Navajo and Tohono O’odham tribes will get $17 million for high-speed internet
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would spend $759 million to provide high-speed internet access to rural communities across the country.
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and Tohono O’odham Utility Authority in Arizona will receive more than $17 million in grant funding.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the investment will help several groups, including individuals, businesses and educational facilities.
“For areas that do not have access or adequate access, the ReConnect funds can be used to provide that resource so that people can upload and download items more quickly,” he said.
According to the USDA, the projects would serve “socially vulnerable” communities in specific counties and Indian reservations.
This marks the third round of funding from the ReConnect program.