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.
ASU has a resource at the Center for Policy Informatics that includes a portal for information on broadband issues, data collection and broadband research:
U.S. Senate Digital Divide Oversight Hearing (October 2018)
The links below are a collection of articles on the Digital Divide in Indian Country.
GAO: Tribes Digital Divide Larger Than FCC Estimated (October 2018)
NPR: Native Americans on Tribal Lands are the 'Least Connected' to High Speed Internet (December 2018)
The Least Connected People in America (February 2018)
Digital Inclusion and the Role of Tribal Libraries (August 2014)
Tribal Libraries Lack Broadband Access (August 2014)
Study: Many Tribal Libraries Lack Broadband (August 2014)
Even Wired Tribal Libraries Are laggin Behind on Tech (August 2014)
Narrowing the Digital Divide in the Navajo Nation (January 2014)
Sending Smoke Signals Digital (January 2014)