Utah’s Ute tribe gets $1.4 million tech grant

Salt Lake City, Utah (AP) September 2010

Utah’s Ute Indian tribe has received a $1.4 million federal stimulus grant to fund broadband service to the Uintah and Ouray Reservation.

The award was among 35 grants totalling $482 million announced last week by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

The funds are part of a $7 billion Recovery Act initiative to set up or expand access to broadband services.

In addition to the grant, the tribe secured and additional $640,000 in matching funds.

A commerce department news release states the tribe will use the funding to improve broadband access to about 40 reservation community institutions. The expanded service will allow for enhanced distance learning, telehealth services and will have public safety uses.