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ALA Policy Perspectives: Built by E-Rate

Show simple item record Batch, Kristen 2020-12-01T17:46:16Z 2020-12-01T17:46:16Z 2020-09-04
dc.description.abstract Just over half of Native Americans living on tribal lands have access to high-speed internet service.1 Tribal libraries and schools in New Mexico joined together to address their connectivity challenges and bring broadband to their respective communities. A key factor facilitating the deployment of the broadband infrastructure is the modernization of the Federal Communications Commission’s E-rate program. Additional factors necessary to successfully plan and execute broadband infrastructure projects include managing collaborations and stakeholder involvement. The library contributions to the networks’ success provide inspiration and a model for overcoming barriers to broadband availability and affordability in tribal and rural communities. Key takeaways and lessons learned are discussed. Recommendations for federal and state agencies to improve and increase their support of tribal libraries generally and their participation in the E-rate program specifically are provided. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Library Association en_US
dc.subject Digital Divide en_US
dc.subject Broadband en_US
dc.subject E-rate en_US
dc.title ALA Policy Perspectives: Built by E-Rate en_US
dc.title.alternative Built by E-Rate: A case study of two tribally-owned fiber networks and the role of librarians in making it happen en_US

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