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I mproving Quality of Life

Indian Telecom
Access to modern telecommunications
services is critical to the successful Initiatives
development of all communities. Among
other benefits, telecommunications
access enhances:

Educational and learning
opportunities through access to
the Internet;

Employment and business
opportunities;

Public safety services, including
access to emergency services For
and long distance medical
more
services; and
information
Access to government services.
on Indian
Telecom
The FCC is committed to facilitating Initiatives,
increased access to telecommunications
visit our Web site,
in Indian Country. Through ITI, the FCC
fosters partnerships to target specific www.fcc.gov/indians/
concerns, identify potential solutions, or contact the
and bring affordable, quality
telecommunications services to Federal Communications
American Indian tribes and Alaska Commission
Native Village Communities. Toll-Free
1-888-CALL-FCC (voice)
(1-888-225-5322)
1 -888-TELL-FCC (TTY) Federal Communications Commission
A Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Publication
(1-888-835-5322) 445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554

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I ntroduction Inform consumers in Indian Country
about financial support available
One-On-One Meetings
FCC staff are available to meet with
The Federal Communications Commission through federal government individual tribes to address their unique
(FCC) regulates the nation’s programs, including Universal telecommunications issues. Meetings
telecommunications services, including Service discounts. provide a forum for an individual tribe to

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traditional telephone service, wireless and explore FCC rules and programs
satellite telecommunications services, cable affecting the provision of
services, television broadcast, and radio TI Elements telecommunications services to its
services. The FCC seeks to ensure all members.
Americans, including those living in tribal Interactive Regional Workshops
communities, have access to affordable, The FCC offers interactive regional Educational Materials
quality telecommunications services. workshops to provide “how to” information The FCC distributes educational
about telecommunications services and
To achieve this goal, the FCC designed the materials to tribes and tribal
telecommunications infrastructure
Indian Telecommunications Initiatives (ITI), development. Workshop participants include organizations about issues of interest,
a comprehensive FCC program that seeks tribal, federal agency, and communications including Universal Service Low-Income
to promote understanding, cooperation, and industry representatives. The workshops programs like enhanced Lifeline and
trust among: address telecommunications issues facing Link-Up.
Indian Country with the goal of providing
clear, practical information tribes can use to The FCC mails information to more than
gain access to critical telecommunications 560 federally recognized tribes and 20
American Indian Tribes and Alaska services. Regional workshops acknowledge tribal associations.
Native Villages, different tribes are at different stages of
Tribal Organizations, economic development, and their experiences Other Programs
with telecommunications deployment vary. In consultation with tribal governments
the FCC and other government
and tribal organizations, the FCC
agencies, and FCC Outreach continues to analyze and explore other
the telecommunications industry. Senior FCC officials and staff attend and initiatives that will assist it in fulfilling ITI
participate in conferences, meetings, and goals and objectives.

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other events sponsored by American Indian
tribes, tribal organizations, and others
elecom-Related Goals interested in Indian Country issues. These
outreach activities provide the FCC with an
Increase the telephone penetration
opportunity to establish beneficial Eastern Lakota deerhide coat with quilled
rate - the number of people who decoration, ca. 1890. Photo by Katherine
relationships with tribal governments,
have telecommunications services Fogden, Courtesy, National Museum of
organizations and their members, and to listen
- - among American Indian tribes the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.
and learn about the telecommunications
and Alaska Native communities.
needs of these constituencies. They also
Increase telecommunications provide an opportunity for the FCC to
infrastructure - the installation of distribute information about rules and policies
telecommunications equipment - affecting telecommunications services in
necessary to provide Indian Country.
telecommunications services.
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