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Clark County To Expand Broadband Infrastructure Over Next Decade

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Clark County is acting on a long term goal to provide high-speed broadband to its more rural areas. County Commissioners have committed nearly $3 million to provide the internet access.

The county’s new effort to get internet access out to the county’s rural populations is a multi-phase project scheduled to begin next year.

Michael Cooper, the county's public information officer, calls the project a great investment for the future.

“Access to the Internet has become essential for rural families in today's economy. You know, we're all residents, our workers, students, businesses and consumers. And technology is a great equalizer that will allow our rural families to prosper," he says.

Cooper says it could take as long as 10 to 15 years to get the infrastructure in place to give the entire county access to broadband.

This first phase is expected to wrap up by the end of 2021. It will benefit more than 400 Clark County residents.

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