Blog // Connect Nevada

Second Annual Nevada Summit Proves a Big Success

By Jeremy Thacker

Leaders from across Nevada are putting new energy into expanding local broadband services! This week’s State Broadband Summit made a big impact as Connect Nevada works toward making sure every resident has the computer and Internet skills they need to succeed in today’s economy. The state’s second annual Summit, called Connecting Communities, drew nearly a hundred attendees to the Windmill Library in Las Vegas as well as dozens of viewers who watched the event via live web stream. Job creation, economic development, and digital literacy were the main themes of the day. Several speakers took the stage including Nevada State Senator Ruben...

Read More Share

Connect Nevada Aims to Put ‘Every Community Online’

By Jeremy Thacker

Connect Nevada, in partnership with JOIN, Inc. and the Nevada State Library and Archives (NSLA), has launched the Every Community Online (ECO) program! The program offers free computer and Internet training and leaves participants eligible for discounted computers and home broadband services. More than 126,000 Nevada adults (19%) say a lack of digital skills and knowledge of how to use a computer and broadband is the main reason they don’t have broadband at home. The ECO program promises to change that by offering Nevadans a free way to learn life-changing digital skills through their local public computer centers and then be rewarded with...

Read More Share

Nevada Broadband Maps Could Play Future Olympic Role

By Jeremy Thacker

Nevada is exploring the idea of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympic Games and the state’s broadband maps could prove an important piece of the bidding puzzle! Nevada and California recently joined forces to create an official Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee for the 2026 games. The idea is to bring the international event to the Tahoe area. But, to do that, the committee has to know that the region can be ready to host all the needs the Olympic games would require. With that in mind, Nevada and California representatives recently joined forces to create an official Lake Tahoe Basin Broadband Task Force after a presentation by...

Read More Share

Rural Broadband Barriers Revealed at Annual WSSA Conference

By Jeremy Thacker

Scholars are taking home a better understanding of the Nevada and Texas broadband landscape thanks to an important conference last week in Houston. Connect Nevada’s Chris McGovern and Elizabeth Riesser were on hand at the 54th Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) to shed light on the reasons why people in rural areas do or do not use broadband across the states. Presenting from their paper, “Choosing to Connect: Broadband Adoption and Barriers in Rural Texas and Nevada” the pair examined the barriers that prevent people from subscribing to the life-changing service. Right now, only 49% of rural residents in...

Read More Share