The Internet connectivity solution brings higher speed and more reliable broadband to the Otoe-Missouria tribal community.
MCLEAN, Virginia–GTT Communications, Inc.a provider of managed network and security services for multinational organizations, and Caliber Financial Services, a tribally chartered company 100% owned by the Otoe-Missouria Indian Tribe, has partnered to bring high-speed internet to the Otoe-Missouria Reservation. This high-speed connectivity solution will improve the quality of Internet services for families and businesses located in and around the Otoe-Missouria Reservation in rural North Central Oklahoma.
“The pandemic has reinforced the urgent need to bridge the digital divide that many Native American tribes face.” said John Shotton, chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. “We are grateful for the partnership between Caliber and GTT to help improve the quality of life for the people of Otoe-Missouria and drive economic development for years to come. Broadband services are a vital lifeline for our schools, businesses, health services and all other aspects of community life that rely on modern telecommunications infrastructure.
“We are very pleased that our partnership with GTT allows us to bring enhanced connectivity to Caliber Financial Services while also serving the Otoe-Missouria community as a whole,” said Doug Oliveira, Chief Technology Officer at Caliber Financial Services. “We selected GTT not only for its extensive Internet infrastructure and excellent track record as a provider of high-speed connectivity solutions, but the GTT team has demonstrated exceptional passion and dedication to supporting this type of broadband development project. We are proud that Caliber, as a tribally chartered corporation and 100% owned by the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, has self-funded an infrastructure project with such tremendous benefits for the Otoe-Missouria community.
“GTT is honored to partner with Caliber to bring faster, more reliable Internet services to the Otoe-Missouria community while providing more resilient connectivity to mission-critical data centers and cloud resources,” said Jim Delis, President. of the GTT, Americas division. “We understand the importance of modern broadband infrastructure to participate in the digital economy and keep our communities connected and thriving. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Caliber, and are passionately committed to pursuing other opportunities to help improve broadband in Indian Country.
A study published by the American Indian Policy Institute in 2019 estimated that 18% of tribal reservation residents lack internet access, while 33% rely on smartphones for internet service. This is largely the result of the fact that most reservations have been established in remote locations with very limited infrastructure.
GTT’s connectivity solution includes a 10G Ethernet point-to-point circuit, connecting Caliber’s data center in Red Rock, Oklahoma, to its data center in Kansas City, Missouri. The solution also includes a dedicated 10G internet circuit connecting the Red Rock data center to GTT’s global Tier 1 IP network, which also provides direct connections to major cloud service providers.
Additionally, GTT deployed a dedicated 10G internet circuit at the Red Rock data center to connect a newly installed tower providing Wi-Fi access to users on the Otoe-Missouria reservation. The new Wi-Fi Tower footprint upgrades the broadband infrastructure serving the Otoe-Missouria community, allowing businesses to connect faster to their customers and suppliers and allowing students to connect to the Internet and the cloud from more reliable and secure way.