Magellan Advisors Launches Broadband Engineering Planning Project for Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians in San Diego County, CA
Denver, CO, January 25, 2021 – The Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians (“Ewiiaapaayp”) has partnered with Magellan Advisors to develop a comprehensive broadband engineering design and financial plan for the implementation of a new broadband network on its off-grid Ewiiaapaayp Indian Reservation near Mount Laguna in east San Diego County, California. The Tribe, assisted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is focused on constructing and deploying broadband services and electrical grid connection to support the economic and social goals of tribal leadership and its citizens. This broadband project intends to introduce digital connectivity to the Reservation that is without wireless or wireless services, which enables both electrification and access road projects through shared underground conduit facilities..
Magellan will conduct extensive consultation with tribal leadership, utilities, businesses and commercial service providers in the area to develop a new broadband infrastructure to support current and future needs.
Magellan will also focus on optimizing the Tribe’s 2.5 GHz tribal spectrum, recently approved by the FCC, to provide last-mile broadband services to residential consumers and anchor institutions. Magellan’s engineering design and cost estimates will be used to secure the appropriate federal and state funding resources to implement the network.
Ewiiaapaayp Tribal Chairman Robert Pinto Sr. says, “Working with Magellan to support our plans for securing funding for our infrastructure efforts is critical for establishing essential infrastructure for the Reservation. With this project, we expect to secure funding to support electrification, an access road and provision of broadband services that will bring the Reservation from the 19th century to the twenty-first century. Securing the 2.5 GHz spectrum from the FCC will accelerate our efforts.”
Magellan is honored to work with the Tribe to promote the return of tribal members to the reservation, preserve its cultural heritage, and improve the quality of life for its members.
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