Tribal Outreach Up as EBB Enrollment Lags
FCC emergency broadband benefit enrollment for eligible tribal households continues to decline (see 2106180041). More than 71,000 tribal households have enrolled so far. In the first full week, more than 26,000 tribal households enrolled. During the week of June 14-20, that dropped to 5,076. The lack of broadband availability and questions about EBB mechanics are an obstacle, stakeholders said in interviews.
Tribal households are eligible for a larger benefit, $75 monthly if they live on qualifying tribal lands and meet poverty thresholds. Some remote reservations lack access to a participating provider, said a Partnership with Native Americans spokesperson. Some lack electricity, the spokesperson said: It’s “a small number, but still a reality for some Navajo, Hopi and other citizens on tribal lands.”