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Part 1. Bringing digital opportunity to Indian country. WHAT is … the Digital Divide?. 2. Feb. 11-13, 2013. WHAT is …the Digital Divide?. 3. Feb. 11-13, 2013. WHY is this important?.

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Bringing digital opportunity to Indian country


What is the digital divide
WHAT is …the Digital Divide?

2

Feb. 11-13, 2013


What is the digital divide1
WHAT is …the Digital Divide?

3

Feb. 11-13, 2013


Why is this important
WHYis this important?

  • Why are modern communications and information technologies, and specifically Broadband (high-speed internet) access, important for Tribal communities?


What is the greater need
WHAT is the greater need?


What are the highest priorities
WHAT are the highest priorities?


When might a tribal telco make sense
WHEN might a tribal telco make sense?

  • When (under what circumstances) might a tribe consider establishing its own Tribally-owned communications provider?


What model might work best
WHATmodel might work best?

  • Two basic models

    • Business/Commercial Carrier

    • Nonprofit/Public Utility

  • What approach for your tribe? Why?

  • When might one work better?


What technologies
WHAT technologies?

  • Wireline or Wireless?

  • Wireline

    • Fiber Optic

    • Cable

    • DSL

  • Wireless

    • Unlicensed – 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz, 900 MHz

    • Licensed

    • Whitespace


Who owns and operates the enterprise
WHO owns and operates the enterprise?

  • Who owns the enterprise?

  • Who manages the enterprise?

  • In-house or outsourced expertise?

  • Opportunities for joint ventures?


Where to go for ideas and insights
WHEREto go for ideas and insights?

  • Government agencies?

  • Other tribes?

  • Telecom industry?

  • Professional firms and consultants?

  • Other sources?


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