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Nye County leaders join statewide technology effort
by Tribune Staff
Mar 31, 2012 | 671 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print


PAHRUMP — Nye community leaders have enrolled their community in an innovative program that seeks to boost the local economy and quality of life for residents though increased access, adoption and use of broadband.

Staff from Connect Nevada, the statewide non-profit promoting broadband expansion, led area leaders through the steps of the new “Connected” community certification program that offers a comprehensive and localized way for communities to bridge the digital divide impacting many communities.

A new volunteer committee, the Nye County Connected Community Leadership Team, based in Pahrump, recently met to begin building a plan to ensure that every home, school, organization and business in the county has access to broadband. A second team will be formed to do the complete broadband assessment of the rest of the county.

Sixteen local leaders are already involved in the project. The committee is part of Nevada’s plan to deliver broadband access to every part of the state.

The team will assess the current state of technology in the county, determine what improvements are needed and devise a plan for achieving those goals.

Community members interested in the project are welcome to join future meetings. Volunteers represent the following areas: business and industry, health care, libraries, K-12 education, higher education, community-based organizations, government, agriculture, tourism, recreation and parks and tribal representatives.

The use of broadband technology is already enhancing the lives and businesses of citizens all across the state. In fact, Nevada businesses with broadband report an average of $100,000 higher annual revenue than businesses without. Many companies cite the availability of broadband as essential to starting or expanding their operations. The Internet also allows small businesses, even those based in remote locations, to compete worldwide.

Broadband also promises to boost the economy and quality of life in Nevada. For example, doctors can remotely monitor patients with chronic illnesses, working parents can complete their college degrees by attending classes online, and tourists can make online reservations.

For more information about the project, contact Connect Nevada Program Manager Lindsey Niedzielski at lniedzielski@connectnv.org or 343-9600.
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