FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2023 CONTACT: Melissa Kaszuba 732-865-6687,

Washington, D.C. – Today, Tribal Ready and Connect Humanity announce a new partnership to collaborate and support eight unserved/underserved Tribal communities across the geography served by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through the design and completion of Digital Equity Connectivity Plans and applications for federal funding to support broadband expansion, including Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) and Digital Equity Act (DEA) funds.

“Our new partnership with Connect Humanity will enable us to reach eight Tribal communities with information and support that will be critical to their success in securing funding for broadband,” said Joe Valandra, CEO and President of Tribal Ready. “Tribal Ready looks forward to collaborating with Connect Humanity and other like-minded organizations to ensure Tribal Nations have a seat at the table.”

This partnership is part of the Appalachian Digital Equity Accelerator Grants program, supported by the Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies (ARISE) program — a new ARC initiative that aims to drive large-scale, regional economic transformation through multi-state collaborative projects across Appalachia. Together, the organizations will conduct outreach to Tribal communities within ARC’s service area to encourage and support them in their efforts to apply for the Appalachia Digital Equity Accelerator Grants program…..

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