Broadband Licenses Granted to Arizona Tribes, Says O’Halleran
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had granted 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses which can be used for high-speed wireless broadband to several tribes in Arizona’s First Congressional District in the first tranche of licenses under the FCC’s Rural Tribal Priority Window.
“This year, the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the digital divide that rural and tribal communities have struggled with for years,” said O’Halleran. “Since coming to Congress, I have worked to increase the availability of reliable, high-speed internet for families across rural and tribal Arizona that often face the most significant barriers to digital connectivity. These 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses will open the door to economic growth and allow tribal families to work and learn remotely, access telehealth services, and stay connected to loved ones during this crisis.”
The Rural Tribal Priority Window is a unique opportunity that allows tribal governments to obtain spectrum licenses at zero cost to provide wireless broadband in their communities.
“I look forward to continuing to oversee the FCC’s consideration of the remaining tribal applications in the Rural Tribal Priority Window,” continued O’Halleran.
For a full list of licenses granted to tribes in Arizona, click HERE.
This year, O’Halleran led Congressional efforts to extend the window by which tribal governments were able to apply for new 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses under the Rural Tribal Priority Window; the FCC heeded O’Halleran’s request and the deadline was pushed from August 3, 2020 to September 2, 2020.