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Feds invest in rural Nevada broadband network

by Nevada State News

Pilot Peak, Burbank, Pleasant Valley and Montello areas will get high-speed internet

MONTELLO – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Nevada Director Philip Cowee announced today the USDA has invested $2.3 million in a high-speed broadband infrastructure project in rural Nevada. The project will create or improve rural internet for 273 residences, seven farms, seven businesses and a community facility in eastern Nevada.

“Through USDA’s ReConnect Program, approximately 650 people in remote eastern Nevada will get access to broadband technology that will connect them to opportunities in education, health care and economic development,” Cowee said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in deploying this critical infrastructure, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Beehive Telephone Company will use a $2.3 million ReConnect grant to build a fixed wireless system and three Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) systems to connect homes and businesses in a 229-square-mile area of eastern Elko and White Pine counties.

The service area includes the Pilot Valley and Montello communities in Elko County, and the Pleasant Valley community and Burbank exchange in White Pine County.

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