"Recognizing that the telephone penetration rate on many tribal lands falls far below the national average, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken a series of steps, through initiatives and tribal outreach, to address the lack of communications deployment and subscribership on tribal lands nationwide. This guide was developed as part of the FCC's ongoing Indian Telecommunications Initiatives (ITI) outreach effort and is consistent with the desire to establish government-to-government working relationships with American Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages. The material that follows provides an overview of the FCC, the types of available communications technology, and FCC programs that are aimed at promoting telecommunications services in Indian Country. This information should prove helpful as a basic guide and starting point for tribal governments and organizations that are considering the deployment or expansion of telecommunications services in Indian Country. [...] The FCC recognizes the rights of tribal governments to set their own communications priorities and goals for the welfare of their membership. The FCC does not endorse or favor any particular communications technology or system over any other; instead the decision as to which communications technology and support programs are most appropriate should be based upon the particular needs of each community. This guides lists some of the key considerations that should be weighed in making such a decision."