Tribe Fears FCC Funding Will Preclude Spectrum Project

By Kelcee Griffis (February 19, 2021, 7:23 PM EST) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is sounding alarm bells at the Federal Communications Commission over two potentially conflicting broadband initiatives on its reservation: a tribal wireless internet project in the 2.5 GHz band and a gigabit fiber broadband project recently awarded to a group of rural electric cooperatives.

The Colorado-based tribe told the FCC in a Thursday letter that it claimed 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses that cover the reservation last year, hoping to become a primary source of internet access for locals who have struggled to get online. However, the tribe recently discovered that the FCC auctioned off local broadband coverage...

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