Las Vegas, Nevada - The city of Las Vegas received a $950,000 grant from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology. The funds will be used to provide a wireless network that will offer enhanced connectivity to support Clark County School District (CCSD) students in communities of need as part of phase one of the city’s Advanced Connectivity for Community and Economic Development (ACCED) program.
By recent estimates, 31.3 percent of households in Las Vegas have no fixed internet access. The network will allow students access to heightened internet via cellular phones, tablets and mobile notebooks.
To create the network, the city’s traffic engineering team will add equipment to streetlight poles, including antennas, radios, fiber switches, microwave radios and antennas.
The initial deployment of the program will enable students within the Historic Westside, Corridor of Hope and the Medical District neighborhoods to connect to CCSD services from home at no charge. The intent is to launch the ACCED network city-wide, to provide everyone an opportunity to digitally access educational opportunities.
The total cost of phase one is $950,000 and includes equipment, materials, installation and training from equipment manufacturers. This phase is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.