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Starting a Tribally Owned Telecom

Tribal Telecom 2013

Why start a Tribal Telecom today?

- Will your Tribal Telecom generate rich profits?

Likely Not

- Will your Tribal Telecom generate long term economic Benefits?


- Is inexpensive, high-speed Internet required for economic sovereignty in the 21st Century?


Today’s Environment: less money, less credit

  • The stimulus has passed

  • Government budget cutting (and therefore continued economic stagnation for the majority) remains fashionable in Washington

  • Declining federal subsidies for rural phone companies

  • Credit is more difficult to secure for small businesses

The Big Picture: US Telecom and Broadband

  • Rapid, Radical change in the industry

    • Residential landlines are in steep decline (95% to 65%), Cellular and Broadband are growing

    • VoIP is emerging

    • Increased consolidation and monopoly behavior

      • AT&T and Verizon – Wireless

      • Comcast and Time Warner Cable – Broadband via old technology, copper

        US continues to lag other advanced economies in making inexpensive broadband widely available (bottom 1/3rd cannot afford)


  • Shared Community Vision and Commitment – It will be difficult

  • Funding – RUS / CoBank

    • Your banker will help you determine if you have a valid business plan with sufficient future cash flows. NTTA member companies would be happy to review your business plan confidentially if you would like.

  • FCC Office of Native Affairs and Policy (ONAP) Assistance

  • Management Talent – find a Telecom Executive with a successful track record

  • Board Talent – Find experienced telecom and finance professionals if possible

  • Staff Talent – You must import some experienced talent


  • Support firms specific to Telecom: Engineering, Accounting and Legal

  • R-O-W Plan must be Community/BIA approved upfront and a part of your business plan. Development of a utility grid is ideal

  • Finalize infrastructure acquisition negotiations, if any, before staffing the company

  • Public/Private partnership? Choose your partners wisely.

Thank You

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