As tribes prepare to take advantage of unprecedented amounts of pandemic-relief funding — collectively, a wave of more than $65 billion from various US government agencies — planning for broadband network acquisitions has become a top priority, and the need for effective contracting has never been greater.
Building upon the highly acclaimed webinar hosted last month by CILS — entitled “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Procurement Practices for Tribal Broadband” — telecommunications experts will provide a deeper dive on critical contracting considerations. Attend this follow-on webinar where broadband experience, legal analysis and strategy perspectives will be shared by BBK, a law firm that works with government jurisdictions and enterprises; Geeks Without Frontiers, a non-profit organization that advises communities on broadband best practices; and Teltech, a tribally-led technology company with an extensive track record in contracting and procurement.
During the webinar, key topics to be addressed will include the following:
• How to ensure that your tribe is contracting for the most suitable broadband products and services,
• Whether contract terms and conditions have implications for major tribal priorities, such as sovereignty and socio-economic objectives like jobs, health, education, water management, etc.,
• Why the short, medium and long-term viability of networks depends on strong contract language.
CILS welcomes your participation in this important program and is pleased to share a recording of last month’s webinar, which can be seen at the following link: https://www.calindian.org/tribalbroadband/