Webinar: Tribal Communications

Webinar: Tribal Communications During the COVID Pandemic.


Our March 19 NANOG U Webinar featured Matt Rantanen of Arcadian Infracom, with a talk on Tribal Communications During the COVID Pandemic.


Join Matt Rantanen, Partnering & Business Development at Arcadian Infracom, as he explores Tribal Communications During the COVID Pandemic.

  • What is it like on the reservations during COVID-19 with regards to communications?
  • What are Tribes doing to cope during these trying times?
  • Are there new opportunities to solve this lack of service?
  • Will the new administration help address this two-decade-old issue that’s really an extension of the lack of basic telecommunications for Tribal reservations in Indian Country?

Speaker: Matt Rantanen, Partnering & Business Development at Arcadian Infracom

SO CAL TRIBAL CHAIRMEN’S ASSOC(SCTCA)Dir. of Technology, TRIBAL DIGITAL VILLAGE Network(TDVNet), [Director] since 2001, designing & deploying wireless networking with tribal communities of SoCal.

ARCADIAN INFRACOM (arcadianinfra.com) Dir. Partnering & BusDev, fiber infrastructure company, building long-haul fiber assets to serve the needs of the companies driving the demand, dragging fiber through small-town USA, & Indian Country, providing opportunity to the unserved & underserved in rural America.

Of Cree (First Nations, Canada), Finnish, and Norwegian decent, a "cyber warrior for community networking,” considered an expert on community/Tribal wireless networking. An advocate for net-neutrality, broadband for everyone, & opening more spectrum for public consumption, always looking out for the unconnected.

He helps 20 SCTCA member tribes in technology development & strategy, bringing nations to current level of communications.

Matthew is appointed Co-Chair of the Tech & Telecom Subcommittee of National Congress of American Indians. Drafting telecom policy & promoting better opportunities with Tribes, engaging the Federal Government.

He was named to the FCC Native Nations Broadband Task Force by the FCC Chairman, in 2011, & then reappointed in 2014, serving 2 full-terms. He was also named to the Communications Security, Reliability & Interoperability Council's 4(CSRIC4) at the FCC in June 2013.

He served as (2 term) Chairman of the Board @ Native Public Media(NPM), and 3 years as Vice-Chair and Treasurer.

Matthew is a guest subject matter expert speaker on community networking & grassroots efforts to support unserved & under-served communities, emphasis on tribal communities. Speaking local and state governments, to Federal government departments & agencies. International speaking engagements; ICANN, Internet Governance Forum(UN), Indigenous Connectivity Summit (ISOC)

Testified at hearings @ FCC, GAO & California Public Utilities Commission.

Tribal Communications (pdf)

Thank you to our NANOG U Partners

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