 5:00 EST

Register Here


Interested parties can also submit written comments to broadbandusa@ntia.gov with the subject line: "Tribal Broadband Grant Program" by 6:00 pm EST February 11, 2021. 


For questions regarding the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants Program or these consultation sessions, contact Jean Rice at jrice@nita.gov or (703) 655-4614.For any other questions or concerns, please contact Ellie Beckett at ellie@nafoa.org or (202) 841-3373.