State, tribal leaders work to get ‘Internet for All’ in Oklahoma

Federal, local and tribal officials met Thursday morning to discuss plans to bring fast internet to all Oklahomans. Internet for All, a federal program, gave $5.8 million to Oklahoma during the planning period. The US Department of Commerce said it estimates around $700 million will go to the state to complete this project, but it is still solidifying that number. | MORE | Federal grants for Oklahoma broadband projects could be at risk “Our whole goal is just to provide connectivity, high-speed connectivity to every part of the state of Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. “It’s going to help with health care. It’s going to help with rural Oklahoma and farmers and our schools.” Tribal leaders participated in the conversation in downtown Oklahoma City to make sure the program reaches everyone in Oklahoma. State officials and other stakeholders also spoke to rural areas about their needs. “We have to work together in order to get this done, and, quite frankly, they’re going to be incredible partners in this, helping us navigate through their areas,” said Mike Fina, the director of the Oklahoma Broadband Governing Board. Federal and local governments said they are continuing to look for a way to finish the project with help from locals who know where connectivity is lacking in the state. “We have all the representatives across the state here today from AT&T, Verizon and all the different municipalities,” Stitt said. “I just saw tons of folks out there that are all going to be very important in deploying this all across the state.” Fina said he hopes they can get started on internet access for Oklahomans midway through this year.

Federal, local and tribal officials met Thursday morning to discuss plans to bring fast internet to all Oklahomans.

Internet for All, a federal program, gave $5.8 million to Oklahoma during the planning period. The US Department of Commerce said it estimates around $700 million will go to the state to complete this project, but it is still solidifying that number.

| MORE | Federal grants for Oklahoma broadband projects could be at risk

“Our whole goal is just to provide connectivity, high-speed connectivity to every part of the state of Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. “It’s going to help with health care. It’s going to help with rural Oklahoma and farmers and our schools.”

Tribal leaders participated in the conversation in downtown Oklahoma City to make sure the program reaches everyone in Oklahoma. State officials and other stakeholders also spoke to rural areas about their needs.

“We have to work together in order to get this done, and, quite frankly, they’re going to be incredible partners in this, helping us navigate through their areas,” said Mike Fina, the director of the Oklahoma Broadband Governing Board.

Federal and local governments said they are continuing to look for a way to finish the project with help from locals who know where connectivity is lacking in the state.

“We have all the representatives across the state here today from AT&T, Verizon and all the different municipalities,” Stitt said. “I just saw tons of folks out there that are all going to be very important in deploying this all across the state. “

Fina said he hopes they can get started on internet access for Oklahomans midway through this year.

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