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La Jolla awarded federal $829K high-speed Internet grant

La Jolla Tribal Council Chairman Norma Contreras with National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Assistant Secretary Alan Davidson.

La Jolla Tribe is one of nine tribes granted a total of $73 million as part of the latest round of “Internet for All” grants. 

La Jolla was awarded   $829,239 for a “Planning, Feasibility, and Sustainability Studies project [that] will identify the network requirements that will guarantee affordable and reliable broadband services and achieve a deployment-ready project.”

The grant was made through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). NTIA announced the awards November 30 at the 2022 White House Tribal Nations Summit held at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.  

La Jolla Tribal Council Chairman Norma Contreras commented, “It was an honor to personally accept notification of our broadband grant award from NTIA Assistant Secretary Alan Davidson. We will be using the funding for planning and design of broadband infrastructure to our tribal community on the La Jolla Indian Reservation.”

This Planning, Feasibility, and Sustainability Studies project will identify the network requirements that will guarantee affordable and reliable broadband services and achieve a deployment-ready project.

These new grants, totaling more than $73 million, bring the total of the program to $1.655 billion awarded to 121 Tribal entities. With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, aka the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, these grants will expand high-speed Internet service network deployment and digital skills training to improve access to education, jobs, and healthcare on tribal lands.  

“The Biden administration is committed to fostering meaningful partnerships with Tribal Nations, which have been vital to our goal of connecting everyone in America, including American Indians and Natives, with affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet service,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “These grants – made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – highlight the Biden administration’s unprecedented commitment to closing the digital divide in Native communities.” 

Tribes in six states received grants – California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Nevada, and Washington.  

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes a $65 billion investment to expand affordable and reliable high-speed Internet access in communities across the U.S. NTIA recently launched a series of new high-speed Internet grant programs funded by the law that will build high-speed Internet infrastructure across the country, create more low-cost high-speed Internet service options, and address the digital equity and inclusion needs in our communities.  

Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward Internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Visit AffordableConnectivity.gov to learn more. 

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