FCC Opens Tribal Priority Window In 2.5 GHz Band

By Kelcee Griffis (February 3, 2020, 6:11 PM EST) -- The Federal Communications Commission has opened a long-awaited application window that will allow Native American tribes to claim valuable spectrum licenses that correspond to their often-disconnected and rural lands.

The agency announced Monday that it officially kicked off a six-month period during which tribes may apply for free licenses in the 2.5 GHz band that have long sat unassigned.

"My travels throughout Indian Country have shown me that bringing high-speed connectivity to rural tribal lands can be a game-changer," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. "This is the first time in the FCC's history that we have ever given...

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