Tribal Broadband: Status of Deployment and Federal Funding Programs

A new report called Tribal Broadband: Status of Deployment and Federal Funding Programs was released this week. (The data appears to be from Dec 31, 2014.)

Here are some quick notes on deployment:

  • 10% of all Americans lack access to broadband (25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload)
  • 41% of Americans living on tribal lands lack access to broadband
  • 33% of Americans living on tribal lands in Minnesota lack access to broadband

And quick notes on funding opportunities:

  • FCC – High Cost/Connect America Fund Program
  • FCC – Schools and Libraries (E-Rate) Program
  • FCC – Lifeline Program
  • FCC – Rural Health Care Program/Healthcare Connect Fund
  • RUS – Community Connect Grant Program
  • RUS – Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program
  • RUS – Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
  • RUS – Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantee Program
  • Substantially Underserved Trust Areas (SUTA)

The report goes into detail and outlines some recommendations for further action.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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