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Tlingit & Haida Awarded $49 Million Broadband Infrastructure Development Grant under Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

JUNEAU, AK (November 17, 2022) – 

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced an additional 18 grants have been awarded under the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP).

 

The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) was awarded nearly $50M for broadband infrastructure development projects and is one of four Alaska tribal entities to receive a grant under the new round of funding.

 

The $980 million TBCP is funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and provides grants to eligible Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian entities to create affordable, reliable, high-speed internet. The overall goal of the program is to improve healthcare, workforce development, education, and housing in tribal communities by deploying broadband infrastructure, supporting digital inclusion to reduce the digital divide, and establishing affordable broadband programs.

 

Read the full press release by clicking here.

 

 

Affordable Connectivity Program

Need help paying for internet services?

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program run by the Federal Communications Commission program to help families pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop or tablet.

Benefits:

  • Up to $75/month discount for internet services for households on qualifying Tribal lands
  • Up to $100 discount towards a laptop or tablet

Eligibility:
A household is eligible if one member in the household meets one of the criteria:

  • Income that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Participate in government assistance programs like Medicaid, WIC, SNAP, SSI, Federal Public Housing, Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit, Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year
  • If living on qualifying Tribal lands, you are eligible if you meet the criteria listed above or if you or someone in your household participates in Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Head Start (only households meeting the income qualifying standard), Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

To receive your benefit, check to see if your household is eligible, go to ACPBenefit.org to apply or print out a mail in application or call your local internet provider to sign up.

Need help with your application? Contact Katelyn Cook at kcook@ccthita-nsn.gov

 

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