FCC Holds Tribal Priority Window for 2.5GHz Band Auction in 2020

NIGA Member Tribes

Ernest L. Stevens Jr., Chairman
Jason Giles, Executive Director
Danielle Her Many Horses, Deputy Director/General Counsel

FCC Holds Tribal Priority Window for 2.5GHz Band Auction in 2020
December 6th, 2019

On Monday, December 2, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a public notice announcing the start of the Rural Tribal Priority Window for the 2.5GHz band public auction to begin on February 3, 2020. This window gives Tribal nations and tribally owned/controlled entities the opportunity to apply for the 2.5 GHz Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum, prior to public access to the auction. This window will last for 182 days and will be accompanied with six months of outreach and education from the FCC to Tribal Nations on eligibility in the auction and aid with applications.

The FCC lifted requirements that the EBS spectrum only be licensed to educational or non-profit entities and approved an order in July of this year to enable federally recognized tribal nations to claim this spectrum, the 2.5 GHz band, over their lands. The EBS spectrum was initially licensed to educational entities and large portions of this spectrum remain unassigned.

Please access the webinar below for more information about the history, process, and steps of the tribal priority window in the FCC 2.5GHz band auction: wbklaw.com/uploads//10_17_19%20The%202_5%20GHz%20Tribal%20Opportunity%20Webinar(1.mp4 text: https://www.wbklaw.com/uploads//10_17_19%20The%202_5%20GHz%20Tribal%20Opportunity%20Webinar(1).mp4).
To determine whether you have EBS spectrum available on your lands, visit https://www.fcc.gov/25-ghz-rural-tribal- maps and search for your tribe or the area of your tribally-owned/controlled entity. If you do not see eligible land for your tribe or tribally-owned/controlled entity, you may email RuralTribalWindow@fcc.gov to see if you qualify for the tribal priority window.
In addition, the FCC will host a workshop in Washington, DC, on January 14, 2020. If you are interested in attending this workshop or have any questions or concerns with this alert, please feel free to reach out to Danielle Her Many Horses at dhermanyhorses@indiangaming.org or Chelsea Blake at cblake@indiangaming.org.