Providing affordable high-speed connectivity statewide.

Founded in 2019, Alaska Tribal Broadband’s (ATB) mission is to improve broadband service in rural Alaska villages. The Native-owned company has been at the forefront of assisting tribes in seizing opportunities supplied by new federal government broadband initiatives. ATB began by educating tribes on the value of 5G wireless and how to take advantage of the chance to get the service no cost and has helped over a hundred tribes get their FCC license.

ATB assists tribes in preparing federal grant applications by developing comprehensive broadband plans and now assists tribes in implementing those plans, starting with the village of Akiak. Currently, the company is completing construction on the second tribal-owned broadband network in Alaska for the village of Unalakleet.

ATB partners with Alaska Village Initiatives, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to create new economic activities in distressed communities. Through this partnership, Alaskan tribes applied for the $1 billion NTIA Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grant. ATB and AVI are providing technical support to help tribes prepare in advance of NTIA funding awards.

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Craig Fleener, ATB’s CEO, is an Alaska Native from Fort Yukon.  He has extensive experience in Alaska state government.  From 2014 to 2018, he served in the Office of the Governor as Senior Advisor on Arctic Policy, and represented the governor and the State of Alaska in Washington DC as Director of State and Federal Relations. 

Brad has more than 25 years of management experience working in the for-profit and regional nonprofit business sectors throughout Alaska. Most recently, Brad has served as president of an Alaska Native village corporation, where he oversaw stakeholder and public relations, all aspects of corporate affairs, and management of the government-services holding company.

Wayne has over 30 years in the Telecommunications industry deploying and operating national, regional, municipal and tribal networks. He held senior management positions ranging from start-ups to some of the most well-known companies in the nation and maintains PMP certification.