Cherokee Nation installs Starlink in rural areas; Tribe hopes to close the digital divide

Chief Hoskin says the Tribe needs the technology of SpaceX’s satellite internet project, and he wants to get it to those who need it. TAHLEQUAH, Okla — Cherokee Nation is working to connect Cherokee residents to affordable, high-speed internet with a new pilot project.

Recently, the Tribe began installing Starlink in rural locations in an effort to expand service to unserved and underserved areas across the reservation, which will come with many benefits, such as connecting Cherokee speakers to one another, giving kids living in rural communities a chance at a better education and allowing elderly the ability to access telehealth.

For many years there has been a digital divide, where those in rural communities have had little to no reliable internet access, and residents living in those areas have suffered financial, medical and educational hardships.

Cherokee Nation Chief, Chuck Hoskin, said the Tribe needs the technology of SpaceX’s satellite internet project to connect people who live in rural areas with the rest of the world, and he wants to get it to those who need it.

Starlink satellites are over 60 times closer to Earth than traditional satellites, resulting in lower latency and the ability to support services typically not possible with traditional satellite internet, according to Starlink .

Speaking on the benefits reliable internet will bring to the Cherokee people, Hoskin said, “Every kid, every Cherokee kid that grows up, I don’t care where they grow up, they shouldn’t have a disadvantage when it comes to something that’s as basic anymore as […]

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