The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Sierra Front Field Office (SFFO) made available for public review and comment the Nevada Broadband Telemedicine Initiative Environmental Assessment (EA) (DOI-BLM-NV-C020-2011-0512-EA). The project would connect, maintain and operate a statewide fiber optic telemedicine network and would serve a minimum of 36 hospitals and medical facilities, with additional capacity available to serve public safety entities, educational institutions, and Tribal governments.
This project is being funded by the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The Nevada Hospital Association was awarded a $19.6 million federal grant to build fiber optic routes between Reno and Boulder City, Nevada. Communities along Highways 80 and 50 (Elko and Ely) would also be connected by use of existing conduit.
The EA analyzed the potential direct, indirect and cumulative effects to the human environment from constructing and maintaining new fiber optic cable between Reno and Boulder City, Nevada. The new fiber optic cable on BLM-managed lands would include: approximately 15 miles of new buried cable between Goldfield and Lida Junction; 309 miles of new aerial fiber optic cable connected to existing transmission poles; and seven miles of fiber optic cable in existing conduit. Although this EA has considered the project in it’s entirety, the BLM’s responsibility is for lands within its administration and decision-making authority.
The public review and comment period ended on January 4, 2012.
On February 13, 2012 the NTIA issued a Final EA, and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the project (See Documents).
On March 12, 2012 the BLM Carson City District Office issued a FONSI and Decision Record for the project (See Documents).