Bois Forte Reservation
The reservation has a ways to go for widespread access to fast, reliable broadband access. The access to 25/3 megabits per second (mbps) speeds is not good and no one is connected to 100/20 mbps. But they are working on it.
The Bois Forte Band has been part of a Blandin Broadband Community (BBC). With Cook and Orr Minnesota, they were the GRIZZLIES and they joined the BBC in January 2017. They worked on various training opportunities and fixed up some of the community centers. Here is a recap from a Blandin Foundation Assessment…
Access and use are key concerns for the area. The population density is sparse, and many people are without access to the Internet at home. The region is working with existing providers and making the most of increased access via CenturyLink with CAF II funding, improved cellular service, and fiber access on Bois Forte Reservation.
Last summer, CenturyLink talked about upgrading to DSL in the area, but the reservation is focusing on fiber.
Has Worked with Blandin Foundation
Has Received MN Grant(s)
Bois Forte Tribal Government – Bois Forte FTTH – GRANT: $1,248,790
This last mile project will upgrade approximately 10 unserved and 468 underserved locations throughout four sectors of the Bois Forte Reservation in northeastern Minnesota: Nett Lake, Palmquist, Indian Point, and Vermilion. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Minnesota Iron Range Resource & Rehabilitation Board, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Bois Forte will improve broadband service levels to at least 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload, meeting or exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. This project will help increase jobs, wealth, and revenue throughout the entire reservation.
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