Internet Providers Sign Pledge To Help Navajo Residents Stay Connected
Telecommunication service providers that serve the Navajo Nation such as AT&T, Cellular One and others have signed a 60-day pledge to not disconnect services and waive late fees for residents and small businesses who can’t pay their bills at this time.
"As the (COVID-19) outbreak spreads and causes a series of disruption to the economic, educational, medical, and civic life of our Nation, it is important that our Navajo citizens stay connected. Broadband and telephone connections will help people stay connected with their loved ones, health care providers, work, and ensure our children and students can continue to engage in learning," said President Jonathan Nez.
The Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission is also working with the Choice/NTUA Wireless and Sacred Wind to set up Wi-Fi hot spot connections for Navajo students. Choice/NTUA Wireless installed three free WiFi hotspots on Friday at its Chinle and Dilkon district offices and its headquarters. Students can connect to those hot spots from their vehicles from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Officials are looking to install additional Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the Navajo Nation.