Las Vegas (KSNV) — Governor Steve Sisolak formally announced the launch of Phase 1 of the “High-Speed NV” initiative at the Southern Nevada Traffic Management Center on Thursday.
The first phase will invest $200 million through state and federal funds from the American Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The plan focuses on infrastructure to close the digital divide to unserved and underserved rural and urban areas, with a goal of creating universal, scalable and affordable internet access for all Nevadans by 2029.
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“The pandemic shone a bright light on issues that existed long before COVID-19 – In the past two years, we’ve seen just how important equitable access to high-speed, reliable internet is for work, education, healthcare, and civic participation,” said Governor Sisolak.
“We cannot leave any community behind, urban or rural, as we work to close the digital divide.”
Governor Sisolak was joined by Lt. Governor Lisa Cano Burkhead, OSIT Director Brian Mitchell, Senator Nicole Cannizzaro, Assemblyman Howard Watts, RTC of Southern Nevada staff, and others for the launch.