U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) announced that the National Telecommunications and information Administration (NTIA) is awarding Nevada $43.5 million through the Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program that was signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expend high-speed internet access throughout the state.
The grant will fund a 431-mile open-access fiber optic network from Las Vegas to Wells, Nevada, along the Route 93 corridor, to provide 21,000 locations that are currently unserved or underserved with quality internet access. Residents in these Nevada communities should consult the federal Affordable Connectivity Program to see if they quality for lower costs on their broadband service.
"Middle mile" is the section of a network that connects the internet to a local connection site, which often includes anchor institutions such as schools, libraries, or government offices. Middle mile networks connect an internet backbone to local networks that can support connections to residential homes, which is known as the "last mile" section.