Internet Key to Indigenous Self Determination

Hilo, HA – As the year 2019 came to a close, one of the largest convening of researchers, policymakers, internet service providers, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and community members from Alaska Native Villages, and First Nations Reserves in Canada took place during the Indigenous Connectivity Summit in Hilo Hawaii. Growing zero-gig communities that have become typical across indigenous communities is a major concern for indigenous leaders.

Zero gig communities are characterized by the absence of broadband, communities that trail behind in accessing telecommunications services even where it is available, specifically high-speed Internet, and the failure of governments and corporate interests to build broadband infrastructure into communities largely unserved or underserved.