WASHINGTON (KTVZ) – The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced Wednesday that it has awarded nine grants as part of the Tribal Broadband Program, including nearly $7 million to the Warm Springs Confederated Tribes in Oregon.
These new grants, which total more than $40.3 million, bring the program’s total to nearly $1.7 billion awarded to 130 Tribal organizations. Funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, these grants will expand the deployment of high-speed Internet service and digital skills training to improve access to education, employment and health care on Tribal lands.
“The Biden-Harris administration is committed to connecting all tribal communities to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet service,” said Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. “The investment we announced today is a critical step in closing the digital divide in Indian Country.”
Tribes in six states received grants: Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Maine. These awards are part of the Biden administration’s nation-to-nation engagement and efforts to connect everyone in America, including Native Americans and Alaska Natives, to affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet service.
Projects funded by these awards will directly connect 3,222 underserved Native American households previously unconnected to high-speed Internet, as well as businesses and anchor institutions. In addition, the nine grants will create 85 new jobs.
The Tribal Broadband Program is a nearly $3 billion grant program and is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s Internet for All initiative. Funding comes from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act ($2 billion) and Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 ($980 million).
About $2 billion in funding was provided as part of the The funding opportunity notification was announced in June 2021. A Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $1 billion in funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act will be announced in the coming months. NTIA held three tribal consultations with tribal leaders to solicit their input on the upcoming NOFO.
Internet for all
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act includes a historic $65 billion investment to expand affordable and reliable high-speed Internet access in US communities. NTIA recently launched a series of new high-speed Internet grant programs funded by the Act that will build high-speed Internet infrastructure. across the country, create lower-cost high-speed Internet service options, and address the needs of digital equity and inclusion in our communities.
In addition, the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Communications Program (ACP) provides up to $30 per month in rebates for Internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on eligible Tribal lands. A visit AffordableConnectivity.gov to learn more.
For more information on the Biden-Harris administration’s high-speed Internet service plans, visit InternetforAll.gov.
|Applicant||Location:||Program Type:||Funding amount||Description:|
|Ak-Chin Indian community||AZ:||Deployment of broadband infrastructure||$3,080,698.37||The Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Project proposes to install fiber optic and wireless service connecting 255 unserved Native American households with 100 Mbps balanced wire and 50/6 Mbps wireless speeds.|
|Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians||There is||Deployment of broadband infrastructure||$2,710,067.25||The broadband infrastructure deployment project proposes to install optical fiber directly connecting 45 unserved tribal households, 3 unserved tribal businesses and 6 unserved tribal community anchor facilities with 1 Gbps qualified broadband service.|
|Fort Independence Indian Reservation||There is||Deployment of broadband infrastructure||$1,510,610.82||The broadband infrastructure deployment project proposes to install fiber to directly connect 52 unserved tribal households, 5 unserved tribal businesses and 6 unserved tribal community anchor facilities with 1 Gbps/1 Gbps qualifying broadband service.|
|Indian Urban Tribal Government||ME:||Broadband usage and adoption||$500,000.00||The broadband use and adoption project will assist the Passamaquoddy Tribe in creating and implementing digital inclusion, distance learning and telehealth and telework programs for the benefit of their Tribal members.|
|Picuris Pueblo Indian tribe||N.M||Deployment of broadband infrastructure||$3,742,991.00||The broadband infrastructure deployment project proposes to install fiber directly connecting 79 unserved Native American households, 15 tribal offices, 2 tribal businesses, and 3 community anchor facilities with adequate broadband service at up to 1 Gbps symmetrical speeds.|
|Pueblo of Santa Clara||N.M||Deployment of broadband infrastructure||$9,175,946.00||The Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Project proposes to install fiber directly connecting 600 unserved Native American households with fiber-to-the-home 1 Gbps symmetrical and 50/10 Mbps wireless service.|
|Shawnee tribe of eastern Oklahoma||ok||Deployment of broadband infrastructure||$2,630,650.00||The Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Project proposes to install fiber to directly connect 355 unserved Native American households with broadband service from 25/3 Mbps to 1000/50 Mbps.|
|Apache Tribe of Oklahoma||ok||Deployment of broadband infrastructure||$9,980,139.09||The broadband infrastructure deployment project proposes to install an 80-mile, mid-mile fiber path that will directly connect 36 anchor facilities in the community as a last-mile system. In addition, this mid-mile fiber will connect to the community’s 3.6 GHz fixed wireless system, which will be used to connect 900 unserved Native American households and 860 Native American businesses with corresponding 100/20 Mbps broadband speeds.|
|Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs||OR:||Deployment of broadband infrastructure||$6,988,050.00||The Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Project proposes to deploy last mile fiber to 936 unserved tribal households, 21 unserved tribal businesses and 5 unserved tribal community anchor facilities with quality broadband service ranging from 25/3 Mbps to 1000/50 Mbps. at speed.|