Tribal Nations need access to information, communication, collaboration, and other resources to ensure their communities receive the state and federal funding and cooperation they deserve. Tribal Ready — a Native-owned and -governed company — was formed to help facilitate the gathering of data that accurately represents the broadband needs of Indian Country.
“Time is running out. Get the Tribal Broadband Grant tools and resources you need, from a Native-owned company.”
High-speed broadband is a means to an end, providing access to world-class economic development, education, healthcare, and other resources. It has immense economic and workforce impacts.
The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program provides $42.5 billion to expand high-speed internet access by funding planning, infrastructure deployment, and adoption programs in all 50 states.
BEAD funding is available at the state level for unserved communities and individuals. The National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) allocates the funds to the states, primarily using a map created by the FCC known as the Fabric.
In a pre-production draft of the Fabric, analysis indicates that the location data may need to be corrected in 70 percent of cases in rural areas, either by omission or error.
Many Indian Country is left out by either incorrectly labeling areas as “served” or simply omitting data points.
Indian Country could lose out on up to $5 billion in funding it should receive from the BEAD program if the data were accurate.
Currently, Indian Country does not uniformly have access to the data required to advocate for inclusion in each state’s BEAD funding allocation process. If accurate data is not obtained, Indian Country will likely be left behind again for the bulk of broadband funding.
Tribal Ready has created a Virtual Tribal Broadband Office (VTBO) to help Tribes gather empirical proof demonstrating the need for expanded broadband service in unserved and underserved areas of Indian Country.
Click here to find out what we’re doing to bridge the divide.
We believe in Natives controlling their destiny, including the right to own and govern the collection, use, and sharing of data related to tribal citizens, programs, and lands.
We believe in the history, character, strength, and values inherent in Native Nations. We believe the capabilities, relationships, trust, and expertise inherent in Indian County are powerful.
We are deeply committed to hard work and determination leading to the creation of expanding opportunities for all Natives.
We will ensure that Tribal Nations control their data to protect their values, culture, and laws.
We have years of expertise in designing and delivering communications networks to unserved and underserved areas of the country. We are knowledgeable advocates with a personal interest in the future of Indian Country.