August 15, 2022
Tribal Nations to receive funding for high-speed internet
Tribal nations across the country will be receiving additional funding for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program put forth by the Department of Commerce.
By Sarah Flower
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is adding an additional $1 billion to the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, bringing the total funding available to almost $2 billion.
More than 300 applicants were received during the first application window showing a significant need for high speed internet funding throughout Indian Country.
Five tribes in New Mexico are currently receiving $146 million in awards. One of those tribes is the Pueblo of Isleta tribe just outside of Albuquerque, Governor of the tribe, Vernon Abeita says they're receiving $26 million to help in part with connecting the tribe to better health care and educational needs.
According to the Biden Administration, roughly 470 tribes in 28 states have suggested that they would like to participate in the Digital Equity Planning Grant program.
The purpose of that program is to promote the achievement of digital equity and support digital inclusion on tribal entities.
Mitch Landrieu is the senior adviser to the President and White House infrastructure implementation coordinator. He says that this funding is going to continue to grow all across Indian country.
Throughout the month of August Landrieu says tribal applicants like tribal government, schools and utility companies will receive more than $500 million in grants.
The Department of Commerce says they'll be working with tribes in the coming months to submit applications and award funds. tribes that already submitted applications to the program will not need to reapply.
Reporting for KSUT Tribal Radio. I'm Sarah Flower
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