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"In a meeting hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced on Thursday the Biden administration would make approximately $1 billion in funding available to tribal governments, tribal colleges and universities, and tribal organizations for broadband.
On hand for the announcement was Shannon Holsey, treasurer of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, to deliver opening remarks at the White House before introducing Vice President Harris. Also, in attendance was Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who has been a long supporter of increased broadband infrastructure in Indian Country.
“Thanks to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris - my community and others like mine are finally being heard, and our longstanding infrastructure issues are addressed. Indian Country is 100 percent behind the Administration and looks forward to working through a strong partnership with the Biden-Harris Administration,” Holsey said. “Expanding broadband to our communities is not just a game changer - it is a life changer to tribal communities like mine and all tribal nations across the country.”"
NTIA expects to make awards under this program within the following funding ranges:
Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Projects: $1,000,000 to $50,000,000.
Broadband Adoption and Use Projects: $50,000 to $2,500,000.
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