FCC EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS OF TRIBAL REPRESENTATIVES TO SERVE ON FCC-NATIVE NATIONS BROADBAND TASK FORCE

Revised Deadline: August 20, 2010


On June 2, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Public Notice seeking nominations of Tribal representatives to serve on the FCC-Native Nations Broadband Task Force (“Task Force”).1 The Public Notice requested that nominations be submitted by July 15, 2010.2 The Commission has determined that a short extension of time to submit nominations is advisable to permit Tribal governments adequate time to complete their internal processes associated with nominating a representative to the Task Force. Therefore, on its own motion, the Commission now extends the deadline for the receipt of nominations of Tribal representatives for the Task Force until August 20, 2010.

As discussed in the June 2, 2010 Public Notice, the Task Force will assist the Commission in fulfilling its commitment to increasing broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands. It will be responsible for, among other things, assisting in developing and executing a Commission consultation policy, eliciting input to ensure that Native concerns are considered in all Commission proceedings related to broadband, developing additional recommendations for promoting broadband deployment and adoption on Tribal lands, and coordinating with external entities, including other Federal departments and agencies. The Task Force will be comprised of senior Commission staff and elected leaders from Federally-recognized Native American governments or governmental entities (or their designated employees).

Applicants should be willing to commit to a two-year term of service, which requires participation, either in person or by teleconference, in the meetings of the Task Force. It is anticipated that most meetings will take place in Washington, D.C. Attendance in person will be at the applicant’s own expense. Members will also have an initial and continuing obligation to disclose any interests in, or connections to, persons or entities who are or will be regulated by, or who have interests before, the Commission.

APPLICATIONS
The application for appointment to the Task Force does not require a particular format; however, it should include the following information: (1) name and position of the applicant with respect to a particular Native American government; (2) telephone number; (3) mailing address or e-mail address; (4) brief description of the applicant’s area of expertise and qualifications to serve on the Task Force; and (5) in the case of a person seeking to serve as a “designated employee,” the name of the elected officer for whom the employee would be acting and a copy of the officer’s designation letter, as described below . Applicants seeking to serve as a Tribal representative on the Task Force must submit an application to the Commission no later than _________, 2010.  If submitting by regular mail, send to: Federal Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Attention: Lauren H. Kravetz, 445 12th St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554. If submitting by facsimile, fax to (202) 418-2839. If submitting by email, send to lauren.kravetz@fcc.gov.

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