Tlingit & Haida Partners with Sitka Tribe of Alaska for Broadband Project

JUNEAU, AK – The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s (Tlingit & Haida) broadband department, Tidal Network, announced that it will be working with Sitka Tribe of Alaska (STA) to bring internet access to underserved residents in Sitka.

Tidal Network will partner with STA to use and retain its 2.5 GHz spectrum that was granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The FCC granted Tlingit & Haida the 2.5 GHz spectrum for several areas in Southeast Alaska earlier this year under a Rural Tribal Priority Window that was available at no cost to federally recognized tribes.

STA applied for and was granted its own portion of the 2.5 GHz spectrum and has signed a long-term lease agreement with Tlingit & Haida. As part of the lease agreement, Tlingit & Haida will provide the infrastructure and technology to bring internet access to the community of Sitka. Tlingit & Haida’s Tidal Network is already fully funded for the multi-million dollar project with American Rescue Plan Act funding.

“That partnership means we can close the digital divide by using better technology to provide more internet to more people at a lower cost,” explained Broadband Network Architect Chris Cropley.

“Broadband internet is a necessity, not a luxury,” said Anne Davis, Deputy General Manager for STA.

“The pandemic demonstrated that our kids need broadband to learn, adults need it to work, and Elders need it to stay connected and access services.”Davis noted that securing the tribal funds for expanded broadband access through the American Rescue […]

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