Connection at Ewiiaapaayp Mountain: Technology Appropriation in Broadband
Broadband infrastructure is a national priority, yet decentralized public policy efforts in the US to date have produced an uneven landscape of exceptions instead of a national grid. This talk presents the case of the Tribal Digital Village, a successful solar-powered wireless network that provides high-speed Internet access to rural Indian reservations in Southern California. In some cases these reservations now have high-speed Internet access but still lack wired electrical power, telephones, or paved roads. I will use this case to reflect on what transpires when bootstrapping and self-provision are the expected way to provide infrastructure to disadvantaged populations.