The U.S. Department of the Treasury this month awarded $135.6 million in American Rescue Plan Act money to expand and upgrade broadband internet service in Nevada.
According to a Sept. 2 press release from U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., the state’s broadband connectivity needs have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made crystal clear just how important access to reliable internet is for our state,” Rosen said in a statement. “Over the past year, we’ve seen Nevadans utilize internet access to conduct business, seek healthcare and pursue an education, all online.
“Unfortunately, many communities in Nevada — especially those in rural areas — lack necessary high-speed broadband connections.”
The funding comes via the American Rescue Plan Act’s $10 billion Capital Projects Fund, which was approved in March and allows for investment in high-quality broadband as well as other connectivity infrastructure, devices and equipment.
“In addition to supporting broadband, it also provides flexibility for each state, territory, and Tribal government to make other investments in critical community hubs or other capital assets that provide access jointly to work, education, and health monitoring,” per the release.