Recent data from the FCC shows that more than two-thirds of people living in rural tribal lands currently lack sufficient internet access. This is nearly 30 percentage points higher than the rate for the rest of rural America. So what is it about these tribal lands that makes connecting so difficult? The Consumerist explores this question in an article that also examines details of a new report from the Government Accountability Office. With almost 80 U.S. native tribes living in the Silicon66 region alone, we think network access for these important communities is an issue that impacts us all.
From The Consumerist:
People, regardless of where they live, now need access to the Internet almost as much as they need other vital infrastructure like roads and telephone service. If it can reach rural communities, broadband can be a boon to commerce, education, and health care. But the areas of the country that would most benefit from these resources has the most difficult time getting access to them.