The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced over $146 million in funds awarded from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 to tribal entities New Mexico today during an Internet for All press call with Vice President Kamala Harris. The awards will provide 5 tribal entities with funds for high-speed internet projects through the Internet for All initiative’s Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. Tribal programs include Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Kewa Pueblo, Isleta Pueblo, and Santa Fe Indian School.
“Tribal lands have been called the least connected places in America. The Biden-Harris Administration will change that,” said Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. “These grants are just the beginning. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure law has given us the resources to provide transformative infrastructure to Native communities, bringing new economic and educational opportunities while enabling Tribes to preserve their cultural identity and traditions.”
For more information on the Biden-Harris Administration’s high-speed internet programs as well as quotes from the awardees, please visit InternetforAll.gov.
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Updates from the New Mexico Office of Broadband Access and Expansion (OBAE) with Input from communities, broadband advocates, and stakeholders around the state.