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The FCC Announces $4.9 Billion to Expand Rural High-Speed Internet in 13 States

Today the FCC announced plans to expand high-speed internet to 455,334 homes in the United States. To do this the FCC will spend $4.9 billion as it helps cover the cost of the roll-out of high-speed internet.

“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.”

According to the FCC, this money will come from the Universal Service Fund. The Universal Service Fund is a system of subsidies intended to promote access to phone services in underserved areas in the US. Now it is being used to promote internet services in rural America.

This is only the start of the FCC plans to push rural internet. According to the FCC, they will continue to push for the rollout of high-speed internet to more than 20 million Americans.

Part of this push will bring high-speed internet to 44,243 homes and businesses on Tribal Lands nationwide. Here are the Tribal Lands that will be getting funds from the FCC:

STATE Tribe / Reservation  Total Locations
Arizona Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Reservation 2
Arizona Navajo Nation Off-Reservation Trust Land  7
Arizona Navajo Nation Reservation  1,477
Arizona Salt River Reservation 627
Arizona Tohono O’odham Nation Reservation  3,123
Arizona Totals                      5,236
Maine Passamaquoddy Trust Land  47
Maine Totals                          47
Michigan L’Anse Off-Reservation Trust Land  5
Michigan L’Anse Reservation  386
Michigan Totals                        391
Minnesota Leech Lake Reservation  2,913
Minnesota Minnesota Chippewa Trust Land  1
Minnesota Red Lake Reservation  1,932
Minnesota White Earth Off-Reservation Trust Land  7
Minnesota White Earth Reservation  745
Minnesota Totals                      5,598
Mississippi Mississippi Choctaw Off-Reservation Trust Land  1
Mississippi Mississippi Choctaw Reservation 155
Mississippi Totals                        156
Montana Blackfeet Indian Reservation  185
Montana Crow Off-Reservation Trust Land  3
Montana Crow Reservation  1,287
Montana Fort Peck Indian Reservation  3,247
Montana Turtle Mountain Off-Reservation Trust Land  8
Montana Totals                      4,730
North Dakota Lake Traverse Reservation  90
North Dakota Spirit Lake Reservation 1,427
North Dakota Turtle Mountain Off-Reservation Trust Land 722
North Dakota Turtle Mountain Reservation 1,691
North Dakota Totals                      3,930
Nebraska Omaha Reservation 57
Nebraska Totals                          57
Oklahoma Caddo-Wichita-Delaware OTSA  2,377
Oklahoma Cherokee OTSA 1,560
Oklahoma Cheyenne-Arapaho OTSA  157
Oklahoma Chickasaw OTSA 1,550
Oklahoma Choctaw OTSA 2,596
Oklahoma Creek OTSA 1,530
Oklahoma Kiowa-Comanche-Apache-Fort Sill Apache OTSA 789
Oklahoma Totals                    10,559
South Dakota Cheyenne River Reservation  41
South Dakota Crow Creek Reservation  705
South Dakota Lake Traverse Reservation  2,964
South Dakota Lower Brule Reservation 284
South Dakota Pine Ridge Reservation  4,805
South Dakota Rosebud Indian Reservation  2,812
South Dakota Rosebud Off-Reservation Trust Land  467
South Dakota Standing Rock Reservation  111
South Dakota Yankton Reservation  317
South Dakota Totals                    12,506
Utah Goshute Reservation  58
Utah Uintah and Ouray Reservation  27
Utah Totals                          85
Wisconsin Ho-Chunk Nation Off-Reservation Trust Land  7
Wisconsin Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation  633
Wisconsin Totals                        640
Wyoming Wind River Reservation  308
Wyoming Totals                        308
Tribal Totals                          44,243

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