Amidst the Horizon: The Vitality of Public Meetings for Broadband Access in Rural Arizona

January 10, 2024

As a proud member of the Hopi Nation, it’s paramount that we recognize the power of our collective voices and active participation in shaping the decisions that affect our lives. In recent times, one of the most significant developments that will substantially impact our community is the initiative to bring broadband internet to rural Arizona, which can be seen driving along Arizona State route 264.

We find ourselves at a pivotal moment where attending public meetings becomes not just a suggestion but a crucial necessity. These meetings serve as platforms where our voices can be heard, where our concerns and needs can be communicated effectively to those in positions of power and influence.

The move to provide broadband internet to all of rural Arizona holds immense promise. It opens doors to education, economic opportunities, healthcare access, and connectivity to the wider world. it allows for an even playing field when it comes to e-commerce and tech jobs such as web development and programming. However, without our active engagement in the decision-making process, there is a risk that the unique needs of our Hopi community might be overlooked or not adequately addressed, especially when it comes to the state’s broadband funding.

Attending these public meetings allows us to voice our specific requirements and challenges. Our input can influence the design and implementation of this broadband initiative, ensuring that it aligns with our cultural values, respects our lands, and meets our practical needs.

Our elders, families, students, and businesses stand to benefit significantly from reliable internet access. Education will be transformed with greater access to online resources and virtual learning. Our businesses can flourish with improved connectivity for marketing and trade. Telemedicine can bridge the gap in healthcare, providing better access to medical services for our community members.

To ensure that our unique perspectives and needs are represented, we must actively participate in these public forums. Our voices matter, and our engagement in these discussions is vital to shape a future that meets our aspirations while preserving our cultural heritage. We must step outside of our usual humble space and let our concerns be known, otherwise we will lose an opportunity to share our voices.

Let us not underestimate the impact of our presence and active involvement in these meetings. Let us stand together, unified, and proactive in advocating for the best interests of our Hopi community in this exciting journey towards universal broadband access for rural Arizona.

Stay informed, engaged, and vocal, as our participation today will pave the way for a brighter, more connected future for generations to come. You have a chance to voice your concerns in the upcoming Broadband Summit on January 23-24, 2024 in Mesa, Arizona. So please hurry and register as tickets may be limited.

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