Despite a lack of access, higher prices for broadband and often non-existent infrastructure, leaders in some Tribal communities have developed a vision and built self-sufficient networks and community technology centers to connect and strengthen their communities. Indian Country is finding a myriad of ways to cross the Digital Divide.
Broadband is the basis and future of economic development, health, public safety, housing, energy, and educational models for the future in Indian Country. The Internet is now classified as a utility and the common carriage for all media platforms. This new digital ecology necessitates Native inclusion. Broadband is a critical infrastructure for nation building in Indian country and tribally centric deployment models are most successful in Indian country, not individual residential service models.
The links below are a collection of articles on the Digital Divide in Indian Country.
Watch for more articles to come.
Narrowing the Digital Divide in the Navajo Nation (January 2014)
Tribal Utility Bringing Broadband Wireless to Navajo Rez with $32M Federal Grant (January 2014)
Sending Smoke Signals Digital (January 2014)
Washington Post series on the Digital Divide 2013
NCAI Webinar on Increasing Access to Commercial Airwaves for Tribal Nations (December 2012)
Mediashift: Massive Digital Divide for Native Americans is a ‘Travesty.’ (2012)
On Tribal Lands, Digital Divide Brings New Form Of Isolation (2012)
A Seat at the Table: Dissolving the Digital Divide in Indian Country (2011)