Last year, the Department of Interior, in collaboration with the Department of Education (ED) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) showcased new technologies and innovative partnership solutions that are critical to bridging the connectivity divide in Indian Country. As part of the larger effort to close the digital divide in Indian Country, the National Tribal Broadband Summit will connect community leaders with information and resources to identify opportunities for public and private sector solutions to close the connectivity gap in schools and libraries on tribal lands.
Broadband Access in many parts of Indian Country is complicated by the need for federal appraisals, rights-of-way permits, and obtaining favorable environmental impact assessments. The National Tribal Broadband Summit is part of DOI's ongoing efforts to close the connectivity gap and builds on the work of the American Broadband initiative. Last year, DOI products the Connectivity in Rural America Report which identified several opportunities to improve internal policies and procedures to to better support broadband in Indian Country and hosted the Rural Broadband roundtable representatives form the telecommunications and internet service provider industries.
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