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Since 1985, the Lifeline program has provided a discount on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers to ensure that all Americans have the opportunities and security that phone service brings, including being able to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. In 2005, Lifeline discounts were made available to qualifying low-income consumers on pre-paid wireless service plans in addition to traditional landline service. Lifeline is part of the Universal Service Fund. The Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands.
Increasing Awareness of the FCC E-Rate Program
The schools and libraries universal service support program, commonly known as the E-rate program, helps schools and libraries to obtain affordable broadband. Eligible schools, school districts and libraries may apply individually or as part of a consortium. Funding may be requested under two categories of service: category one services to a school or library (telecommunications, telecommunications services and Internet access), and category two services that deliver Internet access within schools and libraries (internal connections, basic maintenance of internal connections, and managed internal broadband services). Discounts for support depend on the level of poverty and whether the school or library is located in an urban or rural area. The E-rate program is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the FCC.
Keep Airlines on Air
Federal funding is essential to Native public radio's service to American Indians and Alaska Native Villages. Its continuation is critical for stations, distributors, station support services, and program producers, including Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, Native Voice One and Native Public Media.
At least 35 of the 59 Native public radio stations receive annual grants directly from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Native stations receive other support from many sources, including: In-kind and direct support from Tribal governments, listener contributions, corporate sponsorship, foundation grants, major gifts, and in some cases, state and local governments. These sources are not stable year-to-year and are unpredictable. Therefore the loss of federal funding (CPB) would undermine the stations' ability to stay on the air, pay for programming, or in general operate. Elimination of federal funding would result in fewer programs, less cultural, journalism and local affairs programming and eventually the loss of Native public radio stations, particularly stations serving rural and economically distressed Tribal communities.
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New Media, Technology and Internet Use in Indian Country: Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses | November 17, 2009This study is the first of its kind in Indian country. It encompasses both a quantitative survey and Case Studies of six tribal communities and was designed to provide a window into how doing to close the digital divide for their citizens; and documents the first solid broadband data that underscores the fact that Native Americans are using the Internet when they have access to it and building their own tribal centric broadband highways. Until now, little empirical data was available regarding technology use in Indian Country. The two-part report includes a survey of Native American technology use normed against other national surveys and case studies of 6 successful tribal projects exhibiting digital excellence in Native America.
New Horizons Study | May 31, 2011The New Horizons Community Engagement Study was completed by Native Public Media in May 2011 and was designed to seek out information about the station’s community engagement, usage, impact on community services and people, and how the station contributed to the overall health the station’s respective community. Native radio stations serve Tribal audiences in local communities, on reservations and on the Internet. They encourage voices and ideas that are critical to the health of Native cultures and tribal lifeway’s, but usually do not get heard in mainstream media. This was the impetus for the study.