Tribal Training

USAC created the Tribal Training initiative to help E-rate Program applicants on Native American lands participate effectively in the E-rate Program. Our goal is to reduce the digital divide and promote high-speed broadband connectivity to Tribal schools and libraries.

Members of the E-rate Program staff are available to help Tribal applicants navigate the program, assist with solving and preventing funding issues, answer questions, provide training materials and guidance, and more.

Monthly Call

E-Rate Program staff hosts a monthly call for Tribal E-rate Program applicants to receive deadline reminders and guidance on special topics, hear program updates, ask questions, and benefit from listening to other applicants’ questions. The feedback collected during these calls helps shape our outreach initiative.

Monthly calls are generally held at 4:00 p.m. ET on the second Tuesday of each month. Any schedule changes will be noted below.

2019 Schedule

  • November 12, 2019
  • December 10, 2019

Live Trainings

USAC and the FCC host a variety of free live training events. This section has information on upcoming trainings. If you have questions, please contact us.

USAC Tribal Applicant Trainings

2019 Schedule:

October 16 – Vancouver, WA
November 19 – Tahlequah, OK
November 21 – Farmington, NM

Registration is now open. Visit the 2019 E-rate Trainings registration page to reserve your spot.

FCC Tribal Workshops

The FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP) hosts workshops on Native lands for Tribal governments, Tribal employees and Tribal members. The events include information on new funding designed to support the deployment of broadband service on Tribal lands. They also introduce innovative programs the FCC is considering, such as a new program to promote telehealth services among low-income consumers. Other sessions address special topics, such as Tribal Radio Priority, the Tribal Engagement Obligation and the Broadcast Radio Incubator Program. All workshops are aimed at training and assisting Tribes on developing more robust broadband, telecommunications and broadcast infrastructure to serve Tribal communities.

Some workshops include a concurrent day of E-rate Program training.

Next workshop: November 19-20, 2019 in Blue Lake, CA – for the most up to date information, visit the FCC’s Native Nations website.


Ready to apply? See the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) page for more information.

Are you a Tribally-owned service provider? See the service provider process for more information.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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