MONTELLO, Nev., Feb. 25, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Nevada State Director Philip Cowee announced the USDA has invested $2.3 million in a high-speed broadband infrastructure project that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 273 households, seven farms, seven businesses and a critical community facility in eastern Nevada. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.
"Through USDA’s ReConnect Program, approximately 650 people in remote eastern Nevada will get access to broadband technology that will connect them to opportunities in education, health care and economic development,” Cowee said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in deploying this critical infrastructure, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
Beehive Telephone Company Inc. will use a $2.3 million ReConnect grant to construct a fixed wireless system and three Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) systems to connect 273 households, seven businesses, seven farms and a critical community facility in a 229-square-mile area of eastern Elko and White Pine counties. The service area includes the Pilot Valley and Montello communities in Elko County, and the Pleasant Valley community and Burbank exchange in White Pine County.