Valley FiberCom will be the tribe’s internet service provider for the duration of the grant, which will also include giving all qualifying tribal households a laptop. As part of the collaboration, Valley FiberCom will offer computer classes on using the laptop as well as internet service applications. More:Despite state funding in South Dakota, many still lack broadband internet access
To assist offer fiber-based, high-speed internet services to tribe homes in Flandreau and the neighbouring areas, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe received a $2.5 million grant. The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, which offers tribal people prepaid internet for five years, is a component of the government funding. According to Valley FiberCom CEO Jeff Symens in a press statement, “with this funding, tribal members will have the chance to adopt powerful, gigabit, fibre broadband services into their life.”
“This opportunity will help place [Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe] members on a level playing field with other area citizens and businesses, creating sustainability of broadband access and increased opportunities,” Symens added. Additional information on how tribe members can sign up for services will be released later this fall.