FCC ONAP Tribal Nation Training & Consultation Workshop

FCC Tribal Broadband, Telecom, and Broadcast Training and Consultation Workshop

to be held on September 1-3, 2015 at Arizona State University’s

SkySong Innovation Center in Scottsdale, Arizona


Training and Consultation Workshop

The FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP), Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, announces the date of the next in a series of regional workshops and consultation sessions aimed at training and assisting Tribal Nations in developing more robust broadband, telecommunications, and broadcast infrastructure to serve those living on Tribal lands.  This event will be conducted at the ASU SkySong Innovation Center, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale, Arizona, on September 1-3, 2015.  A preliminary agenda will be made available soon.  While there is no block of hotel rooms reserved for this workshop, several hotels are nearby the Arizona State University Skysong Innovation Center.  Please see https://skysong.asu.edu/sites/default/files/asu-skysong_nearby-hotels_2015.pdf for several different hotel options.  

This two and a half day program will involve full-day sessions on September 2-3 covering a wide range of important federal programs and policies that support the deployment of communications infrastructures in the communities of Tribal Nations.  These infrastructures support Tribal economic development, Tribal schools and libraries, low-income families, and health care clinics, as well as Tribal radio stations, public safety departments, and Tribal government administrations.  

Who should attend the workshop?  Elected and appointed Tribal government leaders, Tribal IT managers, government and community planners and managers, Tribal enterprise specialists, and representatives of Tribal social service agencies, schools, and health clinics.

A “Communications 101” Session.  To begin the program in Scottsdale, on the afternoon of September 1, 2015, at the SkySong Innovation Center, we will hold a “Communications 101” orientation session from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   This orientation session will introduce information to make the following two full days a more effective learning opportunity, and will cover key basic communications concepts, including an explanation of the Federal Communications Commission and its regulatory processes; broadband and how broadband technology works; an introduction to spectrum, including wireless networks; fundamental concepts in radio broadcast technology and licensing; and federal Universal Service Fund subsidy programs.

Who should attend the 101 orientation session?  Tribal government officials and managers, and Tribal enterprise specialists who are new to telecommunications, broadband, and broadcast media subjects.  

In addition, the FCC’s Native Learning Lab (Lab) will be open throughout the event.  The Lab is an on-site computer based mobile resource lab designed to support the event’s learning and consultation needs.  The Lab provides small group or individual hands-on assistance with FCC web-based systems, as well as the opportunity for specific training sessions. 


Please register for these events by simply emailing your name, title, and contact information to ONAP’s Daniel Margolis atdaniel.margolis@fcc.gov or calling 202-418-1377.  Registration for this event is free of charge.  Inquiries for any additional information should be addressed to the email address and telephone number above.