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ND tribes receive FCC licenses

WASHINGTON–The Federal Communications Commission hasissued the first set of spectrum licenses through the agency’s first-of-its-kind Rural Tribal Priority Window to tribal entities in North Dakota and across the country. The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau formally granted 154 applications for use of the 2.5 GHz band to close the digital divide and provide broadband and other advanced wireless services, including 5G, to rural tribal communities.

In North Dakota, four licenses were granted to the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians to provide connectivity to their rural communities.

These licenses provide for exclusive use of up to 117.5 megahertz of 2.5 GHz band spectrum.