BEATTY, Nev. (KOLO) Life might be a bit different for those living in the small town of Beatty, about 2 hours north of Las Vegas. However they will soon be able to enjoy something that they didn’t have before – fast and reliable internet service.
“It’s really going to change their reality on a daily basis with technology,” said Ken Johnson, executive vice president of broadband business at Valley Electric Association. “A lot of people wish that they had fiber optic and better reliability, and that is what Beatty is going to get.”
Once Valley Electric completes the project, it will make Beatty Nevada first all-fiber community.
“We are really proud of what we are doing here,” Johnson said. “We aren’t just getting the headlines by saying we are going to do it, we are actually doing it.”
The significance of this story was not lost on Governor Brian Sandoval, who recently paid a visit to Beatty high school, which was the first place to get the new internet service.
“This is a really big deal for the schools,” Sandoval said. “They would take tests, they didn’t have bandwidth they would get interrupted. All of the things we take for granted like streaming video they didn’t have out here.”
Throughout his term as governor, Sandoval has been adamant about improving education and graduation rates in Nevada, and he knows that for Beatty, and subsequent communities to get fiber-optic service, this is an important step in that direction.
“Whether you live in Beatty or Reno, or Las Vegas all of the students should have the same access to the tools for a quality education,” Nevada’s Governor said. “And now here in Beatty we are going to have that.”