FCC Announces Workshop for Tribal Entities

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced an upcoming two-day workshop for Tribal governments, Tribal employees and Tribal members to be held November 14-15. The workshop will include an introduction to the Commission, including an overview of its mission and structure. There will also be a presentation on the results of the recent Connect America Fund Phase II auction, as well as the status of the upcoming Mobility Fund Phase II auction.

The workshop will also provide information on new programs the Commission is considering, such as the Connected Care Pilot Program announced in a recent Notice of Inquiry (NOI). The NOI sought comment on the creation of a Universal Service Fund program to promote the use of broadband-enabled telehealth services among low-income consumers. Additionally, the workshop will include a presentation on the Broadcast Incubator Program, which seeks to assist new, small, or struggling AM and FM radio stations through mentoring by larger AM and FM broadcast radio station operators.

There will also be presentations on other Commission proceedings and programs of Tribal interest, including overviews of the Universal Service Fund, the Tribal Radio Priority, and the Tribal Engagement Obligation. Other regulations and programs affecting Tribal interests will also be addressed. In addition, there will be an opportunity for government-to-government consultations with Tribal leaders or their designees in a collaborative and constructive environment.

The workshop will be held November 14-15, 2018 at the Nez Perce Reservation, 17500 Nez Perce Road, Lewiston, ID 83501. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. on both days. To register for the workshop, send your name, title, Tribal affiliation, and contact information to FCCNezPerceWorkshop@fcc.gov.

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