Nez Perce Tribe
The majority of the Nez Perce Tribe’s members and anchor institutions are limited to dial-up or inadequate satellite Internet connections on the 1,200 square miles of reservation land, limiting opportunities to access the digital economy. The Nez Perce Reservation Broadband Enhancement project intends to build a wireless microwave network to provide high-speed, affordable broadband services across four northern Idaho counties: Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis, and Nez Perce. Another BTOP grantee, One Economy, will utilize the Nez Perce Tribe middle and last mile network to extend its broadband adoption efforts into tribal communities. In addition, the project plans to expand sparse wireless coverage through partnerships with regional providers Inland Cellular and First Step Internet, also BTOP grantees.