Internet Options on Tribal Lands


Kristin Cooke
Researcher & Writer
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Published on October 28, 2021

Many Tribal Lands are underserved in regards to high-speed internet services. NPR has reported that only 50% of individuals on Tribal Lands had access to high-speed internet.

If you live on Tribal Lands, your internet options may include some of the following.

Satellite communication relies on having a clear view of the sky, so people living in heavily wooded areas or narrow canyons (where there isn’t a clear view of the sky overhead) may not be able to get satellite internet.

You can find out more about bringing internet service to your area (or your home) by checking into the FCC’s internet assistance programs for tribal lands. Recognizing that rural areas are more likely to not have access to the internet, the FCC offers Enhanced Lifeline Benefits for Tribal Lands.

Kristin Cooke
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Kristin Cooke
After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Utah, Kristin learned to geek speak while working as a technical recruiter, interviewing software developers and tech companies. For over 20 years, she has created award-winning content for technology, health, and finance companies. Kristin is an advocate for affordable internet for all and writes about rural internet solutions, satellite internet news, and tech products at SatelliteInternet.com. Her work has been featured in New York Post, PCMag, Forbes, Business Insider, Telecompetitor, Space.com, and The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society.