CIT Provides Broadband Help to Native American Tribes

Providing access to more economic opportunities in the new innovation economy.

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Herndon, VA (PRWEB) April 01, 2013

Following a 2012 feasibility study that highlighted gaps in broadband assessment and availability for federally recognized Native American tribal lands, the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that it will use its broadband expertise to help Native American Tribes with better broadband mapping collection and analysis.

The project is part of CIT’s State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant awarded by the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) in 2010. CIT and its partners – Native American Capital (NAC), the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) and the Virginia Tech Center for Geospatial Information Technology – will work with Native Americans, broadband providers with Native American affiliations, and other SBI grantees to facilitate broadband data collection in the hopes of filling in the gaps on the National Broadband Map.

CIT Broadband, the service line responsible for developing broadband strategies in Virginia, has been recognized as a leader in this area for the work it has accomplished prior to and subsequent to receiving funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Jim Duffey, Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, said, “CIT and its team of broadband experts have created a superior process to create tools that help leaders improve gap analyses so they can better target investments in broadband infrastructure, which is crucial in giving people and places access to the new innovation economy. We are honored to have been chosen to assist Native American tribal leaders, as we work together to build the same opportunities for Native Americans.”

As stated in the NTIA notice letter of this project, “CIT has engaged several highly knowledgeable sub-contractors, in particular, NAC, a Native-American owned consultancy with long and deep experience throughout ‘Indian Country.’”

The objectives of the project include facilitating tribal participation in the National Broadband Map as well as state broadband maps, expanding Virginia mapping tools so that they may be used by tribes, compiling a comprehensive database of tribal leader and tribal provider contacts, and in some cases potentially collecting and formatting broadband data.

Karen Jackson, Deputy Secretary of Technology for Virginia and VP of CIT Broadband, said, “CIT will act as the team project manager, which will include the assurance of regular reports to NTIA and financial accountability. The completion date for the project is expected to be December 31, 2014.”

For a copy of the 2012 feasibility report, go to http://otpba.vi.virginia.gov/broadband_Indian_Country.shtml
About the Center for Innovative Technology, http://www.cit.org
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been the Commonwealth’s primary driver of innovation-based economic development. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. CIT’s CAGE Code is 1UP71.

About the National Telecommunications and Information Agency, http://www.ntia.doc.gov
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), located within the Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible by law for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for continued innovation and economic growth. These goals are critical to America’s competitiveness in the 21st century global economy and to addressing many of the nation’s most pressing needs, such as improving education, health care, and public safety.

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