Tribal Telecom 2012

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
Gila River Indian Community
February 2-3, 2012

From Digital Divide to Tribal Opportunity

The global economy, even as it struggles to find footing from the long recession, is being transformed by a technology revolution. The world is moving from connected to hyperconnected, and many geographic barriers to social and economic opportunity are being eliminated along the way.

How is this Digital Revolution playing out in Indian Country? A recent study found that when Native Americans have access to broadband services, they are savvy users, utilizing digital multi-media and communications technologies at rates much higher than national averages.

Yet, for telecommunications generally, and broadband in particular, Native American communities are the most unserved and underserved in the nation. As many as one-third or more of households on tribal lands lack basic telephone service (compared to only about 2% nationally), and more than 90% of residents on tribal lands lack access to broadband technology.

Tribal-centric models for bridging this Digital Divide are increasingly being recognized as both viable and critical. Tribes are exploring opportunties to develop infrastructure, exercise regulatory oversight, and deliver communications services, in ways that promote tribal sovereignty and culture, provide affordable access,.and produce a more sustainable digital platform for economic opportunity.

brings together tribal leaders, administrators, enterprise executives, government agencies, and professionals to share information, explore options, and pursue solutions to bring Digital Opportunity to Indian Country.

This is one event in 2012 you can't afford to miss! Register before January 6 for the early discount.