2.5 GHz: An Opportunity to Exercise Your Tribal Authority

Merit Network

06/15/2020 - 12:00 to 13:00
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The FCC is responsible for managing and licensing the electromagnetic spectrum for commercial and non-commercial users. When this project was first known as the Education Broadcast Service (EBS) spectrum, the 2.5GHz plan was underutilized, resulting in a recall and subsequent auctioning to the highest bidder. Sustained efforts from members of Indian Country and its Inter-Tribal organizations, peers, friends and advocacy groups resulted in the creation of the “Tribal Priority.” For the first time in history, Tribal Nations have an exclusive opportunity to secure unassigned eligible mid-band 2.5 GHz spectrum over rural tribal lands to provide advanced broadband wireless services, including 5G.

This webinar will explore the 2.5GHz specturm and its potential impact on tribal nations across the U.S.

Matthew R. Rantanen, Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Director, Tribal Digital Village (TDVNet) Network Initiative