NEO's team has been working with Native American Tribal communities on bridging the digital divide. For the tribes, we assist with seeking grant and loan financing, design and engineering services and construction of the networks. We believe the tribes should have full control over the ownership and operation of the networks and the revenue-generating services that are supported on the networks; and therefore, we are hired as a consultant, we design, build and train the tribal people to manage the network and services after its built. Article
Offering advanced communication systems in Native American country is a challenge for a number of varied reasons. First, Native American reservations are located within some of the most remote and rural parts of the country. The population on the reservations are typically scattered across a large geographic area, making the cost of deploying advanced communications systems more expensive.
In reservations where there is limited broadband access, penetration rates are low. This is due in part, to affordability of installation cost and monthly broadband access fees, and lack of local support. Most of the Indian tribes have had little to no exposure to computer training necessary to use advanced broadband networks; however, the ability to access vital information for social, economic, educational, and healthcare applications are necessary to allow the tribal community to flourish.
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