We are pleased to announce that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska a grant totaling $498,000 through the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, a part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Internet for All initiative. Eight federally recognized tribes were selected to receive this award.
The Tribe plans to utilize the funding for our Broadband Use and Adoption project. This project aims to replace end of life equipment which will service existing public Wi-Fi at community anchor institutions. With revitalized broadband capabilities, the Tribe plans to create a technology learning center for Staff and Tribal members, furthering digital inclusion efforts to include educational and workforce opportunities, public health, and economic development.
“We are excited for the opportunity to provide our tribal members with more reliable, high-speed Internet access,” stated Chairman Rhodd. “This will have a positive impact on our youth and their education, our elders and their social connection, and our Tribe’s efforts for increased network sovereignty.”