Nevada legislature upgrades telecommunications

Nevada legislature upgrades telecommunications

By Wilson Dizard III

GCN Staff

DEC. 28—Lawmakers in Carson City, Nev., will hash out contentious state and federal redistricting issues under the eyes of distant residents using an upgraded videoconferencing system, officials said.

During the 90-day session that begins Feb. 5, the Legislative Counsel Bureau will use two newly installed VS4000 video systems from Polycom Inc. of Milpitas, Calif. The two systems, which together cost $27,000, provide 30-frames-per-second video feeds.

The bureau has leased two T1 lines between Carson City and Las Vegas, the state's largest city, to transmit the video feeds. Las Vegas residents will be able see and hear live committee hearings and floor sessions through the system. One of the VS4000 units is configured for multipoint videoconferencing, which will allow residents of other Nevada towns to watch the proceedings.

Las Vegas residents will be able to view the video feeds in a 10,000-square-foot hearing room area at the Grant Sawyer State Office Building in downtown Las Vegas.

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