I reported recently, http://lawlib.lclark.edu/blog/native_america/?p=5293 , that the Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon just received broadband coverage and consistent cell phone coverage on the entire reservation. This is one example of the lack of infrastructure in Indian country that is needed to support economic development and modern-day life.
Showing its awareness of this issue and the importance of this issue, the White House has issued a new policy initiative to promote broadband development throughout Indian country. The new Broadband Deployment on Federal Property Working Group is designed to "implement a strategy to facilitate the timely and efficient appointment of broadband facilities on . . . tribal lands."
You can read the policy at http://tinyurl.com/7uw8782