Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts roundtable on digital divide in Native communities

Navajo Nation
Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation celebrates the installation of new equipment to improve broadband service at a tower site in Chinle, Arizona, on November 12, 2020. Photo: Navajo Nation Office of President and Vice President With billions of dollars in infrastructure funding in the works, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is looking at the lack of broadband technology in Native communities. The committee is hosting a roundtable titled “Closing the Digital Divide in Native Communities through Infrastructure Investment” on Wednesday afternoon. The event will bring together leaders, executives and experts to discuss ways to improve broadband for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. The roundtable comes after the enactment of H.R.3684 , also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The new law provides $2 billion for tribal broadband initiatives . ‘A clear message to sovereign nations’: Indian Country cheers passage of $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill The discussion takes place at 2:30pm Eastern. It will be broadcast on indian.senate.gov . The panelists for the roundtable follow: Roundtable discussion on “Closing the Digital Divide in Native Communities through Infrastructure Investment” (January 12, 2021) Tribal consultations announced for infrastructure programs (December 21, 2021)
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