WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of the Treasury for awarding $135,603,020 in funding to the state of Nevada as part of the Rosen-backed American Rescue Plan Act’s Capital Project Fund. The funding will be used to support broadband connectivity needs highlighted and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made crystal clear just how important access to reliable internet is for our state,” said Senator Rosen. “Over the past year, we’ve seen Nevadans utilize internet access to conduct business, seek health care, and pursue an education, all online. Unfortunately, many communities in Nevada – especially those in rural areas – lack necessary high-speed broadband connections. I’m committed to expanding broadband access in our state, and I’m proud to have helped pass the American Rescue Plan Act, which provides this $135 million investment to Nevada to get our communities better connected.”
BACKGROUND: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (American Rescue Plan) established the $10 billion Capital Projects Fund to provide funding to states, territories, and Tribal governments to carry out critical capital projects directly enabling work, education, and health monitoring, including remote options, in response to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19). The Capital Projects Fund allows for investment in high-quality broadband as well as other connectivity infrastructure, devices, and equipment. In addition to supporting broadband, it also provides flexibility for each state, territory, and Tribal government to make other investments in critical community hubs or other capital assets that provide access jointly to work, education, and health monitoring.
In March, Senator Rosen voted to pass the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law by President Biden that same month.