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A leading association of tribal broadband firms is partnering with an international telecommunication firm to launch a tribal broadband academy for Indigenous leaders and their communities. 

The National Tribal Telecommunications Association (NTTA) and San Jose, Calif.-based Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) last week announced the new education program, which is designed to guide tribal leaders as they prepare to build broadband networks and deliver managed services for their communities. 

Calix will roll out the program at NTTA’s Tribal Broadband Summit on March 20-22 at Wild Horse Pass—Gila River Resorts & Casinos in Chandler, Arizona. 

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Designed specifically for Native American and First Nations communities across the U.S. and Canada, the “Broadband Services for Tribal Communities” is part of the tech firm’s Calix Broadband Academy. The self-guided e-learning curriculum is built around securing and taking full advantage of federal and state funds earmarked to help underserved communities bridge the digital divide, according to a company statement.

"As national advocates for broadband on behalf of tribally owned companies, we understand the unique challenges and complexities when planning to launch and operate tribal telcos," said Godfrey Enjady, president of NTTA. "We’re excited to see the launch of a new education program targeted specifically for tribes. With such comprehensive and practical advice now available, tribes are better equipped to move ahead confidently with their own broadband projects.”