National Tribal Broadband Summit

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Expanding Opportunity, Access, and Connectivity in Indian Country doi.gov/tribalbroadband

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Expanding Opportunity, Access, and Connectivity in Indian Country

On September 23rd and 24th, the Department of the Interior (DOI) in collaboration with the Department of Education (ED) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will host Tribes, private industry, Federal agencies, and other stakeholders at a two-day National Tribal Broadband Summit (Summit) in Washington, DC.

This landmark National Tribal Broadband Summit aims to build capacity among Tribal communities to support broadband deployment and adoption, and identify new opportunities for private sector investment in broadband. The Summit provides an opportunity for Tribal Leaders, representatives of Tribal organizations, representatives of schools and school districts serving under-connected Native students, Tribal libraries, museums, and cultural centers, private sector, and federal program managers and policymakers to facilitate meaningful discussions focused on bridging the connectivity gap in Indian Country.

Sessions will focus on topics including: Funding Broadband Infrastructure, Connectivity Solutions, Planning and Implementation, Community Engagement & Partnerships, Leveraging Technology for Social and Economic Well-being, and Protecting & Preserving Culture.

Importance of this Summit

Currently, broadband access in other rural parts of the country outpaces development on rural Tribal lands. A large proportion of Tribal areas are located on rough terrain in remote, rural areas. Like most rural locations, there is lower population density than in urban areas. These factors drive up the costs for businesses to serve Tribal areas, creating a barrier to broadband deployment on Tribal lands. Rural broadband deployment is achievable - 73.3% of rural non-tribal locations have at least on broadband provider. However, only 46.6% of rural tribal locations have coverage.

Participants will leave the two-day Summit with the tools to bridge the connectivity gap in Indian Country and unlock the opportunities that broadband access can provide.

Bringing New and Innovative Opportunities to Indian Country

Broadband access in many parts of Indian Country is complicated by the need for federal appraisals, rights-of-way permits, and obtaining favorable environmental impact assessments. The National Tribal Broadband Summit is part of DOI’s ongoing efforts to close the connectivity gap. Last year, DOI released the Connectivity in Rural America Report which identified several opportunities to improve internal policies and procedures to better support broadband development in Indian Country and hosted a Rural Broadband Roundtable with representatives from the telecommunications and internet service provider industries. DOI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are actively working to implement these recommendations.

With DOI and BIA working internally to make broadband development in Indian Country less burdensome, the National Tribal Broadband Summit will highlight the other critical components to achieving full broadband dispersion throughout Indian Country: new technologies and innovative partnership solutions.

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