MEDIA ACCESS, CONTROL & OWNERSHIP
To overcome the media divide, Native Americans need increased media ownership. NPM will work to overcome any barriers to such ownership in FCC media ownership proceedings; and advance proposals of particular relevance to the Commission’s Media Ownership priorities and rulemaking including:
Utilization of the Tribal Priority for Broadcast - NPM will host nationwide efforts encouraging Tribes to utilize the Tribal Priority for Broadcast in securing new broadcast facilities to serve Tribal communities.
Emergency Communications Preparedness - NPM advocates for emergency preparedness policies that respond to local, often rural and remote, Native American communities. NPM also provides emergency communications training for the Native broadcast network using its own curriculum; and partners with the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) in the provision of training/education that provides important life-saving information to broadcasters and their communities during times of emergencies and crises.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Funding & Policy Changes - Native stations stay on-air because of the funding investment from the CPB. With the continued re-focus of the federal budget, sustaining funding for resource-starved Native radio stations remains a continued priority.
NOTICES & COMMENTS
USDA Announces ReConnect Program Technical Assistance Workshops Starting April 2019
Summary: USDA is excited to announce a date and location for the first ReConnect Technical Assistance Workshop in Washington, Pennsylvania. This regional workshop will allow applicants to gain a stronger understanding of the application process and program requirements. This two-day workshop will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-3, 2019 at the Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh – Meadowlands 340 Racetrack Road Washington, PA 15301.
Pre-registration for this event is required. To register, please visit this following link:
The ReConnect Program offers loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in areas of rural America without sufficient access to broadband.
More information at https://www.rd.usda.gov.
NPM Signs Letter Concerning Potential Confirmation of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh
Summary: NPM and 23 public interest organizations express concerns about the potential confirmation of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, which could jeopardize protections for the rights of all Americans to freely navigate the internet and express themselves online.
NPM Comments on the "Proposal of the New Fellowship Program Approach"
Summary: NPM reviewed a draft of the Proposal of the new Fellowship Approach and submitted recommendations for the fellowship program activities
NPM Comments on FCC Report and Order Released March 1, 2018
Summary: NPM provided comments in opposition of recent FCC action noted in the Report and Order (WT 17-79) that may result in the destruction of tribal cultural and historic properties