Quileute Indian Reservation case study

  • Case
    • The Quileute Indian Reservation is located in Washington, at the mouth of the Quillayute River. The 2000 census reported an official resident population of 371 people on the reservation.
    • Tribe is pushing for better broadband access as a means to keep up with emergency management for first responders as reservation is in constant threat of relocation to high ground
  •  Funding/ Support
    • 2018: Utilities and Transportation Commission is providing $800,000 of Qwest Performance Assurance Planwill to bring broadband internet to La Push
      • memorandum of understanding with the Quileute Tribe, the state’s Utilities and Transportation Commission, and CenturyLink will lead to high-speed internet being brought to the tribe’s Lower Village
      • new broadband facilities will be capable of providing at least 25 megabits per second to the remote area
  • Strategies for success 
    • Viewing Broadband access as a means of emergency management
      • Broadband will benefit many, including police officers, first responders, health clinics, our administration, schools, families, and the Coast Guard
      • Broadband is the single most important economic development tool for the reservation, as a tribe in constant threat of relocation due to climate change access to broadband builds a safer, connected community

Key Themes: Emergency Management – Roadblock 

Issues: First Responders – Terrain

Strategies: Regency needs of broadband

Forms of Access: Everyone – Municipal Buildings – Hotspots – health clinics – schools

Reference:  https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/agreement-step-in-bringing-high-speed-internet-to-la-push/