ATS Support Organizations
These organizations work closely with ATS.
Our 100+ Tribal Members
Not only do the ATS tribal members support ATS – they are ATS.
Bringing affordable broadband to all of our tribal members is the reason for ATS’ existence. Covering a large portion of Alaska, our members govern the Alaska Tribal Network policies through a Policy Board comprised of member representatives. At the local community level, each individual tribe makes decisions on their own network implementations. For more information about our members, you can view our members page.
OptimERA focuses on the communications and energy sectors. They optimize systems that allow them to create sustainable businesses in challenging markets. Their company provides telecom and technology services in hard to serve areas; creating innovative business models, and supplying technical resources through engineering, consulting, and construction.
OptimERA is the organization that will manage the Alaska Tribal Network’s operations. OptimERA was chosen by ATS for this role because they have built an ATN prototype in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. This network is a standards-based ORAN LTE network that uses Band 41 (2.5 GHz) and other spectrum to deliver wireless fixed broadband and cell phone service to a large population. Unlike many others, OptimERA has the Telecom experience and has proven the viability of their network in an Alaskan environment. They are ready to fully support the ATS plan to implement the Alaska Tribal Network across all of Alaska. The ATN plan offers incredible advantages over any other in Alaska.
Alaska Tribal Administrators Association (ATAA)
The Alaska Tribal Administrators Association (ATAA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2013 to support Alaska’s Tribal Administrators in the development and sustainability of strong and effective tribal administration. Their mission is to develop a collaborative atmosphere of knowledge sharing and professional support among Alaska’s Tribal administrative professionals; and to promote effective tribal administration resulting in greater self-governance, community sustainability, and leadership.
The ATAA is a key ATS partner. They are integral in disseminating accurate information to tribal administrators, helping them to understand their broadband choices and how they compare for their maximum benefit. The ATAA is a clearinghouse for true comparison and tribal outreach concerning broadband choices.
The ATAA chose to support ATS to assist in its mission because it is the only one that ensures Tribal Digital Sovereignty. It is the only plan that allows for tribal ownership and control of their networks while ensuring tribal grant funds are applied for tribal benefit and not to line the pockets of for-profit concerns.
Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA)
The Alaska Native Village Corporation Association promotes the success of their Village Corporations and protection of Native lands. The vision of ANVCA is to support the mission with projects and activities that provide education to Village Corporations, advocacy for Village Corporations, outreach to and inclusion of Village Corporations statewide, and Village Corporation sustainability.
Kawerak Inc works hard to meet the needs of the people of the region through strong collaboration and cooperation with all 20 tribes, their regional medical center, and their Elder’s wisdom and expert guidance. The scope of service and work is wide but their mission keeps them united and focused on meeting the identified needs and working together to engage in this mission. Kawerak is truly empowered by the unity of their Tribes to serve the people, and they do this through facilitation and partnership. Lastly, they are guided and sustained by traditions, values, and Native culture, all of which they hold dear and work to keep alive and integrated in all that they do.