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Connect Nevada receives $2.5M in federal funds
by Tribune Staff
Oct 02, 2010 | 592 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY — The effort to spread high-speed Internet across Nevada got a major boost Tuesday with about $2.5 million in federal funding. Connect Nevada received the funding as part of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD) grant program.

Connect Nevada was formed in 2009 with about $1.4 million in funding from the SBDD to promote broadband expansion, with the aim of enhancing economic growth and quality of life.

Connect Nevada, a nonprofit organization, works in collaboration with the Nevada Broadband Task Force to gather data and promote the spread of affordable broadband service across the state. Its efforts have focused on producing the first comprehensive maps of broadband service across Nevada as well as ongoing planning activities over a five-year period.

Connect Nevada said the new funds will be used for:

• Continuation of the current broadband data collection and production of updated broadband maps during the remainder of the five-year program period.

• Establishing a central, state-level program office to work in coordination with and in support of the Nevada Broadband Task Force to ensure broadband related strategies and activities are developed as part of a cohesive and comprehensive statewide effort.

• Offering technical assistance tools and resources for broadband expansion to communities across the state through research on technology usage, needs and barriers to adoption.

• Supporting regional planning teams in the 14 counties with the lowest rates of broadband availability and adoption.  Planning teams will meet at local libraries.

For more information, visit www.connectnv.org. The website allows residents to find providers at their address, check their current Internet speeds, request broadband service in their area and share stories of how high-speed Internet has impacted their lives.
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