“The Trump administration announced Thursday the approval of grants under the National Tribal Broadband Grant (NTBG) program to 23 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and two Navajo Nation communities to study the feasibility of developing or extending broadband services in their areas. The grants were approved by the Interior Department’s Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED).
The NTBG program is designed to spur economic development and commercial activity, create opportunities for self-employment, enhance educational resources and remote learning opportunities, and meet emergency and law enforcement needs by bringing broadband services to Native American communities that lack them.
The grants, worth a total of $1.2 million, will allow tribes to hire third-party consultants to research the potential deployment or expansion of high-speed internet transmitted through digital subscriber line (DSL), cable modem, fiber, wireless, satellite and broadband-over-power lines (BPL).”
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