Speedy FCC Process May Keep Tribes Out Of 2.5 GHz Band

Law360 (October 18, 2019, 5:37 PM EDT) -- Some tribal and educational advocates expressed concerned Friday that the Federal Communications Commission is undercutting a planned spectrum giveaway to Native American communities by giving them too little time and information to claim the resources.

Mariel Triggs, chief operating officer of tribal internet organization Mural Net, said during a D.C. panel event that the FCC is trying to speed up the process for allocating 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses to tribes so it can move onto auctioning the band to commercial mobile providers. Specifically, the FCC asked to expedite procedures for the spectrum reallocation as an "emergency," and it will likely only give...

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