GTT Partner and Caliber Financial Services to Bring High Speed ​​Internet to Otoe-Missouria Reservation

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  • The internet connection solution provides higher speed and more reliable broadband to the tribal Otoe-Missouria community

  • Benefit businesses, schools, healthcare services, and an overall residential quality of life when booking

McLean, Virginia, September 21, 2022 (Globe Newswire) – GTT Communications, Inc.the leading global provider of managed networks and security services to multinational organizations, and caliber financial services, a licensed company wholly owned by the Otoe-Missouria tribe of Indians, has partnered to bring high-speed internet to the Otoe-Missouria Reservation. This high-speed connectivity solution will improve the quality of internet services for families and businesses located in and around the Otoe-Missouria Preserve in rural north-central Oklahoma.

“The pandemic has reinforced the urgent need to bridge the digital divide that many Native American tribes face,” said John Shotton, leader of the Otto Missouria. “We are grateful for the partnership between Caliber and GTT to help raise the quality of life for the people of Otoe-Missouria and drive further economic development for years to come. Broadband services are a very important lifeline to our schools, businesses, healthcare services and all other aspects of community life that depend on Modern communications infrastructure.

“We are very pleased that our partnership with GTT allows us to improve connectivity with Caliber Financial Services while also serving the Otoe-Missouria community as a whole,” said Doug Oliveira, CTO of Caliber Financial Services. “We chose GTT not only for its broad internet backbone and excellent track record as a provider of high-speed connectivity solutions, but the team at GTT have demonstrated exceptional passion and dedication to support this type of broadband development project. We are proud that Caliber, as a wholly owned tribal charter company, is Otoe-Missouria Tribe, has funded a self-sustaining infrastructure project with such far-reaching benefits to the Otoe-Missouria community.”

“GTT is honored to partner with Caliber to deliver faster and more reliable Internet services to the Otoe-Missouria community while providing more flexible connectivity to critical data center and cloud resources,” said Jim Dellis, President of GTT Division, Americas. We understand the importance of modern broadband infrastructure to participate in the digital economy and keep our communities connected and thriving. We look forward to building on our partnership with Caliber, and are passionately committed to pursuing other opportunities to contribute to broadband improvements in the Indian nation.”

A study published by the American Indian Policy Institute in 2019 estimated that 18% of residents of tribal reserves do not have an internet connection, while 33% rely on smartphones for internet service. This is largely the result of most bookings being established in remote locations with very limited infrastructure.

GTT’s connectivity solution includes a 10G Ethernet point-to-point circuit, connecting the Caliber data center located in Red Rock, Oklahoma, to the Kansas City, Missouri data center. The solution also includes a dedicated 10G Internet circuit that connects Red Rock’s data center to the industry-leading global GTT Tier 1 IP network, which also provides direct connections to major cloud service providers.

In addition, GTT has deployed a dedicated 10G internet circuit at the Red Rock data center facility to connect a newly installed tower providing Wi-Fi access to users in the Otoe-Missouria reservation. The new Wi-Fi Tower footprint upgrades the broadband infrastructure serving the Otoe-Missouria community, enabling businesses to connect with their customers and suppliers faster and allowing students to connect to the Internet and the cloud more reliably and securely.

About GT

GTT is a managed network and security services provider for global enterprises. We design and deliver solutions that leverage advanced cloud, networking, and security technologies. We complement our solutions with a range of professional services and exceptional sales and support teams in local markets around the world. We serve thousands of national and multinational companies with a portfolio that includes SD-WAN, security, internet, voice and other connectivity options. Our services are uniquely enabled by the world’s highest rated IP address backbone, spanning across more than 260 cities on six continents. The company’s culture is built on a customer-first experience that is underpinned by our commitment to operational excellence and continuous improvement in our business and environmental, social and governance practices.. For more information visit www.gtt.net.

About the Oto Misuria tribe of Indians

The Otoe-Missouria has more than 3,300 members across the United States. The tribe was moved from Nebraska to Indian Territory in 1881. Today it is one of the largest employers in Caye and Noble County, Oklahoma, and has five casinos, two convenience stores, gas stations, a propane company, a recreation center, a ranch, a hotel, and a water park.

About Caliber Financial Services

Caliber Financial Services Inc. is a company licensed tribally and wholly owned by the Otoe-Missouria tribe of Indians. Caliber provides professional management services to the financial services industry, including tribe’s consumer lending portfolios. Tribal financial services companies generate revenue that supports important social programs for tribe members, such as elder care, educational grants, after-school programs, public safety, housing improvement and infrastructure. For more information about Caliber Financial Services, please visit www.caliberfs.com.

GTT media inquiries
Brad Bass, GTT
+ 1-240-418-0168
brad.bass@gtt.net

Jim Cameron, Lewis
+ 1- 650-279-4691
jim.cameron@teamlewis.com

GTT Investor Relations
Charlie Lucas, GTT
Vice President of Finance
Investorrelations@gtt.net

Media Inquiries in the Otto Missouria
Heather Payne, Oto Missouria tribe
hpayne@omtribe.org

Media Inquiries from Caliber Financial Services
Joseph Lilly, Caliber Financial Services
joe.lilly@caliberfs.com

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