The outlying frontiers of Douglas County and Eastern California are being connected to the modern world through a $1.3 million partnership between a large telecom corporation and the federal government.
On Monday, Frontier Communications CEO Maggie Wilderotter and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski toured the Eastern Sierra to highlight broadband expansion projects in Yerington, Coleville, Topaz Lake, and portions of Alpine County.
"The more communities that have broadband, the stronger our country will be," Wilderotter said.
Underlying the partnership is a premise that has existed since the Communication Act of 1934 - universal service in telephone and radio. But …