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IMLS Announces Details for the 2021 National Tribal Broadband Summit

IMLS and the Department of the Interior are joining forces with the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Service and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration to host this year’s National Tribal Broadband Summit, which will take place virtually Sept. 17 and 24 and Oct. 1. The summit “offers a platform for leaders across the broadband development ecosystem to share best practices, new ideas, and lessons learned from their real-world experience of bringing high-speed internet to Tribal businesses, governments, and homes.”

“Broadband internet is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning, health care, and to stay connected. Yet, by one definition, more than 30 million Americans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds—a particular problem in rural and Native American communities throughout the country,” says Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland notes, “This summit represents an opportunity to leverage the Biden-Harris administration’s all-of-government approach to help ensure the federal government lives up to its responsibilities to Tribal communities by bringing broadband to Indian Country, fueling economic development, and ensuring everyone has opportunities to succeed.”

For more information, read the press release.

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