Matthew Rantanen

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Country: USA
Email: mrantanen [at]
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Matthew Rantanen has been the Director of Technology at the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association, a non-profit of 19 Native tribes in the San Diego County, since October 2001. He provides IT Direction and Network Technology Staff direction for a WAN spanning 250 miles and supporting 65+ tribal municipality buildings.[1] He helped establish the first FCC Tribal Priority for broadcasting and the the new FCC Office of Native Affairs and Policy; he oversees programs and services for the 53 Native-owned and licensed non-commercial educational radio stations.[1]

He is involved with many aspects of Native communications, holding the following roles: [1]

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Native Public Media, since October 2011
  • Native Nations Broadband Task Force Member of the FCC, since February 2011
  • Co-Chair of the Technology and Telecom Subcommittee of the National Congress of American Indians, since April 2013
  • Vice President of Technology of Southern California Tribal Technologies, LLC, since October 2005

Additionally, he is involved with ICANN through Native Public Media, which is an At-Large advisor to ICANN. He is also involved with NARALO, and is generally passionate about changing the digital landscape for the indigenous population of the USA, as a self-professed "cyber warrior for tribal broadband".[2]

He is an occasional ICANN attendee; as of ICANN 51 in Los Angeles, he had attended a few ICANN Meeting and had previously attended IGF as well.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Matthew Rantanen,
  2. 2.0 2.1 ICANN 51 Intake Form. Retrieved 2014 November 2.