Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission authorized support over the next decade for maintaining, improving, and expanding affordable broadband in 44,243 homes and businesses on Tribal lands nationwide. In most of these Tribal homes and businesses – 37,281 of them – carriers must deliver speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps. The authorization on Tribal lands in 13 states was part of a nationwide authorization of over $4.9 billion in support over the next decade for 455,334 homes and businesses served by 171 carriers in 39 states and American Samoa.
The week of Aug 12, Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks visited Tribal communities in New Mexico where he discussed the challenges of internet inequality with House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and community leaders. Commissioner Starks toured the Pueblos of San Felipe and Santo Domingo with Rep Luján, visited the Mescalero Apache Tribe with members of the NM Public Regulation Commission, and met with the leadership of the To’Hajiilee Navajo Chapter.