Bridging Indian Country’s Digital Divide Through a Regional Focus

SPARKS, NEVADA - There are approximately 8,000 middle miles of fiber missing that could connect Indian Country. The Broadband and Radio Opportunities: Bridging the Digital Divide session at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Conference held in Sparks, Nevada June 24 – 27, 2019, included a presentation on a mapping project that plotted fiber in the U.S. and reinforced the already known fact that tribal nations are not connected. This means tribal communities and people without access to broadband also have no access to health care, research capabilities, education, and other critical services provided online.