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FCC issues spectrum licenses to rural Alaska tribes, connecting remote communities to broadband

The FCC granted 154 licenses for the use of 2.5 GHz band to close the digital divide and provide broadband as well as other wireless services, including 5G to rural Tribal communities.
Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 4:54 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Federal Communications Commission announced that they have issued the first set of spectrum licenses for rural tribes in Alaska and across the country.

The FCC granted 154 licenses for the use of 2.5 GHz band to close the digital divide and provide broadband as well as other wireless services, including 5G to rural Tribal communities.

19 of these licenses were given out to Alaskan Tribes.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai released a statement, “This is a major step forward in our efforts to close the digital divide on Tribal lands. By prioritizing Tribal access to this mid-band spectrum, we are ensuring that Tribes can quickly access spectrum to connect their schools, homes, hospitals, and businesses.” He went on to say, “I am exceedingly pleased that—less than a year after we announced the timeline for the Rural Tribal Priority Window—we are now distributing 2.5 GHz band licenses to help Tribal communities bridge the digital divide.”

These Licenses will provide for exclusive use of up to 117.5 megahertz of 2.5 GHz band spectrum that can be used by Tribes to connect to their communities.

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