Getting Started

Beginning a tribal connectivity project can seem daunting, but knowing where to start can make a big difference. Here, you can find the information and resources you need to start your project successfully. Obtaining a feasibility study, needs assessment, and scope of work will prove to be useful. 

Here are some steps to take while considering a broadband community network.

Things to consider:

What is the tribe’s identity in the connectivity project? 

1. Incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC)- gives the tribe full responsibility.

2. Internet service provider(ISP)- provides a service to tribal community 

3. Competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC)-competes with other carriers, this role does not have much regulation but does have to deal with legal issues regularly 

4. Eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC)-has permission to provide broadband on the tribe’s behalf 

What kind of network does your tribe need that will benefit your community? 

1. Municipal network would be tribally owned 

2. Cooperative network would be community owned with guidance from the tribal community 

3. Locally owned via small business or group.

Here is an example of a project timeline (timelines may differ):

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