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Verizon is delivering a special program for Native American youth living in 10 school-related dormitories on reservations across the West and Midwest in recognition of the vital role technology plays in a 21st century education.
The program was announced by President Obama in his June 13 visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and will connect more than 1000 Native American middle and high school students to the Internet.
Verizon will deploy network infrastructure, including LTE small cell equipment from Alcatel-Lucent, to provide robust wireless broadband connectivity. In addition, each student will receive a wireless tablet from Microsoft and hands-on training in how to use the devices effectively for learning. Cross Wireless, a participant in Verizon Wireless’ LTE in Rural America program, is also engaged to deliver on this critical program.
The initiative is part of Verizon's ongoing support of the Native American community as well as its commitment to the President’s ConnectED program.
Learn more about President Obama’s efforts in strengthening tribal communities through education and economic development.