Washington, D.C. — On Monday, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) announced $2.6 million in funding from the Federal Communications Commission for two Internet companies operating in Nevada’s Fourth Congressional District: California Internet and Valley Communications Association.
The funding comes from the Connect America Fund and is part of a larger $5.6 million awarded to 1,076 homes and businesses in under-served parts of rural Nevada. The funding will build out connectivity in Clark, Douglas, and Nye Counties.
“Access to high-speed Internet helps to close the digital divide between different parts of our state,” Congressman Horsford said. “My district encompasses a large portion of rural Nevada and I’m thrilled to announce this funding to increase Internet connectivity to my constituents. Access to high-speed Internet has become as essential to community economic growth as electricity and roads. All Nevadans stand to benefit economically from high-speed Internet.”
This round of funding comes on the heels of $23.6 million awarded to Nevada Internet companies in May and June. Nationwide, the FCC has allocated $1.488 billion in support to expand broadband to more than 700,000 unserved rural homes and small businesses over the next 10 years.
Expanded access to high speed Internet generates major economic growth and rapid job creation. High speed connections accelerate business development by providing new opportunities for innovation, expansion, and e-commerce. Connected communities create wealth and opportunity by attracting businesses that want to locate in areas with a strong broadband presence.