Tribal Communications brings over 100 years of experience in designing and delivering broadband networks to high-costs rural areas across the country. As long-time advocates with a vested interest in the future of Indian Country, we believe experience, relationships, trust, and expertise matters. That is why we founded Tribal Communications -- because we know Tribal nations can open a world of economic and educational opportunities for Tribal citizens when they own and operate their broadband infrastructure.
What distinguishes Tribal Communications is our leadership team’s relationships, and expertise to ensure Tribes have access to the most sustainable, cost-effective broadband solutions available. Our team of Tribal and broadband experts includes:
Glen Post, the former CEO of CenturyLink, one of America’s largest incumbent local exchange carriers (ILEC), for over 40 years.
Chairman Marshall Pierite (Tunica-Biloxi Tribe), a long-time leader and advocate in Indian Country. Chairman Pierite has extensive government operations experience and has expertise navigating federal regulations, government-to-government negotiations, and relationship building between governmental and private entities.
George Rivera, former Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque. Governor Rivera has negotiated utility easements with many private companies and directed the construction of modern tribal infrastructure. His work as Governor has become a model used nationwide by Tribes.
Chairman Jeff Grubbe (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians), appointed as Chairman in 2012 and won election to the seat later that same year. Prior to his service on the Tribal Council, Grubbe worked as a data entry clerk in the Trust Enforcement Support Activities (TESA) department for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Dan Davis, a seasoned advocate, and strategist with over 35 years of experience working with Tribes and global entities as a consultant for the gaming industry, having experience working with 13 of the 15 most prominent gaming companies in the world.
Tribal Communications’ leadership also includes a team of former CenturyLink executives whose operating area included more square miles of rural territory than any other ILEC in America and members of the Economic Development departments of the most prominent Tribes in the United States.
SUPPORT & PLANNING
Tribal Communications’ leadership understands the economic, technological, adoption, and affordability challenges of delivering broadband services to high costs areas.
We have extensive experience with federal and state broadband support programs and will help Tribes identify, cultivate, and secure the best funding sources available. Tribal Communications’ technology team has hands-on experience with broadband networks delivered over a wide range of technologies, including fiber and wireless. We are committed to assisting our Tribal partners in the planning and implementing state-of-the-art broadband networks that can deliver high-quality service with the bandwidth capacity to support users’ needs now and has a future upward migration pathway. We are also committed to providing back-office administrative support systems from order entry to billing that is seamless and easy to use.
Tribal Communications’ leadership has broad experience with the financial aspects of a broadband business and can help clients create a sustainable business plan. Tribal Communications’ leadership also has the relationships and extensive knowledge of navigating and interacting with governmental entities. Whether regulatory commissions, state or federal government agencies, or legislative bodies, we are ready to help clients navigate the process.
Indian County has a historic opportunity to bridge a systemic digital divide. The pandemic has revealed an unprecedented need for broadband service in every home and business. With the funding opportunities available to Tribes, Tribal Communications is committed to providing the resources, experience, and expertise to Tribal governments to design and deliver high-quality broadband networks to their citizens. Working in partnership and collaboration with Tribes, we can identify the needs, plan the best network solution, oversee the construction of the network, train Tribal members to operate and maintain their network, and provide ongoing support.