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FCC ONAP announces tribal nation training in Okla., in Sept.

September 22nd, 2014 All Day - September 26th, 2014

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 Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 22-24, 2014.  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 Cox Business Center. Please see http://www.coxcentertulsa.com/explore-  tulsa/hotel-information-exploretulsa for several different hotel options.

This two and a half day program will involve full day sessions on September 23-24 on 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 Tulsa, on the afternoon of September 22, 2014, at the Cox Business 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.

Oklahoma Lifeline Consultation Sessions

Independently, on Thursday, September 25th and Friday, September 26th, ONAP will hold two separate Tribal consultation sessions regarding the federal Lifeline program in Oklahoma.  Lifeline is the federal

program that provides discounts on telephone service to eligible low-income consumers, with greater discounts available to low-income consumers living on Tribal lands. The Tribal consultation sessions on Lifeline will focus on the operation of the program in Oklahoma and will initiate a dialogue on potential changes to the program.

The first Lifeline session will be at the Cox Center in Tulsa on September 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. See the link above for directions and room information. The second session will be at the Embassy Suites Norman – Hotel and Conference Center, in Norman, on September 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

These Lifeline sessions will focus on Oklahoma Tribal Nation specific issues and will be local to Oklahoma Indian Country. For directions to, and room information for, the Embassy Suites Norman, please see:  http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/oklahoma/embassy-suites-norman-hotel-and-  conference-center-OKCESES/index.html.  Additional information specific to these Oklahoma Lifeline consultation sessions will be made available soon.

Who should attend the Lifeline consultation sessions?  Elected and appointed Tribal government leaders, government and community planners and managers, and representatives of Tribal social service agencies and programs that provide assistance to low-income consumers. The Lifeline sessions on Thursday the 25th in Tulsa, and on Friday the 26th in Oklahoma City, are open to Tribal Nations and their representatives only.

Registration

Please register for these events by simply emailing your name, title, and contact information to ONAP’s Karen Sprung at either [email protected] or 202-418-2762. Please indicate whether you are registering for the training and consultation workshop and/or the Tulsa or Norman Lifeline consultations. Registration for each of these events is free of charge. Inquiries for any additional information should be addressed to the email address and telephone number above.