e 23rd Navajo Nation Council would like to invite community members from
Nageezi, Counselor, Ojo Encino, Torreon, and other surrounding communities
to share their concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing on the Navajo Nation. e
Council would like to hear from members who are in favor and opposed to such
activity. Areas of concern include: health issues, air quality, protection of sacred sites,
road conditions, human rights, public safety, jurisdiction, community consultation
and communication. For more information contact: The Office of the Speaker at (928) 871 – 7160
NEWS FROM U.S. SENATOR TOM UDALL
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BEN RAY LUJÁN
Udall, Luján Announce Over $5.1 Million for Wireless Service for Navajo Nation and Picuris Pueblo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2014
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján announced that the Federal Communications Commission will award over $5.1 million to support mobile broadband service in areas of the Navajo Nation and Picuris Pueblo lacking wireless coverage. Through a reverse auction bidding process designed to maximize the expansion of wireless coverage, the FCC allocated a total of $5,149,628 to Smith Bagley, Inc. and Commnet Wireless, LLC for mobile broadband service at Picuris Pueblo in Taos County and on the Navajo Nation, which spans New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Of the total award, more than $2 million will support wireless deployment over the next three years to 2,096 people living in New Mexico.
The FCC created the Tribal Mobility Fund as part of its reform of the Universal Service Fund. Through the initial phase of the fund, the FCC awarded a total of $49.8 million in one-time support to companies across five states that agreed to build 3G or 4G mobile broadband networks for currently underserved Tribal lands.
Both Udall and Luján have strongly supported the expansion of broadband and wireless technology to Tribal and rural communities to help spur the growth of businesses and increase educational opportunities.
“Wireless coverage not only keeps us connected but can truly save lives during an emergency, ” Udall said. “Wireless service in Tribal communities is vital for safety and security and to connect people and businesses around the world.