Alaska Natives to see new broadband effort
Federal program sends millions to rural Alaska
June 1, 2022 | View PDF
The $41.5 million provided by the federal Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program will make fast internet more affordable so rural residents can access telehealth appointments, and provide access for economic growth and remote learning.
As is usual with federal spending, Alaska is getting more than other states. The Alaska Federation of Natives will receive $35.1 million to subsidize internet service, provide computer packages, help tribal communities access telehealth and offer digital skills training, according to a press release from the U.S. Commerce Department.
Other Alaska tribal associations that will see grants include: $1.9 million to Cape Fox Corp. in Ketchikan, $2.5 million to Kotzebue’s tribal government and more than $2 million to the Skagway Traditional Council.
“We are excited for this award and hope that it can help keep telehealth, school, work, family, and friends accessible for eligible beneficiaries,” said Skagway Traditional Council Tribal Administrator Sara Kinjo-Hischer.