VCA, VEA Assist in Bringing Pahrump Cellular Customers Back Online

Heavy snow knocks out microwave service on Mount Potosi

Pahrump, Nev. (Feb. 3, 2017) – Technicians and engineers from Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) were instrumental in getting Pahrump customers of a cellular carrier back online following damages from the effects of recent storms on Mount Potosi.

Wireless customers were knocked out of service last week when the weight of heavy snow from January's storms collapsed an equipment shelter located on Mount Potosi. Also damaged were microwave antennas, which help transmit cellular signals from Las Vegas to Pahrump. 

VEA members began notifying the Cooperative of cellular issues on Monday (Jan. 30). Not long afterward, engineers from the cellular services requested assistance from VEA and Valley Communications Association, Inc. (VCA) in the form of a temporary fiber optic line to replace the microwave units that were damaged by the snow.

"VEA engineers were able to provision a network path from Las Vegas to Pahrump and out to the main tower site at Homestead and Gamebird within 48 hours," said Ken Johnson, Executive Vice President-Broadband Business. The new fiber-optic circuit restored cell service for those affected, many of whom are VEA members."

"I'm glad our engineers and technicians were in a position to help our members who were affected," said VEA CEO Thomas H. Husted. "Even though we're not in the cellular business, we did all we could to help restore critical communications service to our members and other Pahrump residents.

"VEA’s investment in state-of-the-art fiber-optic systems proved to be a valuable asset to help members enjoy their communications services, even cellular services from a national company," said Husted.

About Valley Communications Association, Inc.

Valley Communications Association, Inc., (VCA), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Valley Electric Association, Inc., (VEA) a nonprofit electric utility headquartered in Pahrump, Nev. Much like VEA did 52 years ago, VCA is bringing critical infrastructure – fiber-optic and wireless broadband – to the communities in its vast 6,800-square-mile service area along the Nevada-California border that were under served by commercial communications providers. VCA is a partner in the long-haul fiber-optic network between Las Vegas and Reno and will expand into VoIP, IPTV, SmartHome and I.T. services in 2017. Long term, VCA’s goal is to expand modern broadband to rural communities of Nevada. For more information about VEA, please visit www.vea.coop.