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Recent News // Recent News: Douglas County Leaders Join Innovative Broadband Expansion Effort

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Area leaders enlist in Connected program to bridge technology gap, boost economy, and pave way for improved quality of life

Minden, NV – Douglas community leaders have enrolled their community in an innovative program that seeks to boost the local economy and quality of life for residents through increased access, adoption, and use of broadband.

Staff from Connect Nevada, the statewide nonprofit promoting broadband expansion, led area leaders through the steps of the new Connected community certification program that offers a comprehensive and localized way for communities to bridge the digital divide impacting many communities.

The Douglas County Connected community leadership team recently met to begin building a plan to ensure that every home, school, organization, and business in the county has access to broadband.

Nearly a dozen local leaders are already involved in the project. The committee is part of Nevada’s plan to deliver broadband access to every part of the state. Ultimately, the goal of the Connected community certification program is to increase the number of high-tech companies and jobs in Nevada.

The team will assess the current state of technology in the county, determine what improvements are needed, and devise a plan for achieving those goals.

Community members interested in the project are welcome to join future meetings. Volunteers represent the following areas:

  • Business and industry

  • Healthcare

  • Libraries

  • K-12 education

  • Higher education

  • Community-based organizations

  • Government

  • Agriculture

  • Tourism, recreation and parks

The meetings are organized by Connect Nevada, a nonprofit group that is working to accelerate the availability and use of technology throughout the state towards creating a better business environment, more effective community and economic development, improved healthcare, more efficient government, and enhanced education. 

Tammy James with Douglas County Technology Services is excited to see the opportunities for technological progress that the Connected process will bring. She said: “Technology opens the door to the future. From healthcare to education, agriculture to business - everything we do now, we can do better, faster and more efficiently. Making high-speed broadband technology a reality for Douglas County residents places a world of opportunities at their fingertips.”

The use of broadband technology is already enhancing the lives and businesses of citizens all across the state. In fact, Nevada businesses with broadband report an average of $100,000 higher annual revenue than businesses without. Many companies cite the availability of broadband as essential to starting or expanding their operations. The Internet also allows small businesses, even those based in remote locations, to compete worldwide.

Broadband also promises to boost the economy and quality of life in Nevada. For example, doctors can remotely monitor patients with chronic illnesses, working parents can complete their college degrees by attending classes online, and tourists can make online reservations.

For more information about the project or to join the Connected community technology team, please contact Connect Nevada Program Manager Lindsey Niedzielski at lniedzielski@connectnv.org or (775) 343-9600.

The next meeting of the Douglas County Connected community technology team is set for:          

Thursday, May 31 at 10 a.m.

Douglas County Emergency Services Conference Room

1694 County Road, Minden, NV 89423

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