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Telecommunication Issues in Indian Country. ATIC Pre-Summit April 19, 2007 Navajo Nation Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. National Telecom Issues. Telephone Penetration 76.4% - Indian Reservations 94.1% - National Average Access to Computers 26.8% - Indian Reservations

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Telecommunication issues in indian country

Telecommunication Issues in Indian Country

ATIC Pre-Summit

April 19, 2007

Navajo Nation Telecommunication Regulatory Commission


National telecom issues

National Telecom Issues

  • Telephone Penetration

    • 76.4% - Indian Reservations

    • 94.1% - National Average

  • Access to Computers

    • 26.8% - Indian Reservations

    • 42.1% - National Average

  • Access to Internet

    • 18.9% - Indian Reservations

    • 26.2% - National Average

      National Telecommunications & Information Administration, US DOC


Arizona telecommunication

Arizona Telecommunication

  • Ranked 36th in the nation in percentage of households with telephone service.

  • “Telephone penetration within Arizona is significantly lower in the state’s more rural areas, including much of Arizona’s Indian reservation lands.”

    Statewide Economic Study 2002, Arizona’s Telecommunications Infrastructure, Prepared for the

    Arizona Department of Commerce by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, NAU.


Telecommunication challenges

Telecommunication Challenges

  • Internet Subscribers – Data unknown

  • Limited Financial Resources

  • Rural and Rugged Terrain

  • Lack of Trained Technicians

  • Rights-of-way Issues

  • Jurisdictional Issues


Challenges on navajo nation

Challenges on Navajo Nation

  • There is $1 billion in salaries and wages earned on the Navajo Nation. Yet only $231,305,889 in retail sales are occurring on the Nation. Thus, 71% of the income earned of the Nation is benefiting non-Navajo communities.

  • Navajo Unemployment rate is 42.16%.

  • The poverty level on the Navajo Nation is 42.9%.

  • Dual taxation continues to exist. Nation is asked to waive it’s tax first.

    Office of the Navajo Tax Commission, 2005


Hb 2689

HB 2689

  • Reservation Telecommunication Legislative Study Committee

    • Identify methods to track tribal contributions to the state transaction privilege tax (TPT);

    • Identify an appropriate distribution formula that is modeled after the current city and state shared revenue formulas;

    • Identify an appropriate transaction privilege tax distribution process for tribal governments;

    • Recommend tribal telecommunications legislation that incorporates the state transaction privilege tax; and

    • Submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate on or before June 30, 2007.


Distribution of az tpt

Distribution Base

25 % - cities

Allocated among incorporated cities and towns

40.51% - counties

Allocated among Arizona Counties

34.49% - gen. fund

A.R.S. 42-5029

Non-shared

100% - gen. fund

Distribution of AZ TPT


County city tpt distribution

County-City TPT Distribution


Reservation tpt collections

Reservation TPT Collections

Arizona Department of Revenue


Reservation tpt collections1

Reservation TPT Collections


Meetings held

Meetings Held

  • 2 Ad Hoc Meetings - Summary

    • Need for Telecommunication Infrastructure

    • Educate, Build Support & Consensus

    • Work with Tribes & Governor

  • Arizona Department of Revenue

    • Alternative Model for TPT Revenue Sharing

  • Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona

    • Informed Tribes and Request for Participation


  • Goals for rtlsc meetings

    Goals for RTLSC Meetings

    • 2/16/07: Dialogue with Tribal Telecom & ITCA

      • Introduce the Concept, Navajo & Hopi Presentations

  • 3/27/07: Dialogue with State & Local Govt’s

    • Counties, ADOR, ACC, etc.

  • Meeting 3: Dialogue with Telecom Industry

    • 2007 AZ Telecom Summit

  • Meeting 4: Follow up w/ Tribes & Stakeholders

    • Propose Alternative Models

  • Meeting 5: Ratify Proposed Model

    • For RTLSC Report


  • Postcard to congress

    “Postcard to Congress”

    • HCM 2007: Telecom; Native Americans

      • Recognize the rights of tribal governments and communities to exercise regulatory jurisdiction over telecommunication activities within the boundaries of reservations

      • Allocate sufficient Homeland Security funds to tribes for the development of telecommunication build-out necessary to mitigate various emergencies

      • Support and advance public safety implementation among tribes and communities through the provision of grants for the development of telecommunications and information technology capacities among various public safety providers

      • Encourage local governments to provide partnership opportunities the promote telecommunication services and that are mutually beneficial for the welfare of all state citizens


    Contacts

    Contacts

    • Navajo Nation Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

      • Ernest Franklin, Executive Director

        • PO Box 900

        • Window Rock, AZ 86515

        • Phone: (928) 871-7854

        • Fax: (928) 871-7856

        • Web: www:nntrc.org

        • Email: [email protected]

    • Navajo Nation Communications & Utilities Department

      • Pearl Lee, Program Manager

        • PO Box 2928

        • Window Rock, AZ 86515

        • Phone: (928) 871-7740

        • Fax: (928) 871-7741

        • Email: [email protected]

    • Native Policy Group, LLC

      • Ron Lee, Government Relations & Legislative Affairs

        • Phone: (602) 319-4419

        • Email: [email protected]


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