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.
Download PDF Here: PLPT Telecom Flyer
Download the PDF Here: PLPT TELECOM FAQ
Internet Home and Businesses Connection Information Update (08/16/2022)
** Update 03/04/2022 **
Request for Proposals Announcement
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is posting an RFP seeking candidates for a design contract for the Fiber Design Phase I. This will include the towns of Nixon and Sutcliffe NV. Contact information is included in the RFP if you have any questions. The deadline for submitting proposals is 3/31/2022.
Request for Proposal
TITLE: ARPA Broadband Project Fiber Design Phase 1
The PLPT tribe currently has a fiber broadband network that connects the towns of Wadsworth, Nixon and Sutcliffe NV with a POP in Reno NV. The project will implement primarily aerial fiber with some underground fiber. The Phase I project will provide fiber to the homes and businesses in Sutcliffe and Nixon. Each town’s current fiber infrastructure has underground fiber with network node buildings already in operation. The buildout will be broadband to the premises. The scope of the premise connections is approximately 200 connections in Sutcliffe and 200 connections in Nixon. Each node building will distribute broadband to the customers with a dedicated Calix Axos E7-2 fiber switcher. Due to the lack of splicing designs on this network, part of the project is identifying the splicing design that exists which will also take into account the infrastructure route in Wadsworth. Based upon route design documents it is estimated that there are 68 splice vaults on the network. General route maps are available upon request. A fiber route design document will be available to the selected candidate.
Date Posted: 03/04/2022
Contact Person: Greg Gardner, Technology Services
Phone: (775) 574-1000 ext 1117
Mailing Address: PO Box 256, Nixon, NV 89424
(See Full RFP Here): Fiber Design Phase 1 03042022
** 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.
FarrWest Engineering in Reno, NV has been awarded the Project Management contract for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s ARPA Broadband Fiber Project. We look forward to their expertise in assisting the tribe with this fiber project.