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Dear Tribal Leader Letters

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Published Editions

USAC issues Dear Tribal Leader Letters (DTLL) for major program announcements and key updates.  Below is an archived list of DTLLs organized by program.

One USAC

11/25/2020
  • The First DTLL
  • Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month
  • USAC has launched a specific Tribal Nations web page
  • Program Updates
  • USAC Tribal Liaison

Universal Service Fund Programs

Schools and Libraries (E-Rate) Program

In addition to the following DTLLs, the E-Rate program also issues a monthly E-Rate Tribal e-Newsletter.

2022

1/27/2022 3/11/2022
  • FCC Makes It Easier For Tribal Libraries To Get E-Rate Support–Apply Now
  • Tribal Library Order
  • Get Started: Create New Profiles for New Users and Entities
  • FCC WCB Extends the E-Rate Application Deadline for New Tribal Library Applicants to May 26
  • Clarifying Tribal Library Eligibility
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Lifeline Program

2022

2/18/2022 3/9/2022 5/2/2022 5/25/2022
  • Announcing the Lifeline Program’s
    2022 Tribal Training and Open Forum
  • Agenda for Lifeline’s Q1 Tribal Training
    and Open Forum
  • 2022 Lifeline Program’s Tribal Feedback Initiative
  • Suggested Questions to Start the Conversation
  • Lifeline Program’s 2022 Q2 Tribal Training
  • Educational resources for Tribal consumers

2021

5/6/2021 8/5/2021 10/14/2021 12/3/2021
  • Lifeline’s Q2 Tribal webinar
  • Lifeline’s Q3 Tribal Webinar
  • Tribal Users Gain Access to National Verifier
  • Instructions for Requesting Access
  • Shinnecock Indian Reservation Qualifies for
    Lifeline Tribal Lands Benefit
1/21/2021 2/4/2021 2/23/2021 3/3/2021
  • Lifeline Introduces Quarterly Webinars
    for Tribal Partners in 2021
  • Lifeline’s Q1 Tribal Webinar
  • Pamunkey Indian Reservation
    Qualifies for Lifeline Tribal Lands Benefit
  • Follow Up to Lifeline Quarterly Tribal webinar

2020

4/23/2020 10/15/2020
  • Dear Tribal Stakeholder
  • Lifeline Tribal Stakeholder Teleconference
  • Teleconference Topics
    • Update on the Lifeline Tribal Mapping Requirements and Program Guidance for Eligibility
      Verification Purposes
    • FCC COVID-19 Relief Lifeline Consumers and Carriers
  • Dear Tribal Stakeholder
  • The Federal Lifeline Program’s New Tribal Toolkit and More

Congressional Response Programs

Affordable Connectivity Program

Important News: The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new federal program administered by USAC with oversight from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that helps low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices. This long-term, $14.2 billion program was created by Congress in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and replaced the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.

2022

5/27/2022
  • Affordable Connectivity Program Enhanced Tribal Benefit Information and Resources
  • About the Affordable Connectivity Program
  • ACP Enhanced Tribal Benefit Eligibility
  • ACP Tribal Lands Definition
  • Descriptive Addresses Allowed
  • Resources
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Technical Assistance

2021

4/13/2021 5/12/2021
  • Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Enhanced Tribal Benefit Webinar
  • Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Launches Today

Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

2021

6/14/2021 7/30/2021 9/30/2021
  • Information Session for
    Tribal Schools and Tribal Libraries
  • Resources for Tribal Applicants
  • FCC FAQS on Tribal-specific Topics
  • Getting Started for Tribal Governments
  • Tribal Trainings
  • Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Opens
    Second Application Filing Window
  • Status of the First ECF Application Filing Window
  • Tribal Trainings