Navigating the invoice process

This resource is apart of the E-rate training and goes over the process of invoicing. In this resource you can find:
• Invoice Methods
• Before You Begin
• BEAR and SPI Video Walkthroughs
• When to File / Deadlines
• Invoice Review Process
• Invoicing Tips

National Tribal Broadband Grant (NTBG)

The National Tribal Broadband Grant (NTBG), which funds broadband development or expansion, is now accepting applications through October 17, 2022.

USDA Resource guide for American Indians and Alaska natives 2022

The USDA Resource guide for American Indians and Alaska natives 2022 resource guide provides funding resources for a variety of tribal community projects. Broadband and telecommunications funding can be found on page 28 (section 4.2.)

Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund

The Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund provides flexible support for eligible revenue sharing counties and eligible Tribal governments to meet their jurisdiction’s needs. Specifically, the statute directs that recipients may use funds for any governmental purpose other than a lobbying activity.

As a general matter, recipients may treat these funds in a similar manner to how they treat funds generated from their own revenue. Programs, services, and capital expenditures that are traditionally undertaken by a government are considered to fulfill a “governmental purpose.” For Tribal governments, investing in activities undertaken by Tribal enterprises, such as operating or capital expenditures for businesses that are owned or controlled by a Tribal government, are considered a governmental purpose. Recipients should refer to the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund guidance for more information on eligible and ineligible uses.

All funds are available to recipients until expended or returned to Treasury.

For more information and to apply, click here.

How to get certified to be a tower climber

Here is an example of one way to obtain tower climbing certification.

Tower Climbing safety videos

Here you can find some tower safety videos on how to insure your tower technicians are working safely. For more videos on tower safety, click here.

Tower inspection
Tower climbing safety
PPE inspection
Remote tower climbing safety
Night time tower climbing

Roof installation safety video

Here you can find a short video on rooftop installation safety.

Exploring Digital Equity Fact Sheets

The Local Institute for Self Reliance has complied a list of possible challenges issues you may encounter. The Exploring Digital Equity Fact Sheet Series unpacks the issues, challenges, and opportunities today.

IP addressing tools

The following tools can aid you while assigning IP addresses:


The IP Subnet Mask Calculator enables subnet network calculations using network class, IP address, subnet mask, subnet bits, mask bits, maximum required IP subnets and maximum required hosts per subnet.

NetBox is an infrastructure resource modeling (IRM) application designed to empower network automation. Initially conceived by the network engineering team at DigitalOcean, NetBox was developed specifically to address the needs of network and infrastructure engineers. NetBox is made available as open source under the Apache 2 license. It encompasses the following aspects of network management:

Unlock Connectivity Grant

Althea announces the "Unlock Connectivity Grant 2022" for a creative approach to connectivity in challenging areas using KeyLTE, a flexible LTE Core solution. This grant will provide up to $15,000 worth of LTE radios and equipment, with supplementary design and planning services provided at no additional cost.

For more information, click here.

Tribal Broadband Bootcamp 03 Virtual Session 2 - IP Addressing and Fiber

This virtual training video discusses some basics of IP addressing and then moves into a discussion about planning for a fiber network.

Tribal Broadband Bootcamp 03 Virtual Session 1 - Introduction and Internet Basics

This training video from the Tribal Broadband Bootcamp provides basic internet information.

Local Agency Technical Assistance (LATA) Grant Applications (California only)

The CPUC has released Local Agency Technical Assistance (LATA) Grant Applications.

The CPUC established the LATA Grant Program for eligible pre-construction work, including environmental studies and clearance, facilitating broadband network projects to areas in need. 

The Grant Applications are being accepted by the CPUC from eligible Local Agencies on a continuous basis with no set Grant deadline.

For more information, click here.

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program

The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, provides $42.45 billion to expand high-speed internet access by funding planning, infrastructure deployment and adoption programs in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information, click here.

Fixed Broadband Deployment Data from FCC Form 477

All facilities-based broadband providers are required to file data with the FCC twice a year (Form 477) on where they offer Internet access service at speeds exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction. This includes fixed providers and mobile providers. Fixed providers file lists of census blocks in which they can or do offer service to at least one location, with additional information about the service. Mobile providers file maps of their coverage areas for each broadband technology (e.g., EV-DO, HSPA, LTE).

For more information, click here.

For form 477 Resources click here.

DIGITAL EQUITY PLANNING GRANT PROGRAM: Application Guidance

Here you can find an application overview on the Digital Equity Planning Grant, as well as Letter of Intent (LOI) templets to be used by tribes(pages 28-29):

NDN Collective Community Action Fund

The NDN CAF grants will support efforts that include community organizing, amplification of community voices, and utilize a wide variety of tactics imperative to shifting the political and financial systems that are impacting our communities.

Areas of emphasis may include: climate justice and racial equity efforts, challenging the extractive industry, accelerating the just energy transition in Indigenous communities, healing justice work within the movement, training the next generation of community organizers, and specific Landback efforts that connect, coordinate, resource and amplify the movement and communities that are fighting for Landback; the reclamation and return of Indigenous lands to Indigenous hands.  Direct expenses may include funding for travel, supplies, equipment, consultants, contractual services and staff that support various forms of NVDA (non-violent direct action), i.e.;  marches, camps, boycotts, prayer vigils as a form of resistance, organizing or protest to affect change.  Action may also include community-based response to climate events such as flooding, fires, earthquakes.

The average grant award is $15,000 but can range up to $30,000. 

Grant Applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis between April and October by clicking here.

NDN Collective Community Self Determination Grants

This unprecedented grant opportunity will support and invest in the long-term visions, priorities and power building of Indigenous Nations, communities and Peoples through Indigenous decision-making and leadership. Grants of up to $100,000 per year, with commitments up to two years, are available to Indigenous-led organizations working in the defense, development, and/or decolonization of Indigenous Peoples and the planet, with a maximum grant award of $200,000 for commitments over two years.
NDN Collective’s mission is to build the collective power of Indigenous Peoples, communities and nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice and equity for all people and the planet. Tribes, First Nations, Inuit, Metis and Indigenous-led nonprofit organizations across Turtle Island and beyond (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), spanning North America and the post-colonial borders of the United States, Mexico and Canada are eligible to apply.

Letters of Interest (LOIs) are due by 5pm CST on Monday, August 1, 2022. Invitations for full applications, if selected, are expected to be released by Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Applicants will be notified of either an invitation or declination at that time. Final applications are due by 5pm CST on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. 

For more information, click here.

Troubleshooting for customers

Internet outages are frustrating for everyone. Here you can find a document that will help customers troubleshoot outages at home:

Millennium Geospatial Design Guide

For information on Cable Sizing and Routing, Slack Loops , Conduit and Underground Structures, Strand and Aerial Placement, Splicing and Fiber Assignments, Multiport Service Terminal (MST), Aerial Drops, Underground Drops, Fiber Distribution Hub (Passive Cabinet), Optical Line Terminal (Active Cabinet) please see the following guide: