Tlingit & Haida Launches Broadband Surveys
JUNEAU, AK (August 10, 2021)The Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) has launched two broadband surveys to assess internet and cellular access in Southeast Alaska. The information gathered from the surveys is part of Tlingit & Haida’s larger effort to complete a broadband feasibility study for the region under a National Tribal Broadband Grant award the Tribe received from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Indian Affairs Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development in 2020.

To encourage residents to complete the surveys, Tlingit & Haida will be conducting a random drawing to give away five Visa Prepaid gift cards in the amount of $500 each. Only one eligible entry will be accepted per household. Please see the official rules for more details:

The surveys are open to all households and businesses located in Southeast Alaska and will be conducted through August 21, 2021. To complete the surveys, click the links below.
Note: Please take the survey only on a mobile cellular device and ensure you are not connected to home or business Wi-Fi for the cellular speed test.
Note: Please take the survey from a computer at your home or place of business if you have internet. The survey will include a speed test of your location.
Tlingit & Haida has retained Magellan Advisors to complete the broadband feasibility study which will assess developing or extending broadband services in Southeast Alaska and guide the Tribe’s broadband deployment, adoption and digital literacy goals.

Since 2019, Tlingit & Haida has been working in partnership with Southeast Alaska village tribes to secure mid-band spectrum licenses from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). These efforts were prompted by the announcement of a Tribal Priority Window from the FCC for an unassigned 2.5 GHz Educational Broadband Service spectrum. This is the single largest band of contiguous spectrum below 3 GHz. The band is suitable for both mobile coverage, fixed point-to-point uses and, depending on a tribe’s needs, can play an important role in the deployment of 4G/5G applications and services in villages.

“We are committed to working with Southeast Alaska tribes to bring reliable and affordable high-speed internet to our rural communities,” said President Richard Chalyee Eesh Peterson. “The Coronavirus pandemic really shed light on how underserved our rural Southeast Alaska communities are when it comes to having access to high-speed broadband services. It's essential for so many things in life today such as education, healthcare, public safety, governance and economic development. It's time we get next-generation internet access in Southeast Alaska.”
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