Mashpee Select Board supports broadband for the Wampanoag tribe
MASHPEE – The Mashpee Select Board of Directors has approved a letter of support for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s request for a broadband service grant.
“The aim of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program is to improve the quality of life, stimulate economic development and business activity, and create online opportunities for remote employment, online entrepreneurship. , distance learning and telehealth by expanding broadband access and delivering digital training and inclusion programs to Native American communities, ”said Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Secretary Cassie Jackson at the meeting with some members of the board of directors.
“Low-income tribal households are currently underserved due to the high cost of internet in Cape Town. “
The grant requested by the tribe is part of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity program, administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the United States Department of Commerce and created by the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
She said the tribe will use the funds to partner with OpenCape, a Barnstable-based fiber-optic technology nonprofit, to build and upgrade broadband infrastructure.
Through a survey, the tribe also identified the key areas that need fiber optic connections the most to improve better connectivity.
Board member Andrew Gottlieb supported the project and expressed a wish to see the city also join the high-speed fiber optic network in the future.