Connect Nevada, Nevada Broadband Task Force to Host Public Webinar on June 3rd
Carson City, NV – Connect Nevada has launched a powerful new broadband app in the effort to bring quality, high-speed Internet to the entire state. Yesterday, Governor Jim Gibbons announced the public release of the state’s first comprehensive broadband map along with the launch of BroadbandStat, the interactive state mapping resource that puts all the latest information on the broadband landscape directly at your fingertips. Additionally, the Connect Nevada website (www.connectnv.org) offers several other interactive tools for broadband consumers.
“In today’s digital world, being connected to the Internet is critical to preserving and improving lifestyle,” says Daphne DeLeon, chairperson of the Governor’s Nevada Broadband Task Force. “Whether you live in a rural or urban area, high-speed Internet enables access to quality jobs, information, and vital services ranging from interactive telemedicine to higher education. Broadband gives you the opportunity to work from home, take online classes, and market your products – all of which have a positive impact on the local economy. Yet, for thousands of Nevada residents, affordable access to high-speed Internet is still not available.”
The newly unveiled map confirms that approximately 21,000 Nevada households are still without any broadband service option at all.
“The completed Nevada state map shows what broadband services are currently available down to the street level. Connect Nevada, in collaboration with the state’s broadband providers, will update the map on a routine basis to reflect real-time broadband availability so that policy makers, Internet providers, and the general public can use the maps to make informed decisions about broadband investment and expansion,” explains Brian Mefford, CEO of Connect Nevada’s parent company, Connected Nation. “The goal of our nonprofit organization is to expand broadband access to areas where it doesn’t exist and improve the quality of service in areas that are already served. Nevada’s newly completed map is the first major step in this process.”
Nevada’s BroadbandStat state map will be explained in detail by Nevada Broadband Task Force Chairperson Daphne DeLeon and members of the Connect Nevada team. The public demonstration of the powerful tool will take place via webinar on Thursday, June 3, from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. PST. Media, broadband providers, and the general public are invited to attend the webinar or join Ms. DeLeon in-person for the demonstration at a location that has yet to be determined. In the meantime, the map and the webinar sign-up link are available now through the Connect Nevada website, www.connectnv.org.
All Nevada residents are encouraged to visit the Connect Nevada website, www.connectnv.org, to join in this important initiative and offer feedback. The website gives residents a place to provide feedback on the initiative as well as several useful interactive tools. Users can use the website 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. By increasing broadband access and use across the state, Nevada is facing a bright future, with greater opportunities, and a new throughway to economic empowerment.
Connect Nevada is funded through a $1.4 million award by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to launch the initiative in the state and carry out the work over a five-year period. Under the NTIA State Broadband Data and Development grant program Connect Nevada is charged with creating statewide awareness, mapping, and maintaining the state broadband inventory for two years, and conduct planning efforts for a period of five years. These funds are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. NTIA, as required by the ARRA, will make a national broadband map publicly available by February 17, 2011.
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