White House Announces $10 Million in Funding Awards for Tribal Internet
December 23, 2021
Yesterday, the White House announced nearly $10 million in funding awards from the Departments of Commerce, Treasury, and Agriculture that will be leveraged to expand access to affordable, reliable, and high-speed internet services to Tribal Nations.
"This is just the beginning," Libby Washburn, Special Assistant to the President for Native Affairs at the White House, told Native News Online. "We have a lot of money going into broadband in Indian Country. This is just the beginning of that process, so it's very exciting."
Last year, Congress authorized the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which provides $1 billion in COVID-relief aid funding for tribal broadband, to be administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).