Schools and Libraries (E-Rate)

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Trainings & Outreach

Tribal Training

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.

1:59 minutes
E-rate Success in the Tribal Community

Monthly Call

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 PM ET on the first or second Wednesday of each month. Schedule changes will be noted below.

2018 Schedule

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 the Tribal Liaison.

USAC Tribal Applicant Trainings

2018 Schedule

Join us at a day of E-rate Program training designed for schools and libraries on Tribal lands. These full-day, regional events are designed to help Tribal applicants and Tribally-owned service providers prepare for the upcoming funding year. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the E-rate Program, receive Tribal-specific guidance and speak with USAC's Tribal Liaison. During the training you'll have time to ask questions and hear directly from the E-rate Program team on key topics important to successful participation in the program.

The training in Omaha will be the first of the series. The session for Tribal applicants will be held the morning of Tuesday, November 13. Registrants have the option to attend the regularly scheduled fall applicant training (open to all applicants), which includes a beginner session the afternoon of November 13 and a regular session with breakouts for beginners and advanced program participants on Wednesday, November 14.

The full-day sessions in Farmington and Spokane will be focused on Tribal training and information for beginners.

  • Omaha, NE – Tuesday, November 13
  • Spokane, WA – Wednesday, November 28
  • Farmington, NM – Friday, November 30

Additional Information

Use the password provided in your confirmation email to change or cancel your registration. If you cannot locate your confirmation email, contact the USAC Training team.

If you have any special needs (i.e. mobility, visual, or hearing) please inform USAC at least one week prior to the training.

Location Information

Omaha, NE

Creighton University Harper Center , Ahmanson Ballroom

2500 California Plaza
Harper Center, 4th Floor
Omaha, NE 68178

Transportation & Parking:
Creighton University is located in downtown Omaha, NE. Metro Transit Omaha Bus 24 drops off at the corner of California and 24th Streets. Complimentary parking for the Harper Center is available in the visitor's lot on the south side of the building, just off 20th Street between Burt and Cass Streets. Additional parking is on the top deck of the law school parking structure, the Lied Education Center for the Arts visitor's lot at 23rd and Cass Streets and the top deck of the 24th and California parking structure. For more information, please see the Creighton University Parking and Directions page.

Closest Airport:
Omaha Eppley Airfield (OMA)

Spokane, WA

Spokane Community College, Sasquatch Room

1810 N Greene Street
Lair Student Center
Spokane, WA 99217

Transportation & Parking:
Spokane Community College is located in east Spokane, WA. All event parking patrons are required to purchase a 1-day parking pass for $3 at the parking kiosk located in Parking Lot 1 off of Mission Ave. For more information, please see the SCC Campus Map.

Closest Airport:
Spokane International Airport (GEG)

Farmington, NM

San Juan College, Room 9006

4601 College Boulevard
Henderson Fine Arts Building
Farmington, NM 87402

Transportation & Parking:
San Jan College is located in Farmington, NM. All event parking patrons should park in Parking Lot B off of Campus Ave. For more information, please see the SJC Campus Map.

Closest Airport:
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)

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: Lewiston, ID (The Nez Perce Reservation) – November 14-15


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, reach out to our Tribal Liaison, Mackenzie Howard.

Send an email Call at (202) 772-4535