Taos Pueblo Tribe case study

  • Case
    • The Taos Pueblo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in New Mexico that spans 15 acres with a population of around 1,425.
    • The Tribe originally had no access to Broadband Internet.
    • In 2014, the Taos Pueblo tribe began work on starting  high-speed Internet service from Kit Carson Telecom.
  •  Funding/ Support
    • 2011 – 2012: partnered with Kit Carson Telecom and start of construction for installation of fiber optics 
      • $44 million grant through Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to bring Fiber-To-The-Home, and a $19.5 Million dollar United States Department of Agriculture loan.
      • program gives Taos Pueblo Tribal members the tools necessary to create economic development, telehealth/telemedicine, and most importantly educational opportunities 
  • Strategies for success for this project
    • Partnerships that provide education
      • Working with Kit Carson Telecom not only provided opportunities for funding but also provided programing to community members to develop educational opportunities, health initiatives, and connectivity between members

Key Themes:

Reliance – Engagement

Issues: Education – Health initiatives

Strategies: Native Involvement – Partnerships

Forms of Access: Everyone – Community