|On, October 23, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued the first set of spectrum licenses through the agency's 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window to various tribes and tribal entities across the United States and issued a press release.|
The 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window was open from February 3, 2020 and ended on September 2, 2020. This was after the FCC extended the deadline by 30 days in consideration of the current health and economic crisis.
Many advocates in Indian Country, including NAFOA, urged Congress to act and include a 180-day extension of the 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window in the next tranche of COVID-19 legislation.
The FCC received over 400 applications to obtain overlay licenses for unassigned 2.5 GHz band spectrum to help address tribal connectivity needs.