Deadline extended for tribes to seek broadband licenses

Flagstaff, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is giving tribes another month to apply for a band of wireless spectrum that would help them establish or expand internet access on their land — far less time than what tribes had sought.

Tribes pushed to be first in line to apply for licenses for the mid-band spectrum that is largely unassigned across the western United States and can be used for fixed or mobile internet service. The licenses once were reserved for educational institutions.

The tribal priority window opened in February and was set to close Monday. It’s now been extended to Sept. 2.