February 25, 2022

Cortez Masto Announces $7.3 Million to Improve Broadband in Elko County

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) announced $7.3 million in funding to expand broadband in Spring Creek, Nevada as part of her Innovation State Initiative. This grant funding, will serve 5,568 households across the county as well as 169 businesses and 21 community institutions. Senator Cortez Masto wrote a letter of support for this grant application last year.

“Every Nevada community deserves fast and reliable internet services. I’ve spoken to many Spring Creek residents about the problems unreliable internet connectivity creates, and I’m glad we came together to secure this investment for the businesses, schools, and families of Spring Creek,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “Providing funding opportunities like this is part of my mission to bridge the digital divide for all Nevadans.”

This grant funding is part of the Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Program and will be used to fund Elko County’s Spring Creek Area project.

Through her Innovation State Initiative to strengthen and diversify Nevadan’s economy, Senator Cortez Masto has led in the Senate to improve broadband access, including in rural communities. Most recently, she advocated for provisions in the bipartisan Senate infrastructure package to invest in broadband, which will provide more than $100 million directly to connect more Nevadans to quality internet. In 2020, she passed her bipartisan ACCESS BROADBAND Act to foster the development and growth of broadband resources for businesses as well as underserved urban and rural communities in Nevada through improved access and transparency of federal broadband programs.