How a $1 Billion Broadband Upgrade Could Help Native Americans

The digital divide wends its way through Native American reservations around the country, but a new federal initiative could help bridge the gap.

The Biden administration has allocated $1 billion in funding, which could help rural providers offer fiber broadband. The move could help the large number of Native Americans currently without high-speed internet access.

“For generations, a lack of infrastructure investment in Indian Country has left Tribes further behind in the digital divide than most areas of the country,” Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary, said at a news conference announcing the funding.

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