Over 44,000 Tribal Homes and Businesses in 13 States to Receive FCC Broadband Support

Taking further steps to close the digital divide, the Federal Communications Commission has authorized support over the next decade for maintaining, improving and expanding affordable broadband in 44,243 homes and businesses on Tribal lands nationwide.

In most of these Tribal homes and businesses – 37,281 of them – carriers must deliver speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps. The authorization on Tribal lands in 13 states was part of a nationwide authorization of over $4.9 billion in support over the next decade for 455,334 homes and businesses served by 171 carriers in 39 states and American Samoa.

The support is targeted to smaller rural carriers, traditionally known as “rate-of-return” carriers. These carriers agreed this year to accept subsidies based on the FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model, or A-CAM, which provides predictability, rewards efficiency, and provides more value for each taxpayer dollar. The homes and businesses are in sparsely populated rural areas and Tribal lands where the per-location price of deployment and ongoing costs of providing broadband service are high, requiring support from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund to facilitate network improvements and keep rates reasonably comparable to those in urban areas.

Providers will be held accountable to taxpayers and the Commission through an enforceable schedule for delivering improved and expanded service, with the first interim deployment obligation occurring in 2022.

“With this commitment to broadband on Tribal lands over the next decade, carriers get the predictable support they need to close a digital divide that, for too long, has disproportionately separated Native Americans from digital opportunity,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “And taxpayers, who fund this support through a fee on their phone bills, are getting more bang for their buck through this efficient, accountable program.”

Following is a list of Tribal lands, by state, where companies will receive support, and the number of homes and businesses supported (locations):

 Arizona: 5,236 total

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Reservation: 2 locations

Navajo Nation Off-Reservation Trust Land: 7 locations

Navajo Nation Reservation: 1,477 locations

Salt River Reservation: 627 locations

Tohono O’odham Nation Reservation: 3,123 locations

Maine: 47 total

Passamaquoddy Trust Land: 47 locations

Michigan: 391 total

L’Anse Off-Reservation Trust Land: 5 locations

L’Anse Reservation: 386 locations

Minnesota: 5,598 total

Leech Lake Reservation: 2,913 locations

Minnesota Chippewa Trust Land: 1 location

Red Lake Reservation: 1,932 locations

White Earth Off-Reservation Trust Land: 7 locations

White Earth Reservation: 745 locations

Mississippi: 156 total

Mississippi Choctaw Off-Reservation Trust Land: 1 location

Mississippi Choctaw Reservation: 155 locations

Montana: 4,730 locations

Blackfeet Indian Reservation: 185 locations

Crow Off-Reservation Trust Land: 3 locations

Crow Reservation: 1,287 locations

Fort Peck Indian Reservation: 3,247 locations

Turtle Mountain Off-Reservation Trust Land: 8 locations

North Dakota: 3,930 total

Lake Traverse Reservation: 90 locations

Spirit Lake Reservation: 1,427 locations

Turtle Mountain Off-Reservation Trust Land: 722 locations

Turtle Mountain Reservation: 1,691 locations

Nebraska: 57 total

Omaha Reservation: 57 locations

Oklahoma: 10,559 total

Caddo-Wichita-Delaware OTSA: 2,377 locations

Cherokee OTSA: 1,560 locations

Cheyenne-Arapaho OTSA: 157 locations

Chickasaw OTSA: 1,550 locations

Choctaw OTSA: 2,596 locations

Creek OTSA: 1,530 locations

Kiowa-Comanche-Apache-Fort Sill Apache OTSA: 789 locations

South Dakota: 12,506 total

Cheyenne River Reservation: 41 locations

Crow Creek Reservation: 705 locations

Lake Traverse Reservation: 2,964 locations

Lower Brule Reservation: 284 locations

Pine Ridge Reservation: 4,805 locations

Rosebud Indian Reservation: 2,812 locations

Rosebud Off-Reservation Trust Land: 467 locations

Standing Rock Reservation: 111 locations

Yankton Reservation: 317 locations

Utah: 85 total

Goshute Reservation: 58 locations

Uintah and Ouray Reservation: 27 locations

Wisconsin: 640 total

Ho-Chunk Nation Off-Reservation Trust Land: 7 locations

Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation: 633 locations

Wyoming: 308 total

Wind River Reservation: 308 total

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