FCC Announces Tribal Mobility Fund Requirements

FCC Announces Tribal Mobility Fund Requirements

On August 7, 2013, the FCC published requirements for the Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I and rescheduled the date for the Phase I auction for December 19, 2013. Tribes and tribally-owned telecommunications providers have expressed concerns that they may not be eligible to participate in this Fund because certain requirements for the Fund may be too restrictive. A specific concern relates to the letter of credit criterion, which is difficult for many tribes to secure given that accessing capital in Indian Country remains a key barrier to tribes achieving their economic potential. Please note that this requirement is listed at 187 in the full text of the FCC announcement attached below.

FCC Tribal Mobility Fund Notice (08-07-13)

In addition, please see NCAI resolution REN-13-064 supporting the establishment of a Tribal Broadband Fund, which also includes tribal concerns about the Tribal Mobility Fund by clicking here.