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In 2009, Connect Nevada was
established as a subsidiary of Connected Nation, the United States Department
of Commerce’s State Broadband Initiative grant. The public-private initiative was
established to work with each broadband provider in the state to create detailed maps of broadband
coverage and assess the state of broadband adoption across Nevada, to help
communities plan for technology expansion.
In furtherance of this nation-wide broadband effort, Governor Gibbons
issued an executive order to create the State Broadband Task Force. The Task Force was charged with identifying
and removing barriers to broadband access and identifying opportunities for
increased broadband applications and adoption in unserved and underserved areas
After years of data collection, mapping,
analysis, surveys, and working with counties to help expand access to broadband
services, the Nevada Broadband Task Force and Connect Nevada concluded their work
and published their findings and recommendations in The Nevada State Action
Broadband Plan in 2014. The Nevada State Action Broadband Plan set forth a
number of recommendations and proposals for future broadband expansion.
During the 2015 Legislative
Session, the Nevada Legislature passed Assembly Bill 485, which made certain revisions
to the Governor’s Office of Science Innovation and Technology (OSIT). One aspect of the bill was to place OSIT in charge
of coordinating activities in this State relating to the planning mapping and
procurement of broadband service. In furtherance
of this bill, Governor Sandoval issued a new Executive Order re-establishing
the Nevada Broadband Task Force (“Task Force”).
The 2015 Task Force will consist
of 12 members, appointed by the Governor, who will represent rural health and
hospitals, rural K-12 school districts, distance education/higher education,
public safety, transportation, data and telecommunications industries and local
government. The Task Force will work in
conjunction with the OSIT Broadband Manager, and will be responsible for
assisting the Nevada Department of Education in carrying out its Nevada Ready
21 plan to improve technology in Nevada schools, overseeing the continued
mapping of broadband infrastructure in the state, evaluate the present and
future needs for broadband throughout Nevada, evaluating the existing capacity
of public and private broadband infrastructure and providing recommendations
regarding priorities for expansion, developing statewide policy that will help
improve access to and the development of broadband infrastructure throughout
the state, and advancing any other policy recommendations set forth in The
Nevada State Broadband Action Plan.
in the National Broadband Plan, broadband Internet is “a foundation for
economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of
life.” As part of the “New Nevada,” championed by
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, broadband is an integral part of a successful
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, and essential to
ensuring Nevada is able to meet its future workforce and employer needs. In this regard, expansion must continue to be
a coordinated and ongoing effort to ensure this important asset continues its
expansion throughout Nevada.
Connecting America: The National
Broadband Plan, Federal Communications Commission, April 2010. http://www.broadband.gov/download-plan/. See
also the State Broadband Action Plan, Connect Nevada, November 2014, p.