Policy

NPM understands that progressive policies and regulations that encourage the expansion and strengthening of Native public media through mediums and platforms that are truly community-based, local, and democratic are critical to Indian Country.

With a proactive program of policy analysis, representation and education, NPM works to secure a voice for Native America among policy-making bodies and among the media democracy movement, promoting greater access and larger audiences for Native American voices. NPM's Policy Program currently consists of four projects: Communications Scholarship, FCC Filings, the National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) Communications & Telecommunications Resolutions and the Tribal Telecom Conference.

Broadband

Comments On Issues Related To Competitive Bidding Proceeding

Date: May 14, 2015

Summary: NPM supports the proposal that the Commission modify its unjust enrichment rules to encompass the entire license period. The incentive provided by the DE bidding credit should be an incentive to build communications systems that actually serve Native Americans.

Download: WT Docket No. 14-170


Urging Government-to-Government Consultation between the FirstNet Authority and Tribal Nations

Date: October 26, 2014

Summary: The National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) urges Congress to amend the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 ("P.L. 112-96') to codify an explicit recognition of tribal sovereignty and require direct government-to-government consultation between the FirstNet Authority and tribal nations; and that until Congress amends P.L. 112-96, the Department of Commerce-- as a federal department that has adopted a "Tribal Consultation and Coordination Policy"-- intervene on behalf of tribes when state designated officers or governmental bodies are not including tribes in FirstNet proceedings.

Download: Resolution ATL-14-010


Calling on the Federal Communications Commission to Engage in Tribal Consultation Regarding Proposed Reforms to the High Cost Loop Support Mechanism in the Universal Service Fund

Date: October 26, 2014

Summary: The National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) calls on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its Office of Native Affairs and Policy to engage in formal consultation with tribal nations to fully understand the importance of the High Cost Loop Support (HCLS) program in promoting deployment of communications services on tribal lands; and engage in formal government-to-government consultation prior to taking any additional steps to limit support provided to carriers serving tribal lands under the HCLS mechanism.

Download: Resolution ATL-14-076


Calling on Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to Elevate the Office of Native Affairs and Policy to a Stand-Alone Office at the Federal Communications Commission

Date: October 26-31, 2014

Summary: The National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) calls on the Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to elevate the FCC's Office of Native Affairs and Policy as a stand-alone Office within the organizational framework of the Commission.

Download: Resolution ATL-14-077


Native Public Media And National Congress Of American Indian's Comments On The Federal Communications Commission's Eligible Entities

Date: September 9, 2014

Summary: Joint Comments are on the definition of an "eligible entity" and the use of that concept for diversifying ownership of broadcast media.

Download: MB Docket No. 14-50


In The Matter Of Modernizing The E Rate Program For Schools And Libraries: Joint Comments Filed By Tribal Telecommunications Companies, And Tribal Organizations

Date: April 7, 2014

Summary: Tribal telecommunications companies, and tribal organizations ("Tribal Commenters") submit comments, which offer solutions to many of the obstacles that tribal governments face in participating in the current E-rate program.

Download: WC DOCKET NO. 13-184


Prepared Remarks Of Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, National Congress Of American Indians

Date: March 12, 2014

Download: Remarks


2013 NCAI White House Tribal Leader Briefing Book

Date: November 12, 2013

Summary: This tribal leader briefing book outlines the schedule of events, briefing papers and agenda for The National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference held November 12-14, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Download: Booklet


In The Matter Of Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I Auction Competitive Bidding Procedures

Date: May 10, 2013

Summary: Comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireless Telecommunications and Wireline Competition Bureaus from the National Congress of American Indians and Native Public Media in response to the Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I Auction 902.

Download:AU Docket No. 13-53


Paperwork Reduction Act Comments Of The National Congress Of American Indians And Native Public Media

Date: April 26, 2013

Summary: The National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) and Native Public Media (NPM) respectfully submit these comments in support of the information collection requirements related to the Tribal Government Obligation Engagement Provisions (“Tribal Engagement Provisions”) adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) as part of its Connect America Fund.

Download: OMB CONTROL NUMBER 3060-0986


Telecommunications Carriers Eligible for Universal Service Support; Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc.; Petition For Designation As An Eligible Telecommunications Carrier

Date: June 22, 2011

Summary: Standing Rock Telecommunications, Inc. (Standing Rock), a Tribally owned telecommunications carrier, as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) throughout the entire Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (Reservation)

Download: WC Docket 09-197


Improving Communication Services For Native Nations By Promoting Greater Utilization Of Spectrum Over Tribal Lands

Date: June 20, 2011

Summary: Native Public Media (“NPM”) and the National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take a number of steps to promote deployment of services over Tribal lands. These steps include: (1) expanding the Tribal Priority to advanced wireless services; (2) establishing a build or divest process for spectrum use over Tribal lands; (3) establishing a formal and mandatory negotiation process between both current and future licensees and Tribal governments; (4) the inclusion of a demonstration of service requirements as part of any Tribal-lands safe harbor; (5) significant modification of the Tribal Lands Bidding Credit; and (6) the adoption of well defined eligibility criteria for Tribes to obtain spectrum, as set forth in the NPRM.

Download: WT Docket No. 11-40


Improving Communications Services For Native Nations

Date: June 20, 2011

Summary: Native Public Media (“NPM”) and theNational Congress Of American Indians (NCAI)joint Comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the Commission’s Notice of Inquiry concerning Improving Communications Services for Native Nations.

Download: CG Docket No. 11-41


Establishment Of A Tribal Mobility Fund

Date: May 4, 2011

Summary: Further Joint Comments of Native Public Media (“NPM”) and the National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) in response to Public Notice DA 11-702 on issues related to the establishment of a Tribal Mobility Fund.

Download: WT Docket No. 10-208


Connect America Fund A National Broadband Plan For Our Future High Cost Universal Service Support

Date: July 12, 2010

Summary: Comments filed on the USF Reform NOI and NPRM on the use of a forward-looking economic cost model to determine efficient and targeted USF support levels for broadband deployment in high-cost areas, and proposals to cap the existing USF high-cost fund and cut legacy high-cost programs.

Download: MB Docket No. 14-127


Call For Congressional Funding Of Tribal Broadband Fund And FCC Tribal Programs

Date: June 20, 2010

Download: RAP-10-006


Revision Of Communications Act Amendment To Section 410 Composition Of Usf Joint Board

Date: June 11, 2010

Summary: The National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) letter to the Honorable Jay Inslee regarding the inclusion of a tribal seat on the FCC Federal-State USF Joint Board. Further, NCAI believes that the FCC's new Office of Tribal Affairs should choose a qualified member, with full input from the soon-to-be established FCC-Native Nations Broadband Task Force

Download: MB Docket No. 14-127


Npm Letter To Fcc Supporting Network Neutrality

Date: October 17, 2009

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Policies To Promote Rural Radio Service And To Streamline Allotment And Assignment Procedures

Date: July 13, 2009

Native Public Media ("NPM") and the National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI)joint comments in support of the NPRM’s proposal to establish a Tribal Priority in FM allotments, AM filing window applications and NCE FM filing window applications for federally recognized Tribes, Tribal consortia, Tribal members, and entities controlled by Tribes or Tribal members (the “Tribal Priority”).

Download: NPM Comments & Reply Comments to the FCC, MB Docket No. 09-52


Joint Comments of Native Public Media and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters In the Matters of Expansion of Online Public File Obligations to Cable and Satellite TV Operators and Broadcast and Satellite Radio Licensees.

Date: March 16, 2015

Summary: Comments submitted to the FCC on the mandatory online public file requirements and the impact it would have on Native-owned and community NCE radio stations.

Download: No. 14-127


Native Public Media and the National Congress of American Indians Comment on The Matter of Improving Communications Services for Native Nations

Date: June 20, 2011

Native Public Media and the National Congress of American Indians jointly submit Comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Inquiry concerning Improving Communications Services for Native Nations.

Download: Docket No. 11-41


FCC Statement on FCC's Section 307 (b) Priority

Summary: Commissioner Copps statement on FCC’s Section 307 (b) priority that will apply to federally recognized Native American Tribes that propose new radio services to serve tribal lands.

Download: Statement


New Media, Technology and Internet Use In Indian Country Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses

Date: November 14, 2009

Summary: In an unprecedented joint effort, Native Public Media and the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative released the New Media, Technology and Internet Use in Indian Country: Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses the first step in bringing national awareness to the deplorable state of broadband in Native American communities.

Download: Study


Request that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Uphold the Tribal Government Engagement Obligation Provisions for Telecommunications Providers Serving Tribal Lands

Date: October 21-26, 2015

Summary: The National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) supports the procedures established in the FCC’s Connect America Fund Order and clarified by the Further Guidance in that such procedures will provide benefits to both Tribal Governments and ETCs serving Tribal Lands; and calls for the FCC to immediately deny any current and future Petitions for Reconsideration and/or Clarification that would rescind the Tribal Government Engagement Obligation Provisions for ETCs and undermine the deployment of communications services on Tribal Lands

Download: SAC-12-019


In Support of Universal Broadcast Service Over Tribal Lands

Date: October 21-26,2012

Summary: The National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) urges Congress to support the CPB in providing a funding safety net for Native radio stations to ensure that these stations will remain on air to provide vital and critical programming including public safety communications for tribal communities; and engage in meaningful consultation with Tribal Nations on the future of public broadcasting that promotes greater universal service of valued public service media to current and more tribal communities.

Download: SAC-12-021


Promoting Tribal Nation Access and Use of Spectrum for Communications Services

Date: October 21-26,2012

Summary: The National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) reaffirms Resolutions MKE-11-007 and LNK-12-007, and calls for the FCC to implement a Tribal Priority in the rules inclusive of commercial mobile radio services and wireless spectrum and consult with Tribal governments to ensure Tribes are receiving good faith, responsive, fair treatment and deployment of broadband infrastructure in accordance with tribal sovereignty.

Download: SAC-12-034


In support of Tribal Positions on Universal Service Reform

Date: June 13-16, 2011

Summary: NCAI strongly urges the joint support of the President, the FCC, and Congress create a tribal seat on the USF Federal-State Joint Board to be filled by an American Indian or Alaska Native so that tribes will have representation and effective input regarding the overhaul and future management of the Universal Service Fund.

Download: KME-11-005


In Support of Improving Communications Services for Tribal Communities

Date: June 13-16, 2011

Summary: NCAI supports universal broadband and an open Internet and that the FCC work with tribes to expand rules or establish waiver standards, urges the adoption of and funding for a ‘Native Nations Broadband Fund’, establishment of a Tribal Priority in Wireless Radio Services, requests the FCC’s Media Bureau to consider awarding limited construction permit extensions to affected tribal licensees who have not been able to meet the three year construction period deadline and urges the President, and Congress to consider the needs of disadvantaged tribal communities when crafting national communications policy, and that Congress begin providing dedicated annual appropriations to local media outlets currently serving tribal communities. .

Download: MKE-11-004


Paperwork Reduction Act Comments of the National Congress of American Indians and Native Public Media

Date: April 26, 2013

Summary: Native Public Media and the The National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) support of the information collection requirements related to the Tribal Government Obligation Engagement Provisions (“Tribal Engagement Provisions”) adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) as part of its Connect America Fund.

Download: Statement


Re: Requesting the Grant of a Blanket Extension for Noncommercial FM Radio Construction Permits to Tribally-Owned Radio Stations

Date: June 18, 2011

Summary: The National Congress of American Indians, in coordination with Native Public Media, submitted a letter to the White House and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Requesting the Grant of a Blanket Extension for Noncommercial FM Radio construction permits to Tribally owned radio stations.

Download: Letter


Re: Revision of Communications Act Amendment to Section 410 Composition of USF Joint Board

Date: June 11, 2010

Summary: National Congress of American Indians letter to the Honorable Jay Inslee regarding the inclusion of a tribal seat on the FCC Federal-State USF Joint Board. Further, the National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI)believes that the FCC's new Office of Tribal Affairs should choose a qualified member, with full input from the soon-to-be established FCC-Native Nations Broadband Task Force.

Download: Letter


Prepared Remarks of Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Date: March 12, 2014

Summary: Wheeler addresses the National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) on establishing a reinvigorated Tribal consultation process to address three primary goals: improving access to world class broadband infrastructure; access to spectrum, and ensuring a diversity of voices in Indian Country.

Download: Statement


Native Public Media Hails Launch of FCC Office of Native Affairs and Policy

Date: March 07, 2010

Summary: Native Public Media hails the launch of the Federal Communications Commission's Office of Native Affairs and Policy as the FCC moves to deploy broadband and other communications services in Native communities.

Download: Statement

Media

Community Broadcasting And Media Groups Urge The Fcc To Maintain Competitiveness In The Public Interest

Date: May 26, 2015

Summary: In response to the FCC's Effective Competition Proposal, MB Docket No. 15-53, a letter from the following groups were submitted on May 26, 2015. The letter argues the proposal is inconsistent with what Congress directed it to do in STELAR, poses an unacceptable risk to consumers and impedes the ability of state, local and tribal governments to determine the appropriate protections for their citizens. In addition the group submits a series of questions for the commission to address regarding the proposed effective competition presumption switch.

Signed: Alliance for Community Media, American Community Television, Common Cause, Free Press, The Greenlining Institute, Media Alliance, National Association of Broadcasters, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, National Black Religious Broadcasters, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Native Public Media and Public Knowledge

Download: MB Docket No. 15-53


In The Matter Of Expansion Of Online Public File Obligations To Cable And Satellite Tv Operators And Broadcast And Satellite Radio Licensees

Date: March 16, 2015

Download: MB Docket No. 14-127


Joint Reply Comments Of Native Public Media and the National Congress of American Indians In The Matter Of Creation Of A Low Power Radio Service

Date: May 21, 2012

Summary: Native Public Media and the National Congress of American Indians submit these Reply Comments in response to the above-captioned Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making. Comment supports the FCC’s proposal concerning Tribal Applications for Low Power FM stations.

Download: MM Docket No. 99-25


Cac Recommendation For Cpb Funding, FCC Consumer Advisory Committee

Date: November 15, 2011

Summary: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) provides meaningful financial support for qualified television and radio stations that already are on the air. CPB is authorized to facilitate the full development of noncommercial radio and television services airing free and high-quality local, national and international news, public affairs programming, diversity of opinion, public safety alerts, and children’s programming and a wide array of cultural content.

Download: Document


Requesting The Grant Of A Blanket Extension For Noncommercial Fm Radio Construction Permits To Tribally Owned Radio Stations

Date: July 18, 2011

Summary: On July 18th, the National Congress of American Indians, in coordination with Native Public Media, submitted a letter to the White House and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Requesting the Grant of a Blanket Extension for Noncommercial FM Radio construction permits to Tribally owned radio stations.

Download: Comments


Tribal Priority Radio Broadcast Licensing

Date: February 3, 2010

Summary: The Federal Communications Commission adopted a First Report and Order that gives tribes a priority to obtain broadcast radio licenses in tribal communities. The Order provides an opportunity for tribes to establish new service specifically designed to offer programming that meets the needs of tribal citizens. The Order also fosters localism and diversity, key media policy goals of the Commission and the Congress.

Download: Comments


To Promote Rural Radio Service And To Streamline Allotment And Assignment Procedures

Date: July 13, 2009

Summary: Native Public Media (“NPM”) and the National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) joint Reply Comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) in the matter of Policies to Promote Rural Radio Service and to Streamline Allotment and Assignment Procedures. On July 13, 2009, NPM and NCAI filed Joint Comments in support of rule changes to facilitate the expansion of radio coverage into underserved communities, particularly the creation of a Tribal Priority pursuant to Section 307(b) radio licensing standards. In these Reply Comments, NPM and NCAI reiterate support for the Tribal Priority, address comments filed by others in this proceeding, and clarify aspects of its proposal for implementation of the Tribal Priority proposed in the NPRM.

Download: Document


Diversification Of Ownership In Broadcasting NPRM

Date: July 1, 2009

Summary: Native Public Media ("NPM") comments in response to the Report and Order and Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") regarding Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services released on May 5, 2009 by the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC" or "Commission").

Download: NPM Comments


Unlicensed Operation In The Tv Broadcast Bands

Date: October 20, 2008

Summary: Statement of Public Interest Groups concerning Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands

Download: ET Docket No. 04-186


Promoting Diversification Of Ownership In The Broadcasting Services

Date: July 30, 2008

Summary: Other Docket Numbers MB Docket Nos. 07-294; 06-121; 02-277; 04-228; MM Docket Nos. 01-235; 01-317; 00-244; FCC 07-217

Download: MB Docket Nos. 07-294


In The Matter Of Broadcast Localism

Date: April 28, 2008

Download: MB Docket No. 04-233


Statement of Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn. Re: Policies to Promote Rural Radio Service and to Streamline Allotment and Assignment Procedures, MB Docket 09-52

Summary: The Federal Communications Commission adopted a First Report and Order that gives tribes a priority to obtain broadcast radio licenses in tribal communities. The Order provides an opportunity for tribes to establish new service specifically designed to offer programming that meets the needs of tribal citizens. The Order also fosters localism and diversity, key media policy goals of the Commission and the Congress.

Download: Statement


Statement of Commissioner Robert M. McDowell. Re: Policies to Promote Rural Radio Service and to Streamline Allotment and Assignment Procedures, MB Docket 09-52

Summary: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a First Report and Order that gives tribes a priority to obtain broadcast radio licenses in tribal communities. The Order provides an opportunity for tribes to establish new service specifically designed to offer programming that meets the needs of tribal citizens. The Order also fosters localism and diversity, key media policy goals of the Commission and the Congress.

Download: Statement


Joint Comments of Native Public Media and The National Congress of American Indians to Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Date: May 3, 2010

Summary: Native Public Media and the National Congress of American Indians respectfully submit these Comments in response to the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) in the above-referenced proceeding. In support of these Comments, NPM and the National Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) respectfully submit : Extending the Tribal Priority to Tribes without significant land holdings

Download: MB Docket No. 09-52 RM-11528


Policies to Promote Rural Radio Service and to Streamline Allotment and Assignment Procedures

Date: August 11, 2009

Summary: On July 13, 2009, NPM and theNational Congress Of American Indians (NCAI) filed Joint Comments in support of rule changes to facilitate the expansion of radio coverage into underserved communities, particularly the creation of a Tribal Priority pursuant to Section 307(b) radio licensing standards. In these Reply Comments, NPM and NCAI reiterate support for the Tribal Priority, address comments filed by others in this proceeding, and clarify aspects of its proposal for implementation of the Tribal Priority proposed in the NPRM.

Download: MB Docket No. 09-52 RM-11528


Promoting Diversification of Ownership In the Broadcasting Services Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Date: June 26, 2009

Summary:Native Public Media submits these comments in response to the Report and Order and Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") regarding Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services released on May 5, 2009 by the Federal Communications Commission. NPM encourages the Commission to add a specific designation on FCC Form 323-E for respondents to indicate whether their company's ownership represents a Tribal entity. NPM provides comments regarding how to define “minority ownership”, comments on how to collect minority ownership information, support comments submitted by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters

Docket: MB Docket Nos. 07-294; 06-121; 02-277; 04-228

Other Docket Numbers: MM Docket Nos. 01-235; 01-317;) 00-244; FCC 09-33

Download: Comments


On How The FCC Should License Unassigned Spectrum In The Educational Broadband Service

Date: October 22, 2008

Summary: Native Public Media submits these reply comments to address how the Commission should license unassigned spectrum in the Educational Broadband Service. NPM urges the Commission to renew its request to Congress to exempt EBS auctions so that a point system can be used for selecting among applications for new EBS licenses. Any point system adopted, however, should afford special status to “eligible entities,” and must explicitly include “Indian Tribes” and “Tribal Governments.”

Docket: WT Docket No. 03-66 RM-10586

Other Docket Numbers: WT Docket No. 03-67 WT Docket No. 02-68 RM-9718 IB Docket No. 02-364 ET Docket No. 00-258

Download: Reply Comments


In the Matter of Promoting Diversification Of Ownership In The Broadcasting Services

Date: July 30, 2008

Summary: Native Public Media and the National Federation of Community Broadcasters respectfully submit these comments in response to the Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services released on March 5, 2008 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Docket: MB Docket Nos. 07-294

Other Docket Numbers: Docket Nos. 07-294; 06-121; 02-277; 04-228 MM Docket Nos. 01-235; 01-317; 00-244; FCC 07-217

Download: Comments


Re: Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands

Date: October 20, 2008

Summary: Statement of Public Interest Groups concerning Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands. Statement outlined shared interests in the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) testing of personal/portable unlicensed “white spaces” devices.

Download: ET Docket No. 04-186


FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Recommendation Regarding Continued Federal Funding of Public Broadcasting

Date: November 4, 2011

Summary: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) provides meaningful financial support for qualified television and radio stations that already are on the air. CPB is authorized to facilitate the full development of noncommercial radio and television services airing free and high-quality local, national and international news, public affairs programming, diversity of opinion, public safety alerts, and children’s programming and a wide array of cultural content.

Download: Recommendation


Letter to President-elect Obama reminding him of his campaign promises to shift communications policy toward the public interest.

Date: December 18, 2008

Summary: Allied Sign-on Letter

Download: Letter


In Support of a Dedicated Annual Budget for the Federal Communications Commission, Office of Native Affairs and Policy

Date: October 21-26, 2015

Summary: FCC to prioritize and fully fund the FCC-ONAP on a dedicated and annual basis so that it will continue the progress of its important work in engaging Tribal Nations on current and critical communications issues

Download: Resolution: SAC-12-033