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NTIA strikes deal with Bureau of Indian Affairs to reduce red tape Thumbnail Image

NTIA strikes deal with Bureau of Indian Affairs to reduce red tape

The agency responsible for dispensing billions in broadband grants and the Bureau of Indian Affairs announced this week that they're working to speed broadband deployments along on tribal territories by working to co-ordinate environmental and conservation compliance efforts with a tribal grant program.
The agreement ensures that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration coordinates its grant making activities under its Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP) with the environmental, historic preservation, and cultural resources requirements related to tribal communities. 

The agreement aims to streamline National Environmental Policy Act reviews, as authorized to grant rights-of-way over and across land held in trust or restricted status by the United States under the Indian Right-of-Way Act.

“Tribal communities are long overdue to gain access to life-saving technologies, economic and educational opportunities, and countless other benefits of high-speed internet,” said Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Alan Davidson. “We are streamlining and creating efficiencies within the Federal Government to ensure Tribal communities get the resources they need quickly to close the digital divide on Tribal lands.”

“This agreement will advance our work to connect people in Tribal communities with high-speed internet, while ensuring the preservation of environmental, historic, and cultural resources,” said Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland. “The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program will expand opportunities for people to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives in their Tribal communities.”

 

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