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AIPI is a think-tank with our primary focus in public policy analysis and research. We have expertise in telecommunications, communications, broadband, digital inclusion, technology for language retention, and technology as the backbone for community and economic development, and communication ethics. We disseminate our work via outcomes to be disseminated in policy briefs, newsletters, lectures, conference presentations, and white papers.
The American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at Arizona State University is currently working on a research publication regarding broadband connectivity and usage on Tribal reservation lands. Between 2017 and 2018, AIPI conducted a survey of residents of Tribal reservations at off-reservation social gatherings as well as through outreach on social media. The AIPI “Tribal Technology Assessment” surveyed individuals enrolled in a U.S. federally-recognized Tribe in the lower 48 states (not Alaska Native or Hawaiian) and claimed a Tribal reservation or former reservation in Oklahoma as their primary residence.
The purpose of our study was to determine what levels of access to the internet were available, what types of devices were being used to access the internet, as well as several questions to determine if there are any financial, or otherwise, barriers to accessing the internet at their home residence on a reservation. The survey findings will be published by AIPI in a report to be released by the end of 2018 and will serve as a baseline study of internet availability and adoption on Tribal reservations. The report will also be used to inform policymakers in Washington, DC of the challenges facing Tribal reservations and their residents to gain access to high-speed internet services.