FCC Announces December 8 Workshop to Provide Broadband Data Collection Technical Assistance to Tribal Governments 

Greetings from the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy.

The FCC is currently implementing new methods and systems to collect and publish nationwide broadband availability data.  This Broadband Data Collection will include a process through which Tribal governments, among others, may submit verified data on broadband availability that they map or track.  This process will help, among other things, to validate the accuracy of the data the FCC collects from service providers and to ensure future broadband deployment and adoption initiatives are targeted to the areas most in need.

On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, the FCC’s Broadband Data Task Force, Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP), and Office of Economics and Analytics will host an initial virtual workshop to provide information about the Broadband Data Collection project and information on the tools and processes that will enable Tribes to submit verified broadband availability data directly to the FCC. 

The workshop will include an opportunity for Tribal participants to ask questions.  The workshop will start at 2:00 pm EST and will be webcast with open captioning at www.fcc.gov/live.

To register, send an e-mail with your name, contact information, and Tribal affiliation to TribalBroadbandDataWorkshop@fcc.gov.  Registered participants will be able to submit questions during the workshop through the WebEx platform.  The workshop will be recorded and made available on the FCC’s website and YouTube channel following the event.

The FCC will conduct additional outreach to as the systems and processes for the Broadband Data Collection are developed, finalized, and launched.  More details on the workshop are contained in the attached public notice, which was released on October 25.  Here is a link to the event page:  https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2021/12/broadband-data-collection-tribal-governments-technical-assistance.

For questions about the workshop or the Broadband Data Collection process more generally, please contact Lloyd Collier at lloyd.collier@fcc.gov or 202.418.2712.

Matthew DuchesneChief, Office of Native Affairs and Policy

Federal Communications Commission