Do residents on the Navajo Nation have access to the Internet?
Some communities are getting it for their schools and governmental offices this year. When 70% of the homes still lack conventional telephones, the Internet is not yet a concern to these families. Some individuals have had access to the internet for some time. It has been expensive in most cases, since it required a long distance call to a city that had a facility. If you surf the Internet, there are a growing number of home pages from this region. Use Yahoo and do a search for “Chinle” or “Navajo”. A recently discovered limitation of the radio telephones is their inability to carry enough data for some users who have tried to access the Internet using them! Satelite Internet links such as those from Direct TV may be a work around for this however. Users receive Internet data from their mini-dish that connects to their computers. The users still require a telephone connection, but it is only used to submit short requests for the Internet pages or files that the user wants. The radio li