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2014 Connect Nevada Broadband Workshops Recap

By CNV Staff

Stakeholders meet at Connect Nevada’s Las Vegas Broadband Workshop on September 15 to discuss this question and the state of broadband in Nevada.

On September 15 and 17, Connect Nevada held two broadband planning workshops to help create a master broadband plan for the state. These workshops, held in Las Vegas and Reno, featured speakers and discussions about the state of broadband in Nevada. More than 70 people from the public and private sectors participated.

Assemblyman James Oscarson  (right) discusses telehealth and its potential in rural counties at Connect Nevada's Broadband Workshop.

Stakeholders in southern and northern Nevada attended workshops in Las Vegas and Reno to discuss sector and geographic issues and challenges preventing broadband availability, adoption, and usage.

After discussing these issues and challenges, attendees rolled up their sleeves to brainstorm and discuss ways to encourage broadband availability, adoption, and usage. Discussions ranged from implementing computer programing efforts in middle schools to encourage digital literacy, developing technology-centered higher education curriculum to support technology in all sectors, to changing the mindset of broadband as a luxury and brand it as an essential infrastructure for improved quality of life, economic development, and cost savings.

The southern Nevada event provided direction and suggestions about public safety, digital literacy, and economic development while the northern meeting offered perspectives on education, healthcare, and local government. All discussions will be incorporated into a statewide broadband plan designed to educate and motivate broadband policy planning in communities, regions, and the state.

Stakeholders discuss the pending Nevada State Broadband Plan at the Connect Nevada Broadband Planning Workshop in Reno on September 17.


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