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Starlink on the Rez

May 17, 2022
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Starlink on the Rez
DeSoto™ is helping Native Families secure high-speed internet.

DeSoto LLC, a trusted technology provider, recently installed Starlink units for Native American families living on a reservation. This initiative is aimed at bridging the digital divide, which disproportionately affects low-income communities and indigenous peoples.

The reservation, located in a remote area with limited access to basic amenities, has struggled with poor internet connectivity for years. This has had a significant impact on the community, particularly during the pandemic, when many people had to work and study from home.

Recognizing the importance of digital access in today's world, DeSoto LLC partnered with the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe to provide Starlink units to it’s members, which use low-orbit satellites to deliver high-speed internet to areas with limited connectivity. The project was funded by the Tribe for it’s members, which DeSoto LLC provided technical assistance to install and help maintain the units.

The impact of this initiative was immediate and transformative. Families who previously had to travel long distances to access reliable internet can now work, study, and access essential services from the comfort of their homes. This has not only improved their quality of life but also opened up new opportunities for economic and educational advancement.

Furthermore, this project has had a profound cultural significance for the Native American community. In many indigenous cultures, storytelling and oral traditions are crucial to preserving their history and identity. Digital access has allowed them to share their stories, language, and culture with the wider world, creating awareness and appreciation for their rich heritage.

The efforts by DeSoto LLC to bridge the digital divide in the reservation are an inspiration to other companies and organizations to prioritize social responsibility and community development. By investing in digital access, companies can empower marginalized communities, uplift their standard of living, and create a more equitable society.

In conclusion, providing Starlink units to Native American families living on a reservation is a significant step towards bridging the digital divide. It is an example of how technology can be leveraged to empower marginalized communities and promote social progress, while respecting their cultural heritage. This initiative is an inspiration to all to pay attention to the needs of underserved communities and work towards creating a more inclusive society.

As DeSoto LLC continues to prioritize social responsibility and community development, they hope to expand their efforts to other marginalized communities in need of digital access. They believe that internet connectivity is a fundamental right and that no one should be left behind in the digital age. By partnering with local organizations and communities, DeSoto LLC plans to help bridge the digital divide and create a more equitable world for all. Their commitment to making a positive impact is a testament to their values as a company, and they hope to inspire others to do the same.

Our techs had a blast stopping by a families home and installing the Starlink™ device for them, we are working closely with Tribal families in Arizona and Utah to bring the amazing speed that they have gone so long without directly to their homes to help with things like remoted education and medicine.

Tribal Member's home Willow Springs
Tribal Member's Home - Hidden Springs

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