VIRGINIA CITY, NV – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, held a roundtable discussion in Storey County with community leaders to discuss economic development in rural areas of Nevada.
“Every corner of Nevada has the capacity for additional economic growth and development,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to sit down with community leaders to discuss what we can do to strengthen the economic momentum in Nevada’s rural communities. We discussed issues such as access to reliable broadband and expanded workforce development programs, and how they can play a key role in the development of our state. I will continue to support legislation that will help grow the Nevada economy.”
“It was great meeting with Senator Rosen to discuss bipartisan issues facing the rural counties in Nevada,” said Jay Carmona, Storey County Commissioner.
BACKGROUND: Earlier this year, Senator Rosen co-sponsored the bipartisan Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, which would help improve mapping of broadband availability in rural areas by requiring the FCC to collect granular service availability data from wired, fixed wireless, and satellite broadband providers; requiring strong parameters for service availability data collected from mobile broadband providers to ensure accuracy, and creating a process for consumers and state, local, and Tribal government to challenge FCC maps with their own data. This bipartisan legislation passed the Senate Commerce Committee in July.