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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 8:00 pm

Here’s stimulus we like to see: Government and private business working together to build infrastructure to form a foundation for future growth. It’s happening right now, on the vast expanses of the Navajo Nation. With a nearly $46 million investment, some 30,000 households and 1,000 businesses on the Navajo Nation will be able to hop on the information highway. It’s made possible by a project that will create a broadband network to improve wireless Internet and phone service.

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Wireless also will be connecting public institutions — emergency care, health, social services and public safety facilities, improving communication in life-and-death moments. According to The Farmington Daily Times, the 3-year-old project started with a $32.2 million federal grant, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The company is a joint venture between the utility authority, 51 percent owner, and minority owner Commnet Wireless. The utility authority committed another $11.3 million, and Commnet, another $2.2 million. To make this work, government, tribal and private dollars had to work cooperatively.

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  • Jimmy Green posted at 11:17 am on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 104

    waste. of. my. money. how the heck does a sovereign nation qualify for reinvestment and recovery act? don't they have casinos? that's their stimulus. i'll say it again. waste. of. my. money. Then when they borrow money from the state to oh, i don't know build a multi million dollar casino and it comes time to repay the note? what do they say? No. period. end of story. I'm talking about buffalo thunder, btw.

    One last time. Waste. Of. My. Money.

     
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