About ATS

About the Alaska Tribal Spectrum

ATS is a Tribally-controlled nonprofit that in July 2020 had a primary mission to ensure that the FCC-offered 2.5 GHz spectrum was reserved for Tribal benefit before the FCC application window closed. In this mission, ATS was highly successful and, in just 2 months, ATS rallied with the support of 85 Tribal members to reserve spectrum over a large area of Alaska. This was possible because ATS understood the unique communication challenges for rural Alaskan Tribes and created a quick, simple way for Tribes to participate as a consortium and apply collectively instead of 85 individual efforts.

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Become a member of ATS

With that same simplified approach, ATS recently invited every Tribe in Alaska to join us in an NTIA application even larger mission to bring value to their spectrum.

The current mission of ATS is to:

  1. Leverage the FCC-awarded Tribal 2.5GHz spectrum to obtain last mile wireless infrastructure funding to create and expand a statewide Alaska Tribal Network (ATN) that will deliver sustainable, affordable “Broadband For All” everywhere in the State of Alaska.
  2. Obtain funding to significantly reduce the cost of middle mile for all rural Alaskans NOW.

 In Summary

What we are not

  • We are not asking any Tribe to give up any rights of ownership in their spectrum or anything else.
  • We do not charge any fees or dues of any kind to be a member or receive benefits.
  • We are not dictating what any Tribe should do. We offer choices and many benefits. Everything is the Tribe’s decision to choose to participate or not.
  • We are not an ISP. ATS is not a competitor to existing telecommunication service providers.
  • We are not a Co-op. We are not creating a utility.

What we are

  • We are a Tribally governed nonprofit. ATS manages the network policies that govern the 2.5 GHz spectrum usage for its Tribal members to maximize benefits for those members through our Tribally managed Policy Board.
  • We are a significant collective Tribal Voice for acquiring funding to make broadband affordable everywhere in Alaska. 
  • We have a twofold mission:
    1. Leverage the FCC awarded Tribal 2.5GHz spectrum to obtain last mile wireless infrastructure funding to create and expand a statewide Alaska Tribal Network (ATN) that will connect to any available middle mile to deliver sustainable, affordable “Broadband For All” everywhere in the State of Alaska.
    2. Obtain funding to significantly reduce the cost of middle mile for all rural Alaskans NOW.
  • ATS is partnering with OptimERA Inc to develop the  Alaska Tribal Network (ATN) which will provide significant benefits to our member communities. The ATN will enhance any existing microwave or fiber middle mile connections available in your community. If neither is available, advanced LEO and GEO satellite will be used instead.
  • We are a way to maximize the value of your spectrum. We are inviting all Tribes that own spectrum to consider having their spectrum managed on the ATN by joining ATS and benefitting in many ways. Your spectrum is always owned by your Tribe. Member tribes forfeit nothing. 
  • We are an easy way for your community to also receive large broadband grant subsidies. For example, ATS recently submitted an application to the NTIA, which included a request for a large subsidy for satellite middle mile to bring affordable broadband to ATS member villages for many years.
  • We are an enabler of future mobility for your village. We recently applied for last mile grant funding from the NTIA for broadband equipment only, however the equipment standards used to select that equipment will support extending the 2.5 GHz spectrum use to enable full community mobility in the future.
  • We offer a way for all of us to succeed together. As a single large multi-member Tribal application we offer a compelling value proposition for NTIA to fund our application. When we all work together for one larger goal, we all will win together.
  • We offer ways for existing or new telecommunication service providers to benefit and flourish on the ATN.

Benefits of being part of the ATN

Benefits include Tribal revenue, better equipment pricing, and more for your community.

Benefits of being a member of ATS

Benefits include Tribal revenue, being a part of the ATN, chances for additional revenue, and more.

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