TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (KTUL) -- A $3 million project will be providing internet to Cherokee Nation citizens at a time when many are struggling to get connected.
The money is funding more than 12,000 hotspot devices delivered to your mailbox.
The internet is so bad at Lynetta Fisher’s home in Keys that she has to walk more than 400 yards just to connect our Zoom call.
"When I really need to lose my phone and I really need to send a text or something I have to hop in the Ranger and drive up here to the gate," said Lynetta Fisher.
She’s one of many Cherokee citizens who will be benefiting from a personal hotspot device being mailed to her home.
All a part of a new program the tribal nation is launching.
"I am excited to see what the hotspot will allow me to do a little bit more," said Fisher.
Fisher is a high school science teacher and is seeing fewer and fewer students in the class.
So getting a boost to help connect her to her students at home is essential.
"Two of my classes today I only had two students in each class and I have full classes," said Fisher.
Many of which who are dealing with their own internet issues as they struggle with distance learning.
"When we were virtual the week before Thanksgiving, they would drive up to our elementary school for the hotspot and they would sit in the parking lot," said Fisher.
"Even though we are in the shadows of the pandemic the sun is still shining," said Deputy Chief Bryan Warner.
Deputy Chief Bryan Warner says applying for the program is easy.
He says just take a survey and if you qualify they will ship the hotspot device to you.
"The good Lord has provided us a lot of blessings during this time even though we're dealing with the pandemic and stuff," said Warner.
As of now, the Cherokee nation has ordered more than 12 thousand devices due to the demand.
All of which is thanks to a COVID-19 grant.
Due to the limited supply priority will be given to families with students.
The deadline to apply for the devices is Dec. 11.
To apply for the device click here.