Tribal Bidding Credit On FCC Agenda For March 3rd
February 15, 2011 at 4:08 AM (PT)
The FCC's tentative agenda for it MARCH 3rd open meeting includes several items involving Native American tribes and improvement of communications on tribal lands, including an expansion of last year's tribal priority rule for new licenses on tribal lands to include a "tribal bidding credit" and "alternative ways to foster radio service by Native Nations on their lands." In addition, the Commission is considering changing the rules to "provide radio service to areas that are the functional equivalent of Tribal Lands and to Tribal Lands that are small or irregularly shaped," opening the door to a preference for tribes which do not have land of their own.
The agenda also includes an Omnibus Notice of Inquiry on improving communications services for Native Nations, and notices involving cable retransmission consent, the Universal Service Fund, video description rules, and advanced communications services.