Million dollar donations helps completion of broadband initiative across tribal land

Photo Courtesy of Yurok GIS Program

KLAMATH, Calif. (KIEM) – A $10 million donation will help the completion of a broadband initiative across Yurok and Karuk Tribal land.

The California Public Utilities Commission make the donation to the previously known Yurok Broadband Project, which has now become the Karuk and Yurok Tribes’ Klamath River Rural Broadband Initiative.

More than 100 miles of fiber-optic cable will travel from the communities of Orleans to Orick and from Weitchpec to Wautec.

Nearly 670 tribal and non-tribal households, as well as 170 non-residential entities, will have access to high-speed internet.

According to Yurok Chairman Joseph James, this initiative will produce more positive outcomes than almost any other public infrastructure project in the last century.