The Challenge: 

To identify the truth about the broadband blind spots that exist in and around Indian Country


What is a broadband blind spot?

In the United States and other countries, many areas lack access to broadband (high-speed) internet service, limiting access to slower “dial-up” technology.  Anecdotal information suggests that, on tribal lands, broadband coverage is less than 10% per capita, and may be as low as 4% - lower than in many developing countries.

 


Why does broadband technology matter?

Broadband blind spots matter because they contribute to a persistent communication gap that hinders development.  In today’s economy, reliable access to high speed internet and telecommunication is essential for business and economic development, efficiency, and effectiveness.  Broadband Internet has been available for 20 years; over this time broadband has become a key component to federal, state, local, and tribal governments, most sectors of the economy, and an increasing number of households. The absence of broadband Internet and telecommunication inhibits tribal sovereignty, self-governance, and most components of strategic plans (e.g., healthcare, education, transportation, commerce).