Tribal Broadband Leaders,
Join the Office of Indian Affairs, the BIA Branch of Geospatial Support, the FCC, and a representative from the Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation for a live Emergency Tribal Broadband Resources webinar on Wednesday, July 1st at 3:00 PM ET to learn:
How to Join:
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020 3:00 pm | 1 hour 30 minutes | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 199 595 1681
Join by phone:
Conference Line: 888-606-5719
Participant Code: 6792540
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Written By Cathy Cash
Monet Winters, left, pictured here with her mother April Winters, was struggling to do her schoolwork until Kit Carson Electric Co-op provided a free internet connection to her home. (Photo By: Kit Carson Electric Cooperative)
"For Monet Winters, the COVID-19 pandemic created a lot of hurdles for her to complete eighth grade at Santa Fe Indian School.
With school buildings closed in March and no reliable internet service at her home on the Taos Pueblo in New Mexico, Monet waited for large paper packets of schoolwork from her teachers to arrive by mail.
The 13-year-old tried to log on with her mother’s phone or Wi-Fi at her grandmother’s house but was hampered by spotty service, distractions and data limits.
“It was pretty challenging,” said Monet. “I wasn’t able to do my schoolwork online. I was struggling.”
Enter Kit Carson Electric Cooperative."
Read the full story HERE.
N.M. awards Cochiti Pueblo $2.9 million for broadband
Governors Lujan Grisham, Naranjo sign Inter-Governmental Agreement
SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico awarded the Pueblo of Cochiti nearly $2.9 million in emergency funding to bring high-speed Internet to the pueblo to promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Inter-Governmental Agreement, announced Wednesday by the Department of Information Technology, was signed by Pueblo of Cochiti Gov. Charles D. Naranjo and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who also signed an executive order to release the funds.
“It’s past time to end the digital divide that separates communities in New Mexico and across the country into haves and have-nots,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “The current world health crisis has made it clearer than ever that high-speed internet is no longer a luxury; it is essential to the health, welfare and education of our people, and I look forward to seeing more partnerships like this with more rural New Mexico communities.”
In his written request for the funding, Gov. Naranjo noted that pueblo residents tend to congregate at the tribal library to use the outside WiFi connection despite the need for social distancing.
“This emergency funding will help protect Pueblo of Cochiti residents by assuring they have access to basic quality of life resources via internet at home without exposing themselves to unnecessary health risks,” Gov. Naranjo said in the request.
New Mexico ranks 49th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia for broadband connectivity, according to a March study by Broadband Now, a website that helps consumers find and compare Internet service providers in their area.
“We look forward to hearing about the development of this project and learning that Cochiti Pueblo will have the fiber connectivity needed to remain safe and prosper well into the future,” said John Salazar, secretary for the Department of Information Technology.
Over the 12-month project, workers will install nearly 41,000 feet of underground fiber optic cable and almost 32,000 feet of fiber laterals, reaching 260 endpoint locations -- homes, anchor institutions and tribal administration in the Pueblo of Cochiti.