Native Americans Fear New FCC Rules Could Force Them Offline


WASHINGTON — Some Native Americans are voicing concern that a recent decision by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could leave many low-income communities on tribal lands offline. The FCC voted November 16 to scale back its Lifeline assistance program, which since the 1980s has provided phone and internet services at a discount to low-income Americans,

2017 Fall Finance Finance & Tribal Economies Conference


2017 Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference October 1-3, 2017 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM We look forward to seeing you October 2-3, 2017, for NAFOA’s 2017 Fall Finance & Tribal Economies Conference at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, OK. The fall conference is an opportunity to meet with tribal leaders, federal agencies, and

Tribal Consultation with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai


The FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau are hosting a Tribal Consultation with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and staff from the Chairman’s office along with senior FCC staff from ONAP and WTB on issues addressed in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry entitled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by

Net Neutrality Repeal Has Rural Impact


The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) move to repeal Net Neutrality and classification of Broadband Internet as a Title II Telecommunications Service could have significant impact on rural America, where the digital divide is already the largest. In this edition of Mountain Talk, host Mimi Pickering explores potential impacts with economist Roberto Gallardo from Mississippi State University

Chairman Pai on the Future of Broadband in the Lifeline Program


STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN AJIT PAI On the Future of Broadband in the Lifeline Program WASHINGTON, March 29, 2017 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement today: “I support including broadband in the Lifeline program to help provide affordable, high-speed Internet access for our nation’s poorest families.  Indeed, I worked hard

Congressional Hearings Focus on Tribal Priorities


AIPI March 2017 Legislative Update Last month, a number of Congressional Committees held hearings to begin developing recommendations for tribal infrastructure priorities, confirmation hearings started for Judge Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and actions were taken on 41 Congressional bills and five administrative actions on issues such as infrastructure,

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