Pueblo of Zuni and CDEC partner to provide internet on tribal land
Friday, March 11, 2022
All residents will have access to affordable, reliable high-speed broadband Grants, N.M. – Approximately 2,200 households and businesses on the Zuni Reservation will soon have high speed (1 gig) fiber-optic internet service starting this summer, thanks to a partnership between the Zuni Tribe and Continental Divide Electric Cooperative (CDEC).
This week, Zuni and co-op officials formalized an agreement for CDEC to build the $4.4 million in communication infrastructure necessary to provide internet service to Zuni’s residents. In turn, the tribal government will pay a discounted bulk price for providing high speed internet to Zuni’s residents for the next three years.
“Effectively, today’s digital divide will be permanently bridged with modern fiber-optic technology to virtually every Zuni residence,” CDEC Chief Executive Officer Robert E. Castillo said.