Project to Bring Wireless to Rural Nevada Dead Zones

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - 3G and 4G mobile service may soon be available along some of the most desolate stretches of Nevada roadways.

Federal Communications Commission officials say ATN/Commnet won an auction this week to provide coverage on nearly 2,800 miles of Nevada roads.

The company is getting $21 million to bring the service to Churchill, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander and Nye counties.

The funds come from America's first "Mobility Fund" auction. Federal officials say the commission cut waste and found $300 million in savings last year, and is using the money to fill in the gaps in U.S. mobile coverage.

Nationwide, the project will cover 83,000 road miles.

Companies have three years to complete their projects.