|The Tribal Training initiative was created to help Tribal applicants participate effectively in the E-rate Program. Our goal is to reduce the digital divide and promote high-speed broadband connectivity to Native schools and libraries.
The E-rate Program Tribal Liaison is a member of the Schools and Libraries Program staff who can help you navigate the program, help solve and prevent funding issues, answer questions, provide training materials and guidance, and more.
E-rate Success in the Tribal Community
The Tribal Liaison hosts a monthly call for Native 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 first or second Wednesday of each month. Schedule changes will be noted below.
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 the Tribal Liaison.
The 2018 live trainings are complete. You can find the presentations in our archive.
2019 Schedule: TBD
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: TBD – 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.
If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to our Tribal Liaison, Mackenzie Howard.
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