Our Commitment to Tribal Connectivity:
Private LTE and CBRS Bridge the Digital Divide for Tribal Communities
In response to the challenges faced by tribal communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, Etheric Networks took the lead in deploying Private LTE and Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) technology. Our objective is to ensure access to consistent at-home connectivity, addressing the immediate and long term needs of underserved tribal communities.
Understanding Private LTE and CBRS:
Private LTE empowers educational institutions, cities, and tribes to establish private networks, extending internet access to community members
CBRS was once restricted to military use. However, FCC regulations have now opened it up for commercial use. Schools, communities, or businesses can now access a private LTE network with carrier-class speed, security, range, and capacity. Etheric Networks configures SIM-based routers, ensuring not only Wi-Fi connectivity but also offering a pathway to 5G capability, protection for sensitive data, and customizability to meet community-specific needs. However, FCC regulations have now opened it up for commercial use. Schools, communities, or businesses can now access a private LTE network with carrier-class speed, security, range, and capacity.
Given CBRS’s extensive coverage capabilities, it can provide secure internet connections to students at a reduced cost, delivering speeds comparable to Wi-Fi, all while ensuring compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) through controls and firewall policies.
How does it work?
This SIM-based router, configured by Etheric Networks, broadcasts Wi-Fi for easy connectivity to consumer devices.
With CBRS user will experience
- With CBRS, users will experience:
- A pathway to 5G capability
- Protection for sensitive data
Mobile Cellular Rollover
Beyond internet connectivity, Etheric Networks facilitates mobile cellular service on tribal lands through CBRS networks. This allows tribal communities to benefit from private 5G phone service within reservation coverage, seamlessly rolling over to carrier networks outside the CBRS coverage. With eSIM features from Apple and Google, users can seamlessly switch between private LTE/5G and carrier networks, optimizing cellular plans.
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Benefits to Tribal Community
Bringing private LTE and CBRS to tribal communities yields a multitude of benefits, including:
Improved Access to Broadband Internet
Tribal communities are often located in rural areas where there is limited or no access to broadband internet. Private LTE and CBRS can provide high-speed internet access to these communities, enabling residents to connect to essential online services such as education, healthcare, and employment.
Private LTE and CBRS networks can be deployed and maintained at a lower cost than traditional cellular networks. This is because tribal communities can own and operate their own networks, and they can use shared spectrum to reduce costs.
Increased Security and Privacy
Private LTE and CBRS networks are more secure and private than public cellular networks. This is because tribal communities can control who has access to their networks and how their data is used.
Here are some specific examples of how private LTE and CBRS are being used to bridge the digital divide in tribal communities.
*The examples below are not Etheric projects
The Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation provides broadband access to its 250,000 residents.
The Choctaw Nation
The Lummi Nation
The Lummi Nation supports a telehealth program with private LTE.
The Confederated Tribes
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation facilitates distance learning through CBRS.
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