Tribe lands $12 million broadband grant - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Tribe lands $12 million broadband grant

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The federal government is giving the Coeur d'Alene Tribe more than $12 million to build a high-speed Internet connection on its rural reservation in the Idaho Panhandle.

For the tribe, the stimulus project could mean a lifeline to the outside world and connect up to 3,500 homes on a reservation that is about half the size of Rhode Island.

Right now, the tribe's landline broadband options are limited. The local cable company has pulled out of the market and Verizon Communications Inc., offers digital subscriber line (DSL) service to just a small slice of the reservation.

The tribe expects to start installing miles of fiber optic lines in town such as Plummer and Worley during the coming months.

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