Should Congress extend the tribal broadband application deadline for Native American and Native Hawaiian tribes?
• “Far too many Native communities lack reliable internet access, shutting them out of a 21st-century economy and limiting their access to life-saving services. This crisis is even more urgent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FCC should have recognized this and extended its last Rural Tribal Priority Window by at least 180 days. But it didn’t, so Congresswoman Haaland and I are leading this bill to give Tribal Nations a real chance at increasing their internet access.” Source: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Democrat, Massachusetts)
The Deploying the Internet by Guaranteeing Indian Tribes Autonomy over Licensing on Reservations Act (DIGITAL) Reservations Act expands the FCC’s Tribal Broadband application deadline, preserving Native American and Native Hawaiian autonomy of access to spectrum over Tribal lands. This act also recognizes the exclusive authority of Indians and Native Hawaiians over the electromagnetic spectrum on Tribal land. Sponsor: Rep. Deb Haaland (Democrat, New Mexico, District 1)
- Haaland, Warren Introduce Legislation to Expand Tribal Broadband Application Deadline (Press Release)
- Deb Haaland and Elizabeth Warren Introduce DIGITAL Reservations Act (Native News Online)
- Warren, Haaland Take Historic Step to Affirm Native Nations’ Ownership of Broadband Spectrum on Their Lands (Press Release)
- The DIGITAL Reservations Act: A Practical Answer to Tribal Connectivity Today (Institute for Local Self-Reliance)