Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner announced the launch of a new connectivity survey along with a Respond, Recover, Rebuild Mobile Hotspot Connectivity Assistance program to provide mobile hotspots to Cherokee students lacking Internet at home.
Parents, or legal guardians, should start by completing the survey. The survey responses will provide Cherokee Nation data to make more informed decisions on improving broadband access for its citizens. If determined a Cherokee household may qualify for a free mobile hotspot, including a year of service, respondents will be prompted to complete an application as part of the survey.
Due to limited supply, not every qualifying household will receive a device. Priority will be given to Cherokee households with K-12 students.
A cellular solution may not work for every household, but know the Cherokee Nation is hard at work expanding Internet connectivity options for its citizens. The global pandemic has highlighted, now more than ever, that having reliable broadband access is essential for a thriving community, family, workforce and Nation.