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Case Study: Connect

Born in Fire:

How the Spokane Tribe connects.

The Spokane Tribe’s partnership with Native Network began, in some ways, with a wildfire. As Native Network was helping the Spokane Tribe assess needs in the summer of 2016, the devastating Cayuse Mountain fire burned near tribal headquarters in Wellpinit. Their existing phone and technology capabilities couldn’t keep pace. Emergency and relief efforts were impacted by the lack of connectivity. Even more troubling, friends and family were unable to check on the safety of loved ones.

For Robin Kennedy, CEO of Spokane Tribe Telecom Exchange (STTX), this was a concrete illustration of the very real needs on the reservation. She, together with Native Network and the Spokane Tribe, is developing a new system of telecom infrastructure (including an internet backbone, microwave systems, and future fiber optics).

And thanks to a unique partnership, the Spokane Tribe will buy data service at wholesale rates from the Tulalip Tribe’s Salish Networks (also created with assistance from Native Network). Eventually all Spokane Tribal Enterprises entities will migrate to STTX solutions and technology, and STTX will begin bundling services for customers. The Spokane Tribe is cutting out its dependence on national carriers, and creating independence by offering those services for its members—and ultimately, for other customers on and off the reservation. Find out how we can help you do the same.

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