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Expand broadband coverage to close digital divide on Montana's tribal lands

January 26, 2018View for printing

Native Americans on reservations are twice as underserved for broadband access than other rural Americans, and are 16 times more likely to be underserved than their urban counterparts.

The digital divide is real and it's widening. Nowhere is this more true than on our reservations around the country. The vast majority of those living on tribal lands have no options to access broadband Internet, and the longer this problem persists, the further they get left behind.

According to data from the Federal Communications Commission's most recent Broadband Progress Report, 65 percent of Montanans living on tribal land have no access to broadband Internet. Compare that to only 4 percent of Americans in urban areas who do not have broadband access.

JASON SMALL

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