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Broadband, Tribal Lands and Economic Development

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As broadband stimulus projects wind their way toward network launches, there does not appear to be much news about broadband progress on tribal lands. Gigabit Nation shines some light on one particular project that is representative of successes in this area.

Jeff Anspach is CEO of The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs’ Economic Development Corporation. He has started the Warm Springs Telecom Company (WSTC) to address the lack of adequate infrastructure on the reservation that has been an impediment to economic development over the years.

Anspach, joined by WSTC Chair Sylvester “Sal” Sahme, gives listeners an update on their stimulus project, while providing tips and recommendations for others who are leading similar projects for tribal communities. Of particular value is his advice on securing grant funding from various sources to drive infrastructure and adoption projects in these communities.