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Tribal Nations

NTIA is committed to increasing broadband Internet access across America, particularly in unserved and underserved communities. BroadbandUSA and NTIA serve federally recognized tribal governments and Hawaiian home lands that seek to expand broadband connectivity and promote digital inclusion through solution-neutral guides and resources, group technical assistance, interagency coordination, and administration of grant programs.

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October 2022 IIJA Tribal Consultation Recordings 10-28-2022

Dear Tribal Leader for Digital Equity Act Program Consultations on October 18 and 20, 2022 10-7-2022

September 2022 IIJA Tribal Consultation Recordings 10-3-2022

Dear Tribal Leader for IIJA Tribal Consultation on September 12, 14, and 16, 2022 08-18-2022

 

Resource Categories

Tribal Consultations

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program Awards

Webinar Recordings

State Engagement

Mapping Resources

Additional Resources

Contact

 

Tribal Consultations

In order to ensure the TBCP is as effective as possible, NTIA is holding virtual government-to-government Tribal Consultation sessions in 2021 and 2022 requesting Tribal Leader input on the implementation of the program and grants. Session agendas are structured based on topics including eligibility, equitable distribution, historic preservation and environmental assessment, unserved areas, reporting requirements, and tribal lands.

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Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP)

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, provides new sources of tribal broadband funding to assist in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which is exacerbating the digital divide across Indian Country. With the designated funding, NTIA is developing the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP), a $1 billion program directed to tribal governments to be used for broadband deployment on tribal lands, as well as for telehealth, distance learning, broadband affordability, and digital inclusion. Entities eligible for TBCP grants include tribal governments, tribal organizations, TCUs, the Native Hawaiian Community, and Native Corporations.

For information about awards made and available resources, visit the TBCP program page

TBCP Webinar Recordings:

NTIA hosted a series of webinars from April through August 2021 in connection with the three new broadband grant programs authorized and funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, including the TBCP. Please visit BroadbandUSA's Events page in order to register for upcoming webinars.

Recordings, transcripts and presentations from Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program webinars:

TBCP Post-Award Reporting Walkthrough Recordings:

TBCP Post-Award Training: Reporting for Planning, Feasibility, and Sustainability Studies Projects:

TBCP Post-Award Training: Reporting for Use and Adoption Projects:

TBCP Post-Award Training: Reporting for Infrastructure Deployment Projects: 

Additional Webinars:

NTIA continues to hold webinars around topics beyond the TBCP but relevant to tribal governments:

State Engagement

The Tribal Broadband Leaders Network (TBLN) will allow NTIA to receive ongoing feedback on our Tribal grant program, while connecting Tribal leaders across the country to share priorities and best practices, discuss emerging telecommunications policy issues, and identify engagement strategies with state broadband leaders. This forum for Tribal leaders will be essential to improving communication time between Tribes, states, and the federal government.  

The TBLN will host monthly meetings with Tribal leaders and those authorized to speak on their behalf. Invitations to join the network were sent to Tribal leaders across the country.

For more information, contact Matt Rogotzke, mrogotzke@ntia.gov

Mapping Resources

NTIA Resources

The Indicators of Broadband Need Map was created by the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The map uses several different data sources to show information on broadband availability within the United States and includes a layer that shows areas designated as American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian areas by the U.S. Census in 2020. 

Additional resources are available on the Data & Mapping page

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Additional Resources

TBCP Sec 106 NHPA Notification:

The FCC and NTIA are currently collaborating on a plan to continue NTIA's access to the FCC's Tower Construction Notification System (TCNS) to meet its Section 106 responsibilities for the new NTIA grant programs. In anticipation of the upcoming project award notifications in the coming months, Tribes are encouraged to have their Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO) review, and, where necessary, update their TCNS contact information and areas of interest by November 30, 2021.

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Tribal Broadband Planning Toolkit

BroadbandUSA’s Tribal Broadband Planning Toolkit provides guidance and resources to design, implement, and execute a broadband plan in tribal communities. Designed for interactive use, the toolkit walks users through seven basic, common elements that serve as the building blocks of a tribal broadband plan, each with a dedicated worksheet and a tab in an accompanying, downloadable Excel-based template.

 

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Team Contact Information

Please send general inquiries to TBCP@ntia.gov

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