NTIA is committed to increasing broadband Internet access across America, particularly in unserved and underserved communities. BroadbandUSA and NTIA serve federally recognized tribal governments and Hawaiian home lands that seek to expand broadband connectivity and promote digital inclusion through solution-neutral guides and resources, group technical assistance, interagency coordination, and administration of grant programs.
Tribal Broadband Planning Toolkit
BroadbandUSA’s Tribal Broadband Planning Toolkit provides guidance and resources to design, implement, and execute a broadband plan in tribal communities. Designed for interactive use, the toolkit walks users through seven basic, common elements that serve as the building blocks of a tribal broadband plan, each with a dedicated worksheet and a tab in an accompanying, downloadable Excel-based template.
Tribal Consultations, 2022:
- Post-consultation materials:
- IIJA Tribal Consultation Transcript (March 18, 2022) 04-22-2022
- IIJA Tribal Consultation Recording (March 18, 2022) 04-22-2022
- NTIA Tribal Consultation Summary Report (January 14, 2022) 08-18-2022
- IIJA Tribal Consultation Transcript (January 14, 2022) 02-25-2022
- IIJA Tribal Consultation Recording (January 14, 2022) 03-01-2022
- Pre-consultation materials:
- Dear Tribal Leader for IIJA Tribal Consultation on September 12, 14, and 16, 2022 08-18-2022
- Dear Tribal Leader for IIJA Tribal Consultation on March 18, 2022 02-18-2022
- Dear Tribal Leader for IIJA Tribal Consultation on January 14, 2022 12-28-2021 (Amended 01-14-2022 with comment period extension)
Tribal Consultations, 2021:
In order to ensure the TBCP is as effective as possible, NTIA held three virtual government-to-government Tribal Consultation sessions in February 2021 requesting Tribal Leader input on the implementation of the program and grants. Session agendas were structured based on topics including eligibility, equitable distribution, historic preservation and environmental assessment, unserved areas, reporting requirements, and tribal lands.
- Post-consultation materials:
- Pre-consultation materials:
- Dear Tribal Leader Letter from NTIA Associate Administrator 02-02-2021
- Tribal Consultation Agenda 02-02-2021
- Consultation Policy 05-21-2013
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, provides new sources of tribal broadband funding to assist in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which is exacerbating the digital divide across Indian Country. With the designated funding, NTIA is developing the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP), a $1 billion program directed to tribal governments to be used for broadband deployment on tribal lands, as well as for telehealth, distance learning, broadband affordability, and digital inclusion. Entities eligible for TBCP grants include tribal governments, tribal organizations, TCUs, the Native Hawaiian Community, and Native Corporations.
TBCP Sec 106 NHPA Notification:
The FCC and NTIA are currently collaborating on a plan to continue NTIA's access to the FCC's Tower Construction Notification System (TCNS) to meet its Section 106 responsibilities for the new NTIA grant programs. In anticipation of the upcoming project award notifications in the coming months, Tribes are encouraged to have their Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPO) review, and, where necessary, update their TCNS contact information and areas of interest by November 30, 2021.
NTIA hosted a series of webinars from April through August 2021 in connection with the three new broadband grant programs authorized and funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, including the TBCP. Please visit BroadbandUSA's Events page in order to register for upcoming webinars.
Recordings, transcripts and presentations from Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program webinars:
- April 21, 2021: Introduction of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program
- April 22, 2021: Introduction of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (repeat)
- June 16, 2021: Overview of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program
- June 17, 2021: Overview of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (repeat)
- July 21, 2021: Review of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program application process and required forms
- July 22, 2021: Discussion of "hot topics:" workforce development, network sustainability, digital inclusion, technical and financial feasibility aspects of potential projects, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and permitting.
- August 11, 2021: Open Q&A session on the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program
- August 12, 2021: Open Q&A session on the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program
- August 23, 2021: Open Q&A session on the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program
- August 24, 2021: Open Q&A session on the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program
- BroadbandUSA's "one-stop" funding site is updated annually and provides information on how to access federal funding to support broadband planning, public access, digital inclusion, and deployment projects.
- BroadbandUSA provides information regarding Federal Permitting across agencies, including information from the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- BroadbandUSA provides Digital Inclusion publications and resources from Department of Commerce and other federal agencies, including resources relevant to tribal governments looking to address the digital divide.
- BroadbandUSA publishes toolkits for communities seeking to expand broadband access and adoption, including:
- Planning Community Broadband Roadmap: A Toolkit for Local and Tribal Governments
- The Power of Broadband Partnerships: A Toolkit for Local and Tribal Governments
- Sustaining Broadband Networks: A Toolkit for Local and Tribal Governments
- Implementing a Broadband Network Vision: A Toolkit for Local and Tribal Governments
- The Indicators of Broadband Need Map was created by the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The map uses several different data sources to show information on broadband availability within the United States.