On August 20, 2021, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council approved the plan to move forward with implementing a broadband project for our communities. The main goal of this project is to install and provide access to broadband internet to over 300 homes on the Reservation. The majority of these homes are going to be in Sutcliffe and Nixon, since both communities have almost no internet options. There are some pockets in Wadsworth that will also be serviced, as well as plans to bring a solution to the homes along the Truckee River Corridor.
There have been four unsuccessful attempts over many years to get funding for this project. Three unsuccessful grants from the USDA and NTIA agencies, as well as an unsuccessful bid to use CARES Act money received last year. Funding for this project was made possible from the America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) received by the Tribe.
Since the start of the pandemic, the reliance on Internet has taken a major leap forward as a necessity for our community. Not just for our Tribal members that had to work from home, but perhaps more importantly for the education of our Children. Lack of complete access to reliable internet is a detriment to their ever-growing need for knowledge.
The Technology Department for the Tribe is very excited to finally get this project up and running. The beginning steps are already underway and we look forward to providing the community with future announcements on our progress for this significant project.
** Update 11/22/2021**
The Technology Department currently has an Administrative Assistant Position open to help get the Broadband rolled out. Visit the pyramidlakehumanresources.org for the full job description.
The Tribal Council approved 2 positions; Information Technician I and II. Look for these positions to be posted in a couple weeks on the HR website.
The Tribal Council approved the purchase on the Calix Broadband distribution system. This management system is capable of bringing high internet speeds over fiber to homes and businesses.
We are gathering the required documentation for the Project Management Company that will support us with the broadband construction project. We will bring that to the Tribal Council for approval as soon as possible. Once the PM company is on board, we expect to begin posting the RFP’s for design, engineering and construction.