2.5 GHz Band Rural Tribal Window
The Federal Communications Commission is providing an opportunity for federally recognized tribes in eligible rural areas to apply for a portion of the 2.5 GHz band, which is suitable for mobile and broadband coverage. Tribal applicants may apply for any of the spectrum in these channels that is not currently licensed to another entity.
Two years after the license is granted, licensees must submit evidence that they are providing access to service coverage to 50% of the population in their license area. Five years after the license is granted, licensees must show that they are providing access to service coverage to 80% of the population.
Federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Villages in rural areas may apply.
Rural is defined as an area that does not include an urbanized area with a population greater than 50,000 people, according to Census Bureau data.
The opportunity has no monetary award associated with it.
Successful applicants in the Rural Tribal Window will receive a license from the FCC to use their spectrum. This license comes with certain conditions and requirements.
The application window is open between February 3, 2020 and September 2, 2020. Choose the application information tab from the program website for application preparation information.
Contact RuralTribalWindow@fcc.gov with questions and technical assistance needs.
First Nations Development Institute is offering applicant webinars for the Rural Tribal Window. Consult the program page for registration information.
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