The FCC recently announced that it is seeking applications for membership on its newly created FCC-Native Nations Broadband Task Force. The Task Force was among the National Broadband Plan’s key recommendations for increasing broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands (see our detailed summary of the Plans' recommendations for Tribal lands here).
The Task Force will be comprised of representatives from Native American governments and FCC staff. The FCC plans to rely on the Task Force to help develop a policy for ensuring Native American governments’ concerns are addressed in broadband-related proceedings, to recommend ways to better promote broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands, and to help coordinate broadband policies across the Federal government.
The FCC specified that members of the Task Force should plan to serve for two years and that applicants must disclose any connections they may have to entities regulated by the FCC. Applications are due by July 15th.