Project brings high-speed Internet to Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation has launched an ambitious project to bring high-speed Internet service throughout its three-state reservation.

Students and faculty at Navajo Technical College are working with the University of California-San Diego, the University of New Mexico and other partners to bring the Internet to the Hogan. They are also hooking up NTC to the world's largest supercomputer, TeraGrid.

The project started in January with a wireless link from the reservation to New Mexico. NTC will connect 31 Navajo community centers to the Internet by July.

Over the next few years, the Internet will be delivered to Navajo communities in eastern New Mexico. Eventually, each of the 110 chapters in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah will have a supercomputer and a link to the Internet.

The project will take about 5 years to complete. The startup cost was about $2.5 million, with about $3 million needed every year.

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