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Wireless VOIP Gives Voice to Indian Nation

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld)
Mon, 14 Feb 2005 13:01:49 -0500

By Carol Wilson
Telephony, Feb 14, 2005

What began as one Indian reservation's desire for better telephone
service now stands to become a national movement to bring broadband
technology to other reservations around the U.S.

Mescalero Apache Telecom (MATI) took life in March 2001 and in four
short years has upgraded telephone service to the Mescalero Apache
Indian Reservation, introduced high-speed Internet access and begun
trialing broadband wireless technology for voice and data as a
competitive carrier.

As important, however, is that MATI is sharing its knowledge with
others in the same situation.

"We made Mescalero a showcase to show other tribes," said Godfrey
Enjady, general manager of Mescalero Apache Telecom. "We have a
telecom 101 training course for tribes and show them the back-office,
the billing and the front-office systems, as well as a lot of training
that we cram into a week. We have NECA [National Exchange Carriers'
Association] and vendors come out and make presentations. It's all
part of our outreach to tribes to show them how telephone companies

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