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From Connected Cows to a Bear that Deploys Broadband — How Connectivity Brings Opportunity to Rural Communities

April 23, 2018

From Connected Cows to a Bear that Deploys Broadband — How Connectivity Brings Opportunity to Rural Communities Nye County, Nevada covers a vast and rural part of the Silver State. It is the third largest county by area in the U.S., and its geography is marked by arid desert, rugged mountains, and plenty of sagebrush. It averages […]

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FCC Commissioner Carr visits rural towns in VEA’s service area

April 10, 2018

FCC Commissioner Carr visits rural towns in VEA’s service area By Vern Hee Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr brought national attention to Southern Nevada April 9, during visits to Beatty, Amargosa Valley, Pahrump and Mountain Springs to get an update on the progress of high-speed broadband in Valley Electric Association Territory. Bringing high-speed broadband to […]

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Planned maintenance for digital TV

April 5, 2018

Planned Maintenance for Digital TV Scheduled maintenance will be conducted on fiber-optic cabling that carries the Valley Communications Association’s digital TV services. This maintenance will occur from midnight to 5 a.m., Wednesday, April 11. The planned maintenance will affect approximately two-thirds of the channels. During the maintenance, these channels maybe be temporarily unavailable. Most channels […]

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The Communications Landscape: Connectivity in Nevada

March 2, 2018

March 1, 2018 Nevada Business Magazine The Communications Landscape: Connectivity in Nevada https://www.nevadabusiness.com/2018/03/the-communications-landscape-connectivity-in-nevada/   Connectivity Shortfalls By Doresa Banning While businesses in Nevada’s metropolises are demanding smart capabilities from their wireless communications devices, their counterparts in the state’s rural parts simply want and need broadband, or high-speed, Internet. A lot of cities in the Silver […]

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Pace of construction prompts contractors meeting at VCA

December 12, 2017

Pace of construction prompts contractors meeting at VCA New homes in Pahrump to be wired with fiber-optic PAHRUMP, Nev. (Dec. 3, 2017) – Robust new-home construction so far in 2017 has caused some excitement with Valley Communications Association. The Nye county Building Department said 309 new homes have been built in 2017 through November. Ken […]

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High Speed Broadband Comes to Beatty

September 27, 2017

High Speed Broadband Comes to Beatty First all-fiber community in Nevada after buildout Just a few weeks ago, veteran school counselor Teresa Sullivan was monitoring two classrooms full of freshmen and sophomores taking a Nye County-issued academic test at Beatty High School. Too many students were struggling — and it wasn’t because of the difficulty […]

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McKenna Joins VCA as Chief Operating Officer

July 14, 2017

McKenna Joins VCA as Chief Operating Officer Longtime communications executive to lead broadband team PAHRUMP, Nev. (July 14, 2017) – Kathryn G. McKenna, an experienced communications executive in the West and Midwest for the past 25 years, has been named Chief Operating Officer for Valley Communications Association, Inc. McKenna, who was Assistant General Manager at […]

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Heller, Manchin Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Rural Broadband

June 15, 2017

Heller, Manchin Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand Americans’ access to broadband by streamlining the application process required to construct broadband infrastructure on federal lands. One of the greatest inhibitors to broadband infrastructure expansion […]

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VEA Wins Cornerstone Award For High-Speed Communications

May 3, 2017
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VEA Wins Cornerstone Award For High-Speed Communications Cooperative recognized for bringing wireless broadband to rural Nevada communities DALLAS (May 3, 2017) – Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) was presented with a Cornerstone Award today at the Broadband Communities 2017 Summit. Nate Johnson, Executive VP-Broadband and IT Communications, accepted the award at the Dallas meeting, which […]

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Heller: Federal Agencies are Holding Up Broadband Infrastructure

May 1, 2017

Heller: Federal Agencies are Holding Up Broadband Infrastructure Heller Wants to Repeat Success of Valley Electric in Pahrump Washington, D.C. – During a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) discussed Nevada’s challenges with rural broadband access. Specifically, he talked about the barriers to expanding broadband internet infrastructure, especially […]

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