Dear Tribal Leader Letters

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Published Editions

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

One USAC

11/25/2020
  • The First Dear Tribal Leader Letter
  • Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month
  • USAC has launched a specific Tribal Nations webpage

Universal Service Fund Programs

Schools and Libraries (E-Rate) Program

In addition to the following Dear Tribal Leader Letters, 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
  • New 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
  • Clarifying Tribal Library Eligibility
  • Tribal Frequently Asked Questions

Lifeline Program

2022

2/18/2022 3/9/2022 5/2/2022 5/25/2022
  • 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
  • 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 Information
  • Lifeline Tribal Stakeholder Teleconference Overview
  • Dear Tribal Stakeholder Information
  • The Federal Lifeline Program’s New Tribal Toolkit

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
  • ACP Enhanced Tribal Benefit Information and Resources
  • About the ACP
  • ACP Enhanced Tribal Benefit Eligibility and ACP Tribal Lands Definition

2021

4/13/2021 5/12/2021
  • EBB program Enhanced Tribal Benefit Webinar
  • EBB program Launch Information

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 Information for Tribal Governments
  • ECP Program Opens
    Second Application Filing Window
  • Status of the First ECF Application Filing Window