I and others have pointed out that many of the economic development woes felt in Indian country come from Indian reservations being located in rural areas that are poorly served by modern-day infrastructure.
The Portland Oregonian reported Jan. 31, 2012, at C2, that the Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon is only just now getting access to high-speed internet. In fact, only 10 years ago, most homes on the Reservation did not even had telephone service!
The Warm Springs Telecommunications Co., only the 9th tribally-owned telecom company in the United States, is making this happen. Grants and loans from the United States in the amount of $5.4 million and $750,000 from the Warm Springs Tribes are paying for the project.