In 2015, the Karuk Tribe partnered with the Yurok Tribe

In 2015, the Karuk Tribe partnered with the Yurok Tribe for the “Klamath River Rural Broadband Initiative” (KRRBI). The purpose of the KRRBI Project is to provide high-speed broadband Internet service to people living in the ancestral territories of the Karuk and Yurok Tribes (Tribes), including tribal and non-tribal community members, who are presently unserved or underserved by current service Providers. The KRRBI Project will install about 104 miles of “middle mile” fiber optic cable from Orleans to Weitchpec, from Weitchpec to Wautec and Tulley Creek, from Weitchpec to Orick, and from Orick to the “meet-me” with existing fiber in McKinleyville. The “middle mile” is so called because it connects areas without broadband fiber optic cable connections to the larger long distance fiber optic network, and the “meet-me” is the point of connection between the middle mile and the larger network. The KRRBI project is set for construction in 2021 and will be completed in 2023, providing a critical service to the river communities. The purpose of the KRRBI project is to provide high-speed broadband Internet service to people living in the ancestral territories of the Karuk and Yurok Tribes, including tribal and non-tribal community members, who are presently unserved or underserved by current service providers.

The Project area covered by KRRBI

The Project area covered by KRRBI is highly rural and very large. The KRRBI will serve five unserved and underserved communities: Orleans, Weitchpec, Ka’Pel, Wautec, and Orick.

The middle mile portion of the Project is divided into five segments. Segment 1 runs from the existing fiber optic connection with Siskiyou Telephone in Orleans to Weitchpec. Segment 2 connects Weitchpec and Wautec along Highway 169, while Segment 3 connects Segment 2 to Segment 4 along Bald Hills Road. Segment 4 runs from Elk Camp Fire Station and the intersection of Johnsons Road, where Segment 3 terminates, to the town of Orick, and terminates at the new Orick Tower. Segment R5 connects the first four segments to the existing fiber optic network, running from the Orick Tower to the “meet-me” point. There will be “last mile” connections along all five segments. It is called “last mile” because it connects individual customers (commercial, institutional, and domestic) directly to the broadband fiber optic network.

The project will supply last mile high-speed broadband access to 7 first responder agencies, 19 other anchor institutions, and 616 residences in the communities of Orick, Orleans, Johnsons, Wautec, Weitchpec, and possibly other neighbors and businesses, along with Segments 1 through 4, where 295 households are unserved, and 321 households are underserved. The last mile will largely be supplied wirelessly, utilizing existing towers to broadcast the signal in Orleans and along the Klamath River in the Yurok Reservation. It will also utilize a new tower to be built in Orick as part of this Project. Some anchor institutions will receive a direct fiber connection.

The Karuk Tribe has retained the services of a Native-owned contractor

The Karuk Tribe has retained the services of a Native-owned contractor to provide program management, project management, permitting, and construction services.

EnerTribe has been retained to provide overall program and grant management

EnerTribe has been retained to provide overall program and grant management, project management, permitting, inter-tribal outreach, inter-governmental outreach, and engineering for wireless and network components for the KRRBI project.

The Karuk Tribe selected Owner’s Engineer, a firm that will provide design advice, drawings, and specifications during permitting; develop the final drawings and specifications for the construction contract; and oversee the technical aspects of construction. Trinity Valley Consulting Engineers, a Native-owned firm, and their partner N-Com, were awarded the Owner’s Engineer contract. They have been providing additional details for the project description and technical options for avoiding environmental impacts. Paragon Partners was also contracted to assist in easement acquisition.

The Karuk and Yurok, each a sovereign nation, are teamed for the KRRBI project and lead decision-makers for project activities on and off the reservation. Where activities take place outside of reservation boundaries or trust lands, the Tribes recognize the authority of federal, state, and local agencies to conduct an environmental review and issue permits for those activities. However, the Tribes anticipate that each government agency will recognize their unique government-to-government relationship with the Tribes and afford the permitting process every priority and attention to promptly provide this important service to the region’s communities and institutions.

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