More public input sought on Nebraska’s broadband needs, and on preliminary plan for spending federal/state funds

Published: Sep. 25, 2023 at 4:32 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska Examiner) - Nebraskans have at least three options right now for providing input on how the state plans to spend millions of dollars to improve high-speed internet service.

1. Nebraskans can submit comments until Oct. 14 about the State Broadband Office’s initial proposal to spend $405 million it was allocated via the federal Broadband Equity, Access & Deployment (BEAD) program. To submit comments online, access the broadband office website.

2. A digital survey is being conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to determine the quality of internet service at your home and how you use it. The deadline to take the survey is Wednesday. Access the website at

3.Several public meetings are being held to gather in-person comments on the State Broadband Office’s plans, and on the state’s map of “unserved” and “underserved” areas. The remaining meetings are scheduled (all times are local times):

  • Tuesday, at Divots Conference Center in Norfolk from 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, at the Bosselman Conference Center in Grand Island from 4-6 p.m.
  • Thursday at the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s headquarters in Lincoln from 4-6 p.m.
  • Oct. 3 at the Niobrara Lodge in Valentine from 4-6 p.m.
  • Oct. 4 at the NDOT district headquarters in Gering from 4-6 p.m.
  • Oct. 9 at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte, from 4-6 p.m.
  • Oct. 10, at the Cobblestone Inn in McCook from 5-7 p.m.

According to the Nebraska Broadband Office website, the state has nearly $1.9 billion in state and federal funds left to spend to improve internet access across the state.

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