e-Care Nevada and the Nevada Hospital Association have begun aerial construction on the Nevada Broadband Telemedicine Initiative.
Once completed, the NBTI will be Nevada's only all-fiber, public-use network of its kind to link Reno and Las Vegas. Construction will begin in Goldfield, with crews working north towards Reno and south towards Las Vegas.
The network as designed will be entirely within the borders of the state and will provide the lowest latency route between the two cities. The NBTI will provide the capability for state-of-the-art, telemedicine applications and advanced broadband access to residents in rural Nevada.
"NBTI will allow us to serve patients in Nevada with 21st century, telemedicine applications," said Bill Welch, president of the Nevada Hospital Association. "The goal of our member healthcare facilities has always been to provide patients with the best possible care using the latest technology available in the healthcare industry. We feel this network is the next step in living out that goal."
The network will be used by the Nevada Hospital Association to connect rural healthcare facilities with next generation telemedicine applications along with having the capacity to serve rural communications companies, education centers, and government organizations.
The NBTI is partially funded by a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. BTOP grants have invested nearly $4 billion in advanced broadband projects across the country, with a focus on providing better services to underserved areas. This grant provided the opportunity for a public-private partnership, with NHA receiving the federal grant and e-Care providing the matching, private funds to complete and run the network.
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