By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — The Fort Hall Business Council has approved a partnership agreement between White Cloud Communications and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes to offer wireless internet service to the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The agreement allows White Cloud to be the wireless internet service provider (ISP) from seven wireless tower locations owned by the Tribes that will reach all five Rez districts – Fort Hall, Gibson, Ross Fork, Lincoln Creek and Bannock Creek.
White Cloud will provide equipment for the towers and households to provide internet service to customers.
After 400 total ISP customers are reached, a permanent employee will be hired under tribal preference laws. The Tribes will own a portion of the service and tribal members who get service through a tribal tower will receive a 15 percent discount off the entire cost on ISP service agreements.
The Tribes are currently working on a build out plan with White Cloud for each district. Tribal members are encouraged to sign up with the Land Use Department if they are interested in the service. Once signed up, a White Cloud representative will work with the individuals on service dates. After equipment is installed, customers can request service.
Residential service options start at $24.99 and up depending on the service speed. Tribal members must show their tribal identification card.
For more information or to sign up for services contact the Land Use Department at 208-478-3825 or 3823.