Verizon offers faster connections to 64 Native

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Verizon announced that it will provide enhanced connectivity to approximately 80 Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools run by Native American tribes on 64 reservations in 13 states. Verizon’s network investment across various tribal lands is expected to lead to reliable, high-speed Internet service and connected devices for thousands of students. The work will support IBE’s mission to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life, consistent with a tribe’s needs for cultural and economic well-being.

Verizon previously upgraded more than 100 sites from legacy T1.5s to 100MB sites, work awarded through the US General Services Administration (GSA) Networx contract. Many of these schools will now have access to 1GB Internet connections through an extension of Verizon’s existing Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) task order. Native American students in all 13 program states will benefit from more robust technology in the classroom, as well as significantly increased speed and bandwidth. Meeting this challenge is a long-term commitment from Verizon as part of its responsible business plan – Verizon Citizen – whose mission includes expanding digital access and resources to promote digital equity and inclusion. Verizon has coordinated with several third-party access providers to design and engineer special site-by-site access agreements.

“A quality broadband connection is essential for students to learn wherever they are, especially in more remote areas,” said Maggie Hallbach, senior vice president of Verizon Public Sector. “We believe this is a basic right for all students, and by improving the technology and infrastructure on these tribal lands, many with Gigabit connections, we are helping BIE in its mission to enable an experience more comprehensive learning environment, preparing these students for the future.”

Students should experience the benefits of additional bandwidth starting this fall. All of the infrastructure works in the 13 states will run through 2023.

Additional information about Verizon’s commitment to bridging the digital divide can be found by visiting the company’s Tribal Communities Support and Solutions page. here.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was established on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York and operating globally, Verizon generated revenues of $133.6 billion in 2021. The company provides data, video and voice services and solutions across its award-winning networks and platforms, meeting customer demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

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