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.
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (PLPT) is soliciting proposals from qualified companies and consultants to perform Project Management oversight of the broadband network construction for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s network expansion that will soon begin.
See the Proposal Here: Project Management RFP