- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

BEATTY, Nev. (AP) - The governor of Nevada joined local school, medical and electric utility officials marking the start of fiber-optic communications in a remote Nye County community where internet service had been spotty and slow.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said Friday in that providing high-speed data communications to Beatty (BAE’-tee) will have long-range impacts ranging from education to medical care to economic development.

Beatty is about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, and about halfway between Pahrump and Tonopah.

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The town has fewer than 1,000 residents and Beatty High School has about 125 students - who teachers say have had to overcome continual internet interruptions.

Local Doctor Michael Reiner says he was about to close the only medical clinic in Beatty but agreed to keep a provider there on a limited basis because fiber optic service can help provide virtual medical care.

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