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PRESCOTT, Arizona (January 6, 2003)—The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe entered the new year with unprecedented telecommunication capabilities following the launch of its new wireless wide area network (WAN) and a comprehensive website. 

Working with CommSpeed, a Prescott Valley-based wireless Internet Service Provider (ISP) and Conceptual Systems and Software, a Chino Valley-based networking firm, the Tribe has significantly enhanced communication capabilities between its numerous enterprises through a new high-speed wireless network, which links all tribal offices and gaming sites.

Ernie Jones, president of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe, expressed his enthusiasm with the wireless network, “This technology will allow us to greatly increase our efficiency, and our new e-mail will improve the way the Tribe communicates within the organization and beyond.”  Previously, he says, inadequate telephone lines into and within the reservation frequently posed a challenge to the Tribe because of extremely limited capacity. 

The Tribe has also debuted its first comprehensive website,  The site offers a brief history of the Tribe, information on tribal environmental programs, businesses operating on the reservation, community news and links to the Bucky’s and Yavapai Casino site. In addition to the website, tribal employees can now be contacted via e-mail.

“This new network will allow us to download and upload data at incredible speeds, and will also provide us the capability to share often sensitive information from each point within a secure environment.  Additionally, the wireless connection will offer greater flexibility with our existing equipment and allow for future cost-saving expansions to the system.” said Debra Peterson, tribal network manager.

Located adjacent to the central Arizona community of Prescott, approximately one hour north of Phoenix, the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe consists of 160 members and occupies a reservation of 1,395 acres.

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