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Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program Awardees

NTIA is continuing to review the more than 280 applications received during the application window, which closed on Sept. 1, 2021. The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program will announce additional awards on a rolling basis as they go through NTIA's review process. 

Alaska Federation of Natives
Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
Cape Fox Corporation
Catawba Indian Nation
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Delaware Nation
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
Forest County Potawatomi Community
Gila River Indian Community
Healy Lake Village
Ketchikan Indian Community
Kotzebue IRA
Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
Narragansett Indian Tribe
Native Village of False Pass
Native Village of Selawik
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi
Pawnee Nation College
Pauma Band of Luiseno Indians
Pinoleville Pomo Nation
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of Rincon Reservation
Salamatof Native Association Inc
Salamatof Tribe
Samish Indian Nation
Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation
Skagway Traditional Council
Sokaogon Chippewa Community
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
The Suquamish Tribe
Taos Pueblo
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
United Urban Indian Council Inc.
Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe
Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Village of Clarks Point
Yavapai-Apache Nation

 

 

Applicant

Alaska Federation of Natives

Project Title

Alaska Federation of Natives Broadband Use and Adoption Consortium Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

City/Town

N/A

State

Alaska

Grant Funding

$35,102,141.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes a consortium consisting of 73 Alaska Native Tribal governments, Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), and tribal organizations to reduce barriers to broadband usage among Native Alaskans by providing broadband-enabled devices, subsidizing broadband service, and implementing digital skills and workforce training. It will also seek to improve health care access among tribal communities by equipping Alaska tribal health partners with the equipment and training needed to offer telehealth services.

Activities

The project will implement seven activities aimed at addressing critical challenges faced by Alaskan Natives preventing broadband adoption and use:

  • Conduct needs assessments and surveys among target populations to determine challenges and local needs;
  • Distribute broadband capable devices through partner organizations;
  • Design and implement a training program to build digital skills and familiarity with broadband resources and technology among Alaskan Native populations;
  • Implement a workforce development program to train individuals for future careers in the IT field;
  • Train and deploy 10 “Circuit Riders” to serve as technicians for local communities, maintain program resources, and provide expertise and training related to broadband technology;
  • Provide a broadband subsidy between $75-150 a month to support broadband affordability for Alaskan Native households. Alaska Federation of Natives will work with eligible recipients to ensure that they sign up for the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program’s $75 monthly subsidy for those living on Tribal lands and will provide an additional subsidy of up to $150 per month where necessary. AFN has developed safeguards to prevent duplication of funding, which it has committed to implementing if it receives a TBCP award, in accordance with TBCP Specific Award Condition 14 (No Duplication of Federal Funding); and
  • Equip local tribal health care facilities with various telehealth enabled devices and train local health aides in accessing telehealth resources and services.
Outcomes

Increase access to broadband service that is currently lacking due to cost or remoteness of location. Address the lack of broadband devices and required basic training community-wide. Increase local skills and training that will allow communities to develop their workforce and increase employability of Alaskan Natives. Equip local health providers with the training and equipment to improve healthcare access and outcomes through telehealth.

Beneficiaries

This project will serve 62 Alaskan Native communities or ANCs, provide subsidized Internet service for an estimated 2,777 Alaskan Native households, provide broadband devices to an estimated 8,877 individuals, and employ and train 10 IT technicians.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Cabazon Band of Mission Indians

Project Title

Cabazon Housing Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Project

City/Town

Indio

State

California

Grant Funding

$320,346.40

Project Purpose/Type

The project proposes to install fiber directly connecting 17 unserved Native American households with qualifying broadband service.

Activities

The project proposes the following activities designed to improve access to, and use of, broadband services among Tribal members:

  • Installing 5,400 linear feet of a 12 strand-SM fiber Optic Cable from an existing connection point to the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians (CBMI) Reservation known as “Tribal Housing”. Activities include construction and underground installation of the cable in existing right of ways in the city of Coachella and on the CBMI Reservation.
  • Install underground fiber drops to individual Tribal households along with all necessary equipment to establish services.
  • Negotiate agreements with service providers for Internet access at Tribal Housing.
Outcomes

Provide access to telemedicine for all Tribal members and elders. Provide distance learning and educational access for all and the ability to work from home for those unable to return to work. Currently, all five elected Tribal Council members reside in Tribal Housing and have yet to return to in person meetings and gatherings. This project would allow them to continue to safely conduct Tribal business from a remote location.

Beneficiaries

CBMI Reservation

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Cape Fox Corporation LLC

Project Title

Cape Fox Corporation Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program - Adoption and Use

City/Town

Ketchikan

State

Alaska

Grant Funding

$1,901,262.82

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to address key challenges confronting the Cape Fox Corporation in developing programs and resources to address systemic and COVID-19 related concerns, building capacity to expand broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, telework, and digital inclusion efforts.

Activities

The project will implement the following activities aimed at addressing critical challenges faced by Alaska Natives within the Tribal service area:

  • Purchase one year of broadband service for unserved or underserved Tribal households on the reservation in addition to broadband equipment and personal devices for each household to enable network connections;
  • Purchase devices and plans for an estimated 25% of Tribal members who currently have no access to telecommunications devices;
  • Conduct an assessment to better understand the needs and requirements of Tribal members and expand affordable programs focused on distance learning, telehealth, telework, and digital skills training;
  • Deliver training to all 175 Tribal households on IT fundamentals and provide specialized training for broadband installation for those looking at a career in the field with the goal of targeting up to five individuals; and
  • Purchase computer devices and broadband equipment for community members to support telehealth and distance learning initiatives.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to increase broadband adoptions by providing support for tribal households in affording broadband services and promoting telehealth, distance learning, and digital inclusion efforts.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to benefit 175 Alaska Native households, 865 individual Alaska Natives, and community anchor institutions such as education centers and health clinics.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Catawba Indian Nation

Project Title

Catawba Nation Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

City/Town

Rock Hill

State

South Carolina

Grant Funding

$900,578.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project will provide free or reduced cost broadband service to 1,790 Native American tribal households in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The project will also enhance tribal operations and programs through improvements to tribal electrical and AV systems, as well as the provision of Zoom-enabled laptops to staff engaged in telehealth and e-commerce related activities.

Activities

The project will implement the following activities aimed at addressing critical challenges faced by the Native Americans in the Tribal service area:

  • Provide broadband service to tribal households with either seniors or school age children, and a 50% service discount for all other tribal households for six months;
  • Upgrade of tribal AV electrical and AV equipment to expand digital access to tribal events, gatherings, and meetings; and
  • Purchase of laptops and Zoom subscriptions for five tribal employees engaged in telehealth and economic development related activities.
Outcomes

Provide support for tribal households in affording broadband services. Increase accessibility of tribal meetings and events. Remote work opportunities and continuity of service for tribal employees.

Beneficiaries

This project will serve 1,790 tribal households, five Tribal employees, and the wider Catawba community

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority

Project Title

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority Broadband Use and Adoption Project

City/Town

Eagle Butte

State

South Dakota

Grant Funding

$2,367,685.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to address key challenges confronting the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority (CRSTTA). Despite offering broadband service to 90% of 2.8 million acres of the Cheyenne River Reservation, CRSTTA’s broadband subscription penetration is approximately 58% and CRSTTA is unable to reduce its broadband service pricing. The implementation of this project will enable broadband adoption activities, including digital inclusion efforts and affordable broadband programs.

Activities

The project intends to increase broadband adoption among Tribal area residents in three ways:

  • CRSTTA will offer a monthly broadband service discount up to $35 for all new and existing residential broadband subscribers for three years. It will also offer higher download and upload speeds ranging from 50/25 Mbps to 250/50 Mbps without service charge increases;
  • CRSTTA will increase outreach and education efforts to inform customers about existing federal Lifeline and EBB programs; and
  • CRSTTA will develop a “Digital Awareness and Training Program” to increase digital literacy among Tribal communities and households within its service area.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to increase the number of Tribal households and institutions to 1,732 that subscribe to broadband services as well as shrink the digital divide that exists among Tribal communities via digital literacy programs.

Beneficiaries

The project will benefit 20 different communities that reside within CRSTTA’s service area, covering 4,676 square miles of Tribal lands.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

Project Title

Broadband Infrastructure Deployment - Network Planning Project

City/Town

Lincoln

State

Oregon

Grant Funding

$500,000.00

Project Purpose/Type

This planning study intends to fund network planning activities in order to develop a solution for broadband infrastructure connection, construction, and service deployment for currently unserved Native American households, businesses, and community anchor institutions in and around reservation land located in Lincoln County, Oregon.

Activities

Project activities in support of the planning study include:

  • Recruiting a Project Manager to oversee the planning and future implementation of the broadband infrastructure deployment project. The Project Manager will be an employee of the Tribal government and oversee the entirety of the project lifecycle including the initial network planning phase that is the focus of the study as well as the subsequent broadband infrastructure construction and service deployment that results.
  • Conducting a market study for Lincoln County that comprehensively analyzes the market for broadband service in the proposed service area.
  • Performing an assessment of potential partners for broadband infrastructure construction and service deployment in the proposed service area.
  • Conducting preliminary engineering and network design for the future broadband infrastructure construction and service deployment project.
  • Conducting a financial feasibility and sustainability study to confirm that the broadband infrastructure construction and service deployment is financially stable into future years.
Outcomes

A well developed and documented solution for future broadband infrastructure deployment for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

Beneficiaries

The Siletz Tribe’s proposed service area covered under the study is a portion of Lincoln County, Oregon. The ultimate beneficiaries of the project are 85 unserved Native American households of which 47.4% are at or below 150% of the poverty line. The area is an unserved area as there is currently no broadband service provider offering qualifying broadband service.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana

Project Title

Coushatta Tribal Broadband Feasibility and Design Project

City/Town

Elton

State

Louisiana

Grant Funding

$365,744.11

Project Purpose/Type

This Planning, Engineering, Feasibility, and Sustainability project will fund a comprehensive feasibility study focused on technical design, market conditions, and financial requirements to provide future broadband services for approximately 865 Tribal members.

Activities

Project activities in support of the planning study include:

  • Assess the technical viability and project potential of owning broadband infrastructure as well as the creation of broadband design engineering.
  • Evaluate potential partnering opportunities with third party vendors for broadband deployment and delivery of services.
  • Determine financial and organizational viability and project potential of delivering broadband services.
  • Analyze existing systems to understand required network and systems upgrades.
Outcomes

A well-developed, “shovel ready” project designed and vetted for future broadband infrastructure deployment in support of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to benefit 50 Tribal households on Tribal land and an additional 300 Tribal households who live on adjacent land. Tribal members are largely unserved or only have access to unstable broadband services due to high costs within their area. 52.63% of Tribal members live below the 150% Federal Poverty Level.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Project Title

Cowlitz Digital Inclusion Broadband Connectivity FY2021

City/Town

Longview

State

Washington

Grant Funding

$7,580,563.59

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to increase broadband use and adoption among Native American Tribal citizens and community members in Longview, Washington through the implementation of affordable broadband services, distribution of enabled devices, digital literacy and skills training programs, and the launch of a Tribal platform for the delivery of tribal services.

Activities

The project will implement the following activities aimed at addressing critical challenges faced by the Native Americans in the Tribal service area resulting from a severe lack of broadband access or service:

  • Conduct an assessment of needs and barriers for tribal members related to broadband affordability and device availability;
  • Provide subsidies for affordable broadband service to tribal members currently without service or who need assistance maintaining their existing connection;
  • Provide appropriate broadband enabled devices to those tribal members lacking a qualified device;
  • Creation of digital literacy and skills building programs for both tribal members and employees; and
  • Implementation of an online Tribal Portal to provide tribal services online, as well as a Digital and Health Equity dashboard to monitor and report program progress.
Outcomes

Increase and preserve access to broadband services that are currently limited due to cost. Increase the number of tribal households with a broadband enabled device. Reduce the digital divide through digital skills trainings for tribal members and employees. Reduce barriers to accessing broadband or telehealth resources. Create a user-friendly online resource for tribal use.

Beneficiaries

The project will serve approximately 1,125 households, 490 working age tribal members, 150 tribal employees, as well as 3,275 individuals

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Project Title

Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians Tribal Broadband Connectivity Project

City/Town

Redwood Valley

State

California

Grant Funding

$596,796.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to increase broadband capacity and service for Tribal households as well as Tribal government facilities and other community anchor institutions. The applicant will strengthen broadband services by purchasing and installing broadband equipment that will enable the Tribe to provide broadband service for the entire reservation. The project will also promote broadband adoption activities, including distance learning, telework, and entrepreneurship.

Activities

The project will implement six activities aimed at addressing the key challenges currently faced by Tribal members that hampers broadband service and access. These activities include:

  • Provide broadband service at no cost to Tribal households for three years, purchased in full during year one of the project;
  • Upgrade or purchase broadband equipment to facilitate distance learning and strengthen the capabilities of community anchor institutions;
  • Build digital skills of Tribal government staff and Tribal members by hiring an IT instructor to develop and implement a Microsoft skills development course;
  • Contract broadband user support services to provide end user support;
  • Purchase broadband equipment and software to outfit community anchor institutions and government offices, enabling better communications between members and facilitate telework; and
  • Purchase a generator with an automatic transfer switch to ensure broadband services remain uninterrupted in the event of power supply issues or natural disaster impacts on the reservation.
Outcomes

The project’s intended outcome is to improve broadband capacity and capabilities for community anchor institutions while expanding broadband adoption activities, including distance learning, telework, and entrepreneurship for Tribal members.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to benefit 225 Tribal members who reside in 68 housing units in addition to seven community anchor institutions and community meeting spaces.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Delaware Nation

Project Title

Broadband Use & Adoption Programs for Delaware Nation

City/Town

Anadarko

State

Oklahoma

Grant Funding

$7,219,710.96

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to address key challenges impeding the Delaware Nation’s ability to provide broadband service and equipment for Tribal members. The project will upgrade capacity at specific community anchor institutions and provide broadband equipment and service to Tribal members focused on broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, workforce development, and digital inclusion efforts.

Activities

The project intends to execute four specific activities to address challenges within the Delaware Nation:

  • Purchase broadband service and equipment for 1,000 low-income Tribal households and individuals;
  • Establish a public Wi-Fi network with access points at community anchor institutions to enable Tribal members to increase broadband use and adoption through seamless connections to secure, dedicated and reliable broadband service;
  • Provide Tribal households with broadband equipment to assist with telehealth programs, including specialized medical equipment; and
  • Provide broadband equipment to Tribal members to assist with workforce development and distance learning.
Outcomes

The project’s proposed outcome is to improve broadband capacity and capabilities for seven community anchor institutions in addition to expanding broadband adoption activities for individuals, including telehealth, distance learning, workforce development, and digital literacy.

Beneficiaries

This project intends to benefit over 2,000 Tribal members grouped into approximately 1,400 Tribal households.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Project Title

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (FSST) Broadband Adoption and Sustainability Project

City/Town

Flandreau

State

South Dakota

Grant Funding

$2,477,508.60

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption Project proposes to provide broadband access for Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal households, businesses, and community anchor institutions in Moody County, South Dakota. The project will enable broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, and digital inclusion efforts.

Activities

The project will implement four activities aimed at addressing challenges faced by Native Americans within the Tribal service area:

  • Prepay Valley FiberCom broadband service with 1Gb upload and download speeds for 5 years for 241 Tribal households;
  • Secure a discounted rate from Valley FiberCom with “no data caps” for Tribal members in addition to network and equipment maintenance;
  • In partnership with Valley FiberCom, develop and execute digital training sessions for Tribal members. Upon course completion, Tribal households will be able to receive personal broadband equipment; and
  • Provide broadband-enabled electronic devices.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to improve broadband access, supporting broadband adoption activities including telehealth, distance learning, and digital inclusion efforts.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to benefit 241 Tribal households and businesses.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Forest County Potawatomi Community

Project Title

FCPC Solar Broadband Project

City/Town

Crandon

State

Wisconsin

Grant Funding

$125,232.00

Project Purpose/Type

The Forest County Potawatomi Community Solar Broadband Project proposes to provide reliable broadband service to the Tribe’s critical solar arrays. This project will support economic and workforce development capacity in addition to improving the Tribe’s resilience through increased telework capabilities.

Activities

The project proposes to upgrade and improve existing broadband infrastructure to enable the delivery of higher speed broadband service to community anchor institutions located on the FCPC reservation, including the FCPC Energy Department and the Tribal Government campus. FCPC proposes to conduct the following activities:

  • Install wired connections to each of the 17 generation meters on the solar arrays to provide more reliable and higher-speed broadband service and eliminate costly data transmission gaps.
  • Provide real time solar PV generation data to the FCPC Energy Department supporting remote work capability as well as to provide reliable solar PV generation data that is currently vulnerable to technical failure and looming obsolescence due to insufficient broadband access.
  • Hire two qualified contractors to install underground conduit and connect the Tribe’s solar arrays to tech closet facilities.
Outcomes

To provide reliable broadband service to the Tribe’s solar arrays driving economic and workforce development capacity and improvements to the Tribe’s resiliency by increasing telework capacity and capability.

Beneficiaries

The proposed project service area will cover several community anchor institutions located on the reservation, including one that serves as a key source of employment in Forest County, supplying over 200 jobs. Additional sites are in the Stone Lake area, which houses the FCPC Tribal Government Campus.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Gila River Indian Community

Project Title

Gila River Indian Community

City/Town

Gila River

State

Arizona

Grant Funding

$4,477,345.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption Project proposes to improve access to, and use of, broadband services among Pima and Maricopa Tribal members in Pinal and Maricopa counties, Arizona. Broadband network expansion will assist in telehealth expansion, distance learning opportunities, affordable broadband service, economic growth, and digital inclusion efforts where demands for Internet access has grown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activities

The project intends to meet the following objectives:

  • Fund the purchase of improved Wi-Fi capability and extend the broadband range in community homes by upgrading customers to the most advanced mobile Wi-Fi devices and subsidizing increased monthly service charges for Tribal members for one year;
  • Expand the capacity of community technology anchor institutions to provide broadband education, awareness, training, access, equipment, and support to Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) members;
  • Support enhancements to equipment, education, and training to support broadband and digital technology initiatives; and
  • Assess GRIC’s technology needs and develop a digital inclusion plan.Assess GRIC’s technology needs and develop a digital inclusion plan.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to expand access to broadband adoption activities, which include telehealth, distance learning, workforce development, and affordable broadband programs.

Beneficiaries

The project will expand broadband adoption and use across 580 miles of Reservation land benefiting approximately 12,000 individuals.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

Gila River Broadcasting Corp.

Gila River Telecommunications, Inc.

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Applicant

Healy Lake Village

Project Title

Healy Lake Internet Project

City/Town

Fairbanks

State

Alaska

Grant Funding

$500,000.00

Project Purpose/Type

The project proposes to construct backhaul infrastructure, access points, and distribution of customer premise equipment directly connecting 25 unserved Alaska Native households with qualifying broadband service at speeds of up to 200/100 Mbps. Additionally, the project will establish Internet connections at critical facilities in the community, including the Tribal Offices, Tribal Court, Meicey Memorial Library and computer lab, and the Health Clinic which will provide a secure location for needed telehealth and telemedicine services in this remote location.

Activities

The project proposes the following activities designed to improve access to, and use of, broadband services among Tribal members:

  • The coordination of Healy Lake Village and Digital Aurora Radio Technologies, LLC (DART) to provide upgraded broadband access to the residents and institutions of Healy Lake Village.
  • The installation of a 60-foot tower to support access point and equipment necessary to connect the broadband service.
  • Assembly of individual equipment kits for each home allowing each home to link to the Healy Lake Community Access Point(s) providing WiFi into each home.
  • Creation of two local jobs and provision of workforce training to Tribal members.
Outcomes

Healy Lake Village aims to provide its Native students, college students, healthcare providers, Indian housing providers, Tribal program providers, and Native families with the tools necessary to utilize broadband technology. The goal is to improve the quality of life in the community and households to spur economic development, create jobs, establish new digital businesses, provide remote leaning opportunities, and enhance the largest telehealth program in the state. Facilitating digital inclusion, Healy Lake will train Alaska Native tribal members and community residents building future capacity.

Beneficiaries

The entire community of Healy Lake, including Tribal Government, Council, Clinic, Public Safety Office, and Library.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Ketchikan Indian Community

Project Title

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

City/Town

Ketchikan

State

Alaska

Grant Funding

$500,000.00

Project Purpose/Type

The proposed project is a Broadband Use and Adoption Project that is designed to upgrade equipment for qualifying broadband services at 6 facilities owned by the Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC). These facilities are used by KIC employees to deliver health care, workforce development, education, housing, social services, behavioral health, natural resources, and other services that would benefit from improved broadband quality and accessibility. The implementation of the project is expected to enable broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, telework, and workforce development.

Activities

The project intends to upgrade equipment used by KIC to deliver broadband services. The key activities include:

  • Surveying facilities for Wi-Fi availability and broadband capabilities to capture existing data transmission capabilities and determine broadband speed and capacity.
  • Outfitting all 6 of KIC’s buildings with new WiFi access points and routers.
  • Upgrading existing equipment and adding in cellular booster systems inside two existing buildings that have poor service, enhancing current signal capabilities to enable the Tribe’s use of broadband for telehealth, education, government services and remote capabilities for employment.
  • Expanding licenses for cloud computing software.
  • Establishing a Dedicated Internet Access line for the KIC Tribal Health Clinic to expand potential for telehealth and distance learning.
  • Modernizing server room to accommodate and protect servers (i.e., non-water-based fire suppression service).
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to improve broadband capacity and capability for 6 Tribal facilities to expand broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, telework, and workforce development.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to benefit over 175 KIC employees and more than 6,000 enrolled Tribal members.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Kotzebue IRA

Project Title

Application for Broadband for the Kotzebue IRA

City/Town

Kotzebue

State

Alaska

Grant Funding

$2,500,000.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption Project will address the affordability of broadband services for Kotzebue IRA Tribal members via the member owned OTZ Telephone Cooperative. The project will use grant funds to improve access and use of broadband services for Tribal residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions expanding telehealth and distance learning opportunities as well as economic and workforce development.

Activities

The project will implement five activities aimed at addressing critical challenges faced by the Tribe within the service area, currently suffering from a severe lack of broadband access:

  • Offer an income tiered broadband service plan for current customers;
  • Offer 12 months of free, unlimited broadband service to new customers;
  • Provide up to $700 reimbursement for broadband service equipment for Tribal members seeking workforce development;
  • Establish a customer service position to facilitate grant implementation; and
  • Allocate remaining grant funds as a bill credit to all customers who maintain service, until the excess funds are exhausted.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to improve broadband access to reliable services, expanding broadband adoption activities. These activities include telehealth, distance learning, and economic and workforce development in addition to digital inclusion efforts.

Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries of this project are the estimated 949 households that reside within the service area as well as Tribal businesses and community anchor institutions.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Lac Courte Oreilles (LCO) Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians

Project Title

Tribal Broadband Feasibility and Design Project

City/Town

Stone Lake

State

Wisconsin

Grant Funding

$442,734.00

Project Purpose/Type

The proposed planning study will complete a detailed feasibility analysis and broadband design to determine the best way to provide broadband services to its government facilities, business enterprises, and its unserved housing units located on the Reservation.

Activities

The project proposes the following activities in support of the broadband infrastructure planning study:

  • Perform an assessment of the technical viability and project potential for broadband infrastructure ownership and develop a broadband design engineering approach (technical and feasibility and engineering design)
  • Perform an evaluation of potential of partnering opportunities with third party vendors for broadband deployment and services delivery (potential broadband partnerships feasibility and research)
  • Determine and documentation of the financial and organizational viability and project potential for delivering broadband services (financial and organizational feasibility)
  • Perform research for opportunities that would expand the adoption of broadband services in LCO Reservation (adoption and use roadmap)
Outcomes

Deliver a plan supporting a “shovel ready” project that has been designed, vetted, and achieved leadership and community consensus and approval. The comprehensive analysis will also inform the number of potential jobs created by a future infrastructure deployment project.

Beneficiaries

The approximately 40% of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians with no internet service available.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

Project Title

Mashantucket Tribal Broadband Project

City/Town

Mashantucket

State

Connecticut

Grant Funding

$493,008.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project will assist 163 Tribal households, workforce development staff, and Tribal institutions in New London County, Connecticut, in developing programs and resources to address COVID-19 challenges that have impacted Tribal members. The applicant intends to provide affordable broadband service and equipment for Tribal members in addition to creating a workforce development center that will assist the Tribe’s workforce development program in training, readiness, and job placement.

Activities

The project intends to provide equipment and services for Tribal members. The key activities include:

  • Fund a pre-paid 3-year Internet Service Kit (including modem and pre-paid monthly service) for 163 households;
  • Purchase two Dell Education Chromebook 3100 for each of the 163 households;
  • Purchase 5G Ultra-Wideband Mobile Hotspots for 163 households; and
  • Purchase two laptop computers, six desktop computers, and two Wi-Fi hotspots to support a workforce development center that provides training and curricula for tribal members in broadband fields.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to improve Tribal members’ ability to use broadband services and increase access to telehealth, distance learning, workforce development, and digital inclusion efforts. The workforce development center will facilitate 416 classes over one year for Tribal members seeking career growth opportunities.

Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries include 163 Tribal residences and the workforce development staff. Additionally, the applicant estimates a transient daily population between 40,000 – 60,000 individuals who visit Tribal government and business entities.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Narragansett Indian Tribe

Project Title

Narragansett Indian Tribe Broadband Program

City/Town

Charlestown

State

Rhode Island

Grant Funding

$2,498,250.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to increase broadband services and access for Tribal members who reside on ancestral lands in Washington County, Rhode Island. The project aims to provide distance learning capabilities and strengthen digital literacy, improve broadband speeds and affordability of services for community members, and generate workforce development and job creation. During the initial curing phase, the TBCP team asked the Tribe to explain whether its application for a Broadband Use and Adoption project also included elements of a Broadband Infrastructure Deployment project. In response, the Tribe submitted a letter from its legal counsel describing why the project fits under the eligible activities and uses for a Broadband Use and Adoption project, noting, in particular, that there is no construction involved in implementing the project. The TBCP team reviewed the Tribe’s explanation, found it to be reasonable, and continued processing the application as a stand-alone Broadband Use and Adoption project.

Activities

The project will implement four activities aimed at addressing challenges faced by Native Americans in the Tribal service area in addition to enabling better use of the Tribe’s FCC 2.5 GHz license. The key activities include:

  • Purchase equipment and services to install, own, and operate high-speed fixed broadband equipment on existing infrastructure owned or lease by the Tribe that will provide better, more affordable, broadband coverage with speeds up to 1 Gbps;
  • Purchase laptop computers for 258 Tribal school-age children; and
  • Generate training and employment opportunities for Tribal members. Project implementation anticipates the hiring of a general manager responsible for general oversight and accountability for broadband services expansion. Additional roles include IT personnel, accounting, sales, and customer support.
Outcomes

Increase access to broadband service in Washington county currently lacking due to cost. Increase digital literacy and expand distance learning opportunities for Tribal members. Create a digital resource to strengthen and preserve cultural identity through a digital ecosystem, with an emphasis on digital skills development. The digital resources will also benefit the broader indigenous community who share the Algonquian language family. Develop training and employment opportunities for Tribal members that are sustained through the Tribe’s 10-year lifecycle FCC 2.5 GHz license.

Beneficiaries

The project will serve a Tribal population of approximately 3,400 individuals and specifically 700 Tribal members who attend public schools in Washington County.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Native Village of False Pass

Project Title

Native Village of False Pass - TBCP

City/Town

False Pass

State

Alaska

Grant Funding

$409,311.60

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project will benefit approximately 121 Federally Recognized Tribal citizens in False Pass, AK. The project will support device needs and economic relief for e-connectivity.

Activities

The project will implement two activities designed to address the lack of access to reliable and affordable high-speed broadband services and equipment:

  • Provide computers acquired in bulk and distributed to 121 Tribal citizens; and
  • Provide subsidies for 12 Tribal households to make broadband affordable for those who have access but cannot afford monthly bills.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcomes will provide Tribal citizens with broadband equipment and services and make broadband services more affordable for community members.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to benefit 121 Tribal citizens

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Native Village of Selawik

Project Title

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

City/Town

Selawik

State

Alaska

Grant Funding

$500,000.00

Project Purpose/Type

The Broadband Use and Adoption project will provide affordable broadband services through payment assistance programming to new and existing subscribers. The project will also provide Tribal members seeking to re-enter the workforce with qualifying connected devices (i.e., laptops or tablets). These services will be provided to improve Tribal members’ access to telehealth, distance learning, telework, and other modern economic development activities that promote economic growth and job creation in the Native Village of Selawik.

Activities

The project proposes the following activities designed to improve access to, and use of, broadband services among Tribal members:

  • Provision of payment assistance support to 79 existing broadband subscribers to improve affordability of qualifying broadband service.
  • Provision of payment assistance support to 76 new broadband subscribers to improve access to qualifying broadband service.
  • Provision of reimbursable credit to up to 94 unemployed Tribal members seeking to re-enter the workforce for the purchase of qualifying connected devices (i.e., laptops or tablets). This will enable participants to engage in workforce development and telework.
  • Application of a payment assistance credit to existing and new broadband subscribers for funds not allocated by the aforementioned activities.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to promote broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, telework, digital inclusion efforts, and to expand affordable broadband programs.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to serve an estimated 155 households (845 total population) with payment assistance support for qualifying broadband service and 94 unemployed Tribal members with qualifying connected devices.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

Project Title

NHBP Tribal Broadband and Use Project

City/Town

Fulton

State

Michigan

Grant Funding

$1,205,764.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to upgrade existing local fiber optic infrastructure that currently serves Tribal government offices, Tribal businesses, and community anchor institutions in addition to 35 Tribal households. Upgrades to Tribal government offices, community anchor institutions, and households will assist Tribal members in gaining better access to telehealth, distance learning, and economic and workforce development in addition to digital inclusion efforts.

Activities

This project proposes the following activities:

  • Increase existing circuits from 2Gb to 6Gb at no charge to Tribal households, providing speeds up 100Mbps download and upload. Tribal government speeds will be maintained 1Gb for government functions and the operation of a guest network;
  • Procure software for ISP management to maintain network for residential service areas;
  • Purchase and install broadband equipment to upgrade service area cellular and public address communication systems;
  • Purchase software and licenses for broadband equipment functional use; Microsoft Office 365, Zoom, Box.com;
  • Upgrade existing network firewalls and security measures; and
  • Conduct annual penetration testing of network.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome aims to improve broadband capacity for one Tribally owned business and 11 community anchor institutions. Additionally, 35 previously underserved households will gain better broadband service and access. Tribal members will be better equipped to undertake broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, telework, workforce development, and increase digital inclusion efforts.

Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries will be the 35 Tribal households that reside within the service area as well as the Tribal government that employs approximately 200 people across 18 different departments.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Pawnee Nation College

Project Title

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program: Pawnee Nation College

City/Town

Pawnee

State

Oklahoma

Grant Funding

$1,982,062.38

Project Purpose/Type

This dual Broadband Use and Adoption and Planning, Engineering, Feasibility, and Sustainability Studies project will promote broadband adoption and digital inclusion by establishing a student technology grant and computer lab, increasing campus-wide broadband services and equipment access while increasing the digital communications curriculum. Additionally, the applicant will conduct a feasibility study for broadband infrastructure enhancements for a Pawnee Nation College satellite campus. These initiatives will promote broadband adoption and use, distance learning opportunities, build workforce development programs, and increase digital inclusion efforts while assessing the future needs of Pawnee Nation College for broadband infrastructure deployment.

Activities

Project activities in support of this grant include:

  • Conduct an assessment and impact review plan for the College Computer Lab, student technology grant, Pawnee Nation College Library, technology curriculum, and feasibility study for the satellite campus.
  • Provide a student technology grant up to $1,000 for students in need to cover broadband equipment, software, service, and training.
  • Upgrade the College Library/Computer Lab with computers and accessory equipment where students can conduct research, receive additional tutoring, or attend digital literacy workshops.
  • Revitalize the digital communications curriculum to provide foundational knowledge for students pursuing continuing education and/or technical degrees.
  • Conduct a feasibility study for the Golconda Satellite Campus to determine if current or future broadband infrastructure is suitable to provide instruction for future students in a more remote, underserved region.
Outcomes

A well-developed and documented solution for future broadband infrastructure deployment at the Golconda Satellite Campus. The Broadband Use and Adoption portion will upgrade existing network equipment and connectivity on campus in addition to improving course curriculum and student access to digital equipment and resources.

Beneficiaries

This project will benefit 50 enrolled students in addition to 15 full-time staff plus several adjunct professors. 42% of students and staff fall below the 150% poverty line.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Pauma Band of Luiseno Indians

Project Title

Pauma NTIA Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

City/Town

Pauma Valley

State

California

Grant Funding

$498,380.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project seeks to reduce barriers to broadband usage among tribal members in Pauma Valley, California by conducting a broadband adoption and use study to explore solutions and programs related to broadband affordability, distance learning, telehealth, and telework. Additionally, the applicant will purchase laptops and tablets and distribute to a limited number of tribal members for the use of telework, telemedicine, and remote learning. Finally, the applicant will host at least 20 broadband and technology use trainings for community members.

Activities
  • To implement the study, the Tribe will contract with an outside consultant to conduct research and outreach to determine the scope of barriers and challenges to broadband usage and suggest possible solutions for the tribe to implement;
  • The Tribe will purchase 120 laptop devices and 40 tablets for Tribal community members for the use of telework, telemedicine, and remote learning; and
  • The Tribe will arrange for at least 20 broadband and technology use trainings for community members hosted by the applicant’s IT Support and Training Manager.
Outcomes

The production of a Broadband Use and Adoption Plan for use by the Tribal Council to inform future solutions and programs.

Beneficiaries

Over 200 tribal members

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Pinoleville Pomo Nation

Project Title

Pinoleville Pomo Nation Broadband Connectivity Grant

City/Town

Mendocino

State

California

Grant Funding

$496,977.00

Project Purpose/Type

The Broadband Use and Adoption project will assist 175 Native American Tribal citizens and community members in Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties, California, in developing programs and resources to address COVID-19 related concerns and build capacity to use broadband to provide ongoing and sustainable benefit to telehealth, remote learning, telework, entrepreneurship, economic growth, job creation and serving community anchor institutions.

Activities

The project will implement five activities aimed at addressing critical challenges faced bythe Native Americans in the Tribal service area resulting from a severe lack of broadband access or service:

  • Hire and train a Project Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator, increasing staff capacity to manage Tribal broadband programs.
  • Deliver workshops to increase basic broadband knowledge and digital skills in the Tribal community and provide on-going support for the Tribe’s online program needs.
  • Train twelve interns as a workforce development initiative to gain job skills. These trainees will, in turn, offer digital skills training to 60 Tribal Elders and disabled individuals, thus increasing sustainability. Approximately 40 Tribal Elders and disabled individuals will also receive iPads.
  • Create more access to broadband services and devices, including broadband service and devices for the community’s computer center, subsidies to approximately 100-120 Tribal citizens and community members who currently lack access to affordable broadband services, and hotspots for 60 students.
  • Gather data and evaluate the digital inclusion and broadband adoption programs funded by the grant to determine their effectiveness and develop future improvements, the results of which are to be shared with NTIA at the close of the project.
Outcomes

Increase access to broadband service that is currently lacking due to cost or remoteness of location. Increase staff capacity to support the nine Tribal organization departments and community anchors. Address the lack of broadband devices and required basic training community-wide. This will allow the community to develop its workforce and increase employability of Pinoleville Pomo Nation citizens.

Beneficiaries

The project will serve 12 youth (interns), 60 elders/disabled, and 100 households in Mendocino and Lake County, California.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

Project Title

Port Gamble S’Klallam Broadband Complete Connectivity Project

City/Town

Kingston

State

Washington

Grant Funding

$443,321.16

Project Purpose/Type

The project proposes to construct both aerial fiber and underground Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) to 69 unserved households, in addition to 118 households that are under construction and scheduled for occupancy in early 2022. Once completed, the project will provide Internet service to the community at speeds five times greater at the same price that is currently available through commercial vendors.

Activities

The project proposes the following activities designed to improve access to, and use of, broadband services among Tribal members:

  • Repair and upgrade the fiber at the main terminal hub at the Tribal Center.
  • Upgrade firewall hardware to fit for increased subscribers and higher bandwidth.
  • Install fiber optic cable for broadband subscriptions to the total 187 households on the reservation.
Outcomes

To provide internet service to the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (PGST) Reservation at speeds five times greater and for the same price currently available to tribal members by commercial providers while increasing resiliency of existing infrastructure.

Beneficiaries

All 187 homes on the PGST Reservation.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of Rincon Reservation

Project Title

Phase I Broadband Infrastructure & Connectivity Program

City/Town

Valley Center

State

California

Grant Funding

$1,230,457.05

Project Purpose/Type

This dual Broadband Use and Adoption and Planning, Engineering, Feasibility, and Sustainability project will address broadband network issues of the Tribe. The Broadband Use and Adoption portion will implement a project that supports digital inclusion efforts and procures broadband equipment and services for Tribal members. The Planning Study component aims to produce a plan for future broadband infrastructure projects across the Rincon Reservation.

Activities

The Broadband Use and Adoption activities include:

  • Hiring a qualified contractor to develop a broadband inclusion ecosystem plan including a community assessment survey.
  • Hiring a digital literacy advocate to provide digital literacy and internet safety training.
  • Procuring broadband equipment and software to support digital literacy training for Tribal members while they are enrolled in the Tribe’s education and language programs.

The Planning, Engineering, Feasibility, and Sustainability project activities will include:

  • Hiring a project manager to produce a future broadband infrastructure deployment plan.
  • Conduct survey-grade data mapping for future broadband infrastructure.
  • Conduct NEPA environmental assessments.
  • Utilize the Tribe’s THPO/Cultural Resource Center to ensure regulatory protection and preservation procedures are in place and contract with appropriate qualified persons or teams should cultural artifacts be encountered during surveys.
Outcomes

The project intends to identify and improve digital literacy among Tribal members while simultaneously developing a suitable, cost-effective plan for a future broadband infrastructure deployment.

Beneficiaries

Tribal government, businesses, and households will benefit from a well-developed plan that brings suitable broadband service and access to a community where all 385 members are currently unserved or underserved. All tribal members will also benefit greatly from digital literacy training provided as part of the Use and Adoption plan.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Salamatof Native Association, Inc.

Project Title

Salamatof Native Association Long-Term Infrastructure Planning

City/Town

Kenai

State

Alaska

Grant Funding

$90,000.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Planning, Engineering, Feasibility, and Sustainability project proposes to partner with the Salamatof Tribe to conduct a study analyzing and providing solutions for the best use of previously awarded Tribal spectrum, partnering with stakeholders to design and engineer a future regional broadband infrastructure project.

The Tribe originally submitted an application requesting $786,670 in funding for a project with both Planning and Broadband Use and Adoption activities, which the applicant subsequently reduced to $700,519 during the initial curing phase. The Broadband Use and Adoption project, with a funding request of $610,519, failed merit review with an average merit score of 69.5 (Reviewer A – 65 pts.) (Reviewer B – 74 pts.). OICG then continued processing the application as a standalone Planning, Engineering, Feasibility, and Sustainability project with a request of $90,000 in federal funding.

Activities

Specific activities to be funded under this grant include:

  • Hire a technical expert to provide system planning and design for future regional broadband infrastructure deployment projects.
Outcomes

A well-developed and documented solution for future broadband infrastructure deployment for Salamatof Natives.

Beneficiaries

The Tribe’s proposed service area encompasses over 24,000 square miles of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Salamatof Tribe

Project Title

Salamatof Tribe Affordable Broadband Access and Future Infrastructure Planning

City/Town

Kenai

State

Alaska

Grant Funding

$1,062,352.40

Project Purpose/Type

This dual Broadband Use and Adoption and Planning, Engineering, Feasibility, and Sustainability project will assist Alaska Natives living on the Kenai Peninsula in gaining immediate access to broadband services and equipment by providing affordable access. Access to broadband services enables Tribal members to utilize telehealth, telework, and distance learning opportunities while promoting digital inclusion efforts. The planning study will analyze and provide solutions for best use of previously awarded Tribal spectrum, partnering with stakeholders to design and engineer a future broadband infrastructure project.

Activities

Specific activities to be funded under this grant include:

  • Subsidize broadband service to Tribal members where it is commercially available, but currently cost prohibitive.
  • Purchase devices and software for Tribal members to facilitate access to education, telehealth, and telework opportunities.
  • Hire or retain a project manager and technical expert to provide system planning and design for future regional broadband infrastructure deployment projects.
Outcomes

A well-developed and documented solution for future broadband infrastructure deployment for Salamatof Natives in addition to immediate access to broadband services for Tribal members for up to one year.

Beneficiaries

The Tribe’s proposed service area encompasses over 24,000 square miles of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The affordable broadband program aims to provide internet service to 350 Tribal households at 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload minimum speeds.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Samish Indian Nation

Project Title

Samish Broadband Use and Inclusivity Program

City/Town

Anacortes

State

Washington

Grant Funding

$584,800.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to address the current digital divide by conducting an analysis of broadband assets, digital literacy skills, and the availability of broadband equipment and devices for Samish Tribal citizens.

Activities

The project will implement three activities aimed at addressing critical challenges faced by Tribal citizens resulting from the lack of access to broadband capabilities:

  • Conduct a needs assessment of all Tribal citizens, gauging broadband access or barriers to it that will assist in broadband adoption;
  • Develop a digital inclusion plan to increase broadband adoption, digital inclusion, distance learning, telehealth, and workforce development; and
  • Design and implement a digital resource to facilitate access to housing and education resources.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to develop an understanding of Samish Tribal citizens’ current broadband service access and digital literacy. The data collected will help develop a comprehensive digital inclusion plan that will address the needs of Samish citizens. Once understood, the Samish Tribe will be able to participate in telehealth, distance learning, and workforce development.

Beneficiaries

This project will benefit the entire Samish population; 2,189 individuals in 1,158 households who reside in Washington, Alaska, California, and Oregon. Samish Tribal members in smaller groups reside across the US, Canada, and the Atlantic seaboard.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Project Title

SVBPI Tribal Broadband Adoption and Use Project

City/Town

Lakeport

State

California

Grant Funding

$584,000.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project will increase the availability of broadband services to Tribal members in rural California by providing eligible adults and all high school-age Tribal members with mobile hotspots with 12 months of service, as well as laptops for those without a qualifying device.

Activities

The project intends to secure equipment for the Tribal government and households. The key activities include:

  • Conduct outreach to determine the needs and eligibility of Tribal members;
  • Negotiate and finalize purchase of wireless hotspots and laptops;
  • Distribute hotspots to all eligible adult and high school-aged members, and distribute laptops to all eligible adult members and those high school-aged members without a qualifying device; and
  • Pre-pay for 12 months of broadband service for all wireless hotspots.
Outcomes

Increased access to broadband services for tribal citizens.

Beneficiaries

200 eligible adult and high school aged tribal citizens

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation

Project Title

NTIA Wireless Funding

City/Town

Agency Village

State

South Dakota

Grant Funding

$1,847,628.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to address key challenges faced by the Tribe, which include a severe lack of access to broadband service and the inability to communicate with community members and essential services due to coverage gaps. Project implementation will enable broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, and telework.

Activities

The project intends to secure equipment for the Tribal government and households. The key activities include:

  • Purchase broadband equipment, including computer devices, for Tribal youth to assist in distance learning;
  • Purchase communications equipment for Tribal households and community anchor institutions that will improve cellular and wireless services; and
  • Subsidize broadband service from ISPs for 700 Tribal members within the service area.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to improve broadband capacity and capabilities for the Tribal government’s daily operations as well as expand broadband adoption activities for Tribal member households, including telehealth, distance learning, and telework.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to benefit core Tribal government functions, approximately 750 students, and over 700 Tribal member households.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Skagway Traditional Council

Project Title

Create a Broadband Affordability Program for Skagway Traditional Council's Tribal Citizens and Households

City/Town

Skagway

State

Alaska

Grant Funding

$2,044,600.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to create an affordable broadband program that will provide no-cost, high-speed broadband service to the remote Skagway Village. The implementation of the project will enable broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, workforce development, and digital inclusion efforts.

Activities

The project intends to provide access to broadband services by utilizing grant funds to purchase pre-paid service via Alaska Power & Telephone (AP&T):

  • Skagway Traditional Council will prepay AP&T during the first quarter of its period of performance for five years of participation in the AP&T Wireless Tribal Broadband Affordability Program for eligible Tribal members;
  • AP&T will hold the funds in a non-interest accruing account given its status as a contractor per 2 CFR 200; and
  • Skagway Traditional Council will the evaluate success of the program through quarterly surveys for the duration of the program to track progress.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to facilitate broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, workforce development, and digital inclusion efforts.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to benefit 110 Tribal households in the remote village of Skagway.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Sokaogon Chippewa Community

Project Title

Sokaogon Chippewa Community’s Tribal Broadband Adoption and Use Project

City/Town

Crandon

State

Wisconsin

Grant Funding

$452,162.00

Project Purpose/Type

The Broadband Use and Adoption project will cover the costs of broadband internet services for all Mole Lake Reservation households (approximately 500 Tribal members), including upgrades to service (faster connections) and new modems and routers as needed. The improved internet speeds and free-of-cost internet service will help ensure that this highly rural and geographically isolated community can stay connected, which is especially vital as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to induce shutdowns and necessitates virtual services over in-person. 

Activities

The project proposes the following activities designed to improve access to, and use of, broadband services among Tribal members:

  • Promote broadband use and adoption by all Sokaogon Chippewa Community (SCC) households in Mole Lake by upgrading internet connection (including necessary routers and modems) for 180 households and covering monthly broadband internet services;
  • Providing technical assistance to the community through a Community Technical Assistant who will work with households one-on-one to ensure access/adoption of broadband, with an emphasis on immediate set-up and helping youth connect to summer school (May-June 2022) and the new school year (September 2022), in addition to upgrading and covering monthly broadband internet services for the recreation center;
  • Provide resources to 218 students to support distance learning through procuring equipment, including iPads, and supplemented by the upgraded internet connections;
  • Promote telehealth through the procuring of necessary resources, including Internet services and iPads for the clinic and its patients.
Outcomes

Promote broadband adoption activities, telehealth, distance learning, digital inclusion efforts, and the expansion of affordable broadband programs.

Beneficiaries

The proposed project will cover the entire Lake Mole Reservation and provide assistance to the approximately one third of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community members therein and in nearby communities.  There are 1,377 SCC Tribal members, one third of whom live on the reservation.  The project proposes to benefit those on the reservation and those in nearby communities residing within Astrea’s (ISP) service area.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Project Title

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program Round Lake 2021

City/Town

Webster

State

Wisconsin

Grant Funding

$302,032.00

Project Purpose/Type

The project will fund the installation of last mile fiber that is designed to bring qualifying broadband to unserved Native American households, businesses, and community anchor institutions in the rural, tribal community of Round Lake. This investment in technology will further the efforts of tribal healthcare/telehealth systems, distance learning initiatives, and small business development in areas where the current DSL has been a limiting factor.

Activities

The St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin proposes partnering with local Internet service providers, community partners, and St. Croix Tribal Departments to install fiber optic broadband infrastructure in support of the following activities:

  • Construct fiber networks to connect 74 households, five businesses, and four community anchor institutions to qualifying broadband service.
  • Provide apprenticeship and internship opportunities for St. Croix Tribal members in the Internet communication service field.
Outcomes

The project will expand access to qualifying broadband service; enable distance learning, telehealth, support digital inclusion efforts, expand broadband adoption activities; and promote workforce development.

Beneficiaries

The Tribal members of the St. Croix Indians of Wisconsin residing in the Round Lake Community.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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The Suquamish Tribe

Project Title

The Suquamish Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation Broadband Adoption and Use Project

City/Town

Suquamish

State

Washington

Grant Funding

$1,093,384.80

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption Project proposes to improve community anchor institutions’ digital readiness and the development of workforce training and digital literacy programs aimed to increase digital inclusion among Tribal members. The implementation of this project will enable broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, affordable broadband programs, workforce development, and digital inclusion efforts.

Activities

The project will implement seven activities within the Tribal service area to address the lack of broadband access, service, or digital literacy:

  • Deployment of an Enterprise Systems Management Portal for the Tribe;
  • Hire a full-time Digital Literacy Specialist contractor position for the Chief Kitsap Academy to maintain network and broadband devices in addition to course instruction for students on digital literacy and workforce development skills;
  • Upgrade the equipment and telecommunications systems at Chief Kitsap Academy and the Early Learning Center to facilitate digital inclusion activities;
  • Procure and distribute equipment to provide five years of broadband service for 50 Tribal members within the service area that will enable access to distance learning and telehealth services;
  • Provide training using the Enterprise Systems Management Portal to Tribal staff and Tribal community members on digital inclusion-related topics; and
  • Conduct community needs surveys, gap assessments, and inventory broadband resources to identify additional needs of Tribal members and community anchor institutions.
Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to improve broadband access and service for all Tribal members. Tribal youth will gain digital literacy and workforce development skills while Tribal households will gain better access to telehealth services, distance learning, and workforce development programs.

Beneficiaries

This project is expected to benefit the entire Port Madison Indian Reservation with a resident population of 6,536 as stated by the applicant.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Taos Pueblo

Project Title

Taos Pueblo 2.5 Ghz Spectrum Development Project

City/Town

Taos

State

New Mexico

Grant Funding

$477,817.00

Project Purpose/Type

The proposed project, through a qualified consultant, will conduct comprehensive engineering analysis with respect to the technical design, market conditions and financial requirements of providing broadband services to its community.

Activities

The project proposes the following activities in support of the broadband infrastructure planning study:

  • Perform an assessment of the technical viability and project potential of the Taos Pueblo Tribe broadband infrastructure deployment creating a broadband design and engineering plan with an emphasis on identification of areas that are unserved and represent the highest need;
  • Assess the potential of partnering opportunities with third party vendors for broadband deployment and service delivery;
  • Document financial and organizational viability and project potential for delivering broadband service, including research projects that expand the adoption and use of broadband services in the Taos Pueblo Reservation.
Outcomes

Deliver a plan for a “shovel ready” project that has been designed, vetted, and achieved leadership and community consensus and approval. The project is expected to support or inform future workforce training and development under a potential Tribal Utility Authority.

Beneficiaries

The approximately 2,600 Taos Pueblo Tribal members.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

Project Title

Tunica-Biloxi Broadband Project

City/Town

Marksville

State

Louisiana

Grant Funding

$2,499,947.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to address key challenges confronting the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe in expanding access to broadband services while also increasing digital literacy among its Tribal Citizens. The implementation of the project is expected to enable broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, affordable broadband programs, and digital inclusion efforts.

Activities

The project will implement three activities aimed at addressing critical challenges faced by Tribal members within the service area:

  • Hire four IT specialists to serve as Internet-use training coordinators to install broadband equipment as well as monitor and troubleshoot network operations. These personnel will assist the Tribe in the development and implementation of digital literacy classes;
  • Purchase specialized broadband equipment designed specifically for seniors. Additionally, the applicant will provide individual laptops or computers for Tribal school aged training to assist with distance learning and vocational training; and
  • Provide discounted broadband service for eligible, low-income Tribal members over a three-year period while simultaneously providing digital literacy training in the areas of telehealth, distance learning, and workforce development.

Because the Reservation is located in an area that is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and other inclement weather, Tribal members and surrounding anchor institutions often experience frequent outages of electricity and internet service. The Tribe will purchase an electric generator to ensure continuity of service during these periods, allowing Tribal members to access online services, including telehealth and remote learning, and allowing Tribal first responders to provide emergency services to the community. The electric generator purchase qualifies as an eligible cost under Section D.7.c.iv and viii of the NOFO.

Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to improve broadband capacity and capabilities for Tribal members and facilities, expanding broadband adoption activities including telehealth, distance learning, workforce development, and digital inclusion efforts.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to benefit four Tribal members who will be hired/trained as IT professionals, 375 Tribal elders and youth who will receive electronic devices, and approximately 325 low-income Tribal members who qualify for reduced cost broadband service.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

United Urban Indian Council Inc. (UUIC)

Project Title

To provide employment and training services to eligible Native Americans to enhance their employment opportunities and prepare them to become self-sufficient.

City/Town

Oklahoma City

State

Oklahoma

Grant Funding

$500,000.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to provide broadband education, awareness, training, access, and equipment for Native American communities within Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. UUIC is targeting specific populations to include low-income families, disabled individuals, seniors, and minority-owned businesses. The implementation of this project will enable broadband adoption activities, including telehealth, distance learning, and digital inclusion efforts.

Activities

The project will implement digital literacy training programs free of charge to Native Americans, delivered through community seminars and workshops, focused on the areas of telehealth, distance learning, telework, entrepreneurship, economic growth, and job creation. Specific activities include:

  • Hiring IT staff and instructors to provide digital literacy training;
  • Purchase of broadband equipment for Native Americans who attend courses; and
  • Provide stipends for attendance and transportation to digital literacy training programs, as necessary.

UUIC will use its office facilities for one-on-one digital literacy training sessions with a small number of participants. UUIC has agreements with the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, and the North Care Pete White Health & Wellness Center to use their local community centers free of charge for meeting space with ample room for the number of participants they would host for their digital literacy training sessions. All three facilities are equipped with Wi-Fi and broadband capabilities that meet or exceed 25/3 Mbps broadband speeds, large and small meeting rooms, a large stage supported by an audio-visual system with sound booth, projector, screens and several large TV monitors to facilitate the training sessions.

Outcomes

The project’s expected outcome is to increase access to broadband equipment and services for Native American communities and individuals, expanding broadband adoptions including telehealth, distance learning, telework, and digital literacy.

Beneficiaries

The project intends to benefit Native American populations within Oklahoma County, OK in addition to 242 individuals who will receive broadband equipment upon completion of digital literacy training.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe

Project Title

Bridging the Digital Divide: Supporting job growth, telehealth, and household connectivity for Upper Mattaponi Citizens

City/Town

King William

State

Virginia

Grant Funding

$473,349.80

Project Purpose/Type

The Broadband Use and Adoption project will provide affordable broadband services through payment assistance programming as well as provide citizens in need with laptops. These services will be provided to improve tribal citizens’ access to telehealth, tele-education, and other modern economic development activities that promote job growth and household connectivity for the Upper Mattaponi community.

Activities

The project proposes the following activities designed to improve access to, and use of, broadband services among Tribal members:

  • Providing new laptops for 200 Tribal members. This will enable students to engage in much needed distance learning support and provide low-income elders with telehealth access. Additionally, other low-income Tribal members in receipt of equipment will be able to better communicate with the Tribal government.
  • Provision of payment assistance support to provide affordable broadband services to 55 low-income households, particularly rural tribal members, who are currently forced to rely on more expensive satellite broadband services.
  • Provide project management services through the use of a part-time Project Coordinator who is tasked with conducting citizen outreach and application processing, completing targeted training to better serve citizens, provisioning equipment and serving as the liaison with broadband providers.
Outcomes

Promote broadband adoption activities, telehealth, distance learning, digital inclusion efforts, and the expansion of affordable broadband programs.

Beneficiaries

The proposed project services are intended to cover the entire geographically diverse tribe and provide direct assistance to the approximately one half of Community members.

Subrecipient activities if applicable

N/A

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Applicant

Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Project Title

Viejas High Speed Broadband Connectivity Project

City/Town

Alpine

State

California

Grant Funding

$592,110.00

Project Purpose/Type

This Broadband Use and Adoption project proposes to fund five years of broadband service for 215 tribal households in Alpine, California.

Activities

To reduce cost barriers preventing community members’ access to broadband services, the Tribe will contract with a local ISP to provide five years of free broadband service.

    Outcomes

    Full broadband coverage for all tribal member households for five years

    Beneficiaries

    215 tribal households

    Subrecipient activities if applicable

    N/A

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    Applicant

    Village of Clarks Point

    Project Title

    Clarks Point Tribal Member Technology and Broadband Access Program

    City/Town

    Clarks Point

    State

    Alaska

    Grant Funding

    $500,000.00

    Project Purpose/Type

    The proposed Broadband Use and Adoption project is designed to provide all tribal members who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic with access to technology and Internet services at zero cost in order to combat social isolation, promote telework, bring remote access to college/training courses, and provide access to medical care from within the home.  All Tribal members may apply for the program by providing verification of Tribal member status and self-certifying that they were negatively impacted by COVID-19.

    Activities

    The project proposes the establishment of a program and process to achieve the following activities designed to improve access to, and use of, broadband services among Tribal members:

    • Provide computing equipment to tribal members via an application and self-certification process;
    • Provide required software to tribal members via an application and self-certification process;
    • Provide payment/reimbursement for internet services and, if needed, supplies to achieve a reliable internet connection to provide access for telework, school, communication, and/or telemedicine via an application and self-certification process.
    Outcomes

    Promote broadband adoption activities, telehealth, distance learning, digital inclusion efforts, and the expansion of affordable broadband programs.

    Beneficiaries

    The 223 tribal members of the Clarks Point Village Council.

    Subrecipient activities if applicable

    N/A

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    Applicant

    Yavapai-Apache Nation

    Project Title

    Planning and Development of Broadband Distribution to Government, Commercial, and Residential Areas of the Yavapai-Apache Nation

    City/Town

    Camp Verde

    State

    Arizona

    Grant Funding

    $500,000.00

    Project Purpose/Type

    This planning study will generate plans and recommendations in establishing the best and most cost-effective approach to update and expand broadband connectivity for the Yavapai-Apache Nation. The plan will leverage experts in broadband operations, engineering, and design to develop and document a sustainable and feasible plan for future infrastructure deployment.

    Activities

    The project proposes the following activities in support of the broadband infrastructure planning study:

    • Assess the full determination of broadband needs for the community;
    • Establish contracts for each contractor supporting the project plan;
    • Completion of a master plan of proposed upgrades and expansions to existing broadband infrastructure;
    • Completion of an associated feasibility study;
    • Development of an engineering and design plan for infrastructure deployment;
    • Completion of a sustainability plan for future broadband operations;
    • Document a feasibility determination to establish viability of Tribal ownership.
    Outcomes

    The study will inform future workforce training and development, design, installation, and operation of upgraded and expanded systems supporting broadband infrastructure on the Tribal land.

    Beneficiaries

    The estimated 2,500 members of the Yavapai-Apache Nation

    Subrecipient activities if applicable

    N/A

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