The Broadband Grant allocates $40 million to provide broadband to unserved and underserved communities in Nebraska, supporting the mission to increase the state’s overall connectivity.  

Rural broadband access is essential to attracting, supporting,and maintaining quality job creators throughout the state of Nebraska. But apart from being an indispensable business commodity for the 21st century, high speed internet enables important opportunities such as remote work, telehealth and education, entertainment, telecommunications, and other quality of life amenities that create thriving communities.

Broadband service providers are eligible to apply for this grant to provide service in eligible communities. Communities in which the majority of residents do not have access to or the ability to subscribe to broadband service with a minimum of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload are eligible locations. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defines this as the broadband standard. Furthermore, to be an eligible location, a community’s households and businesses must be hindered in responding to COVID-19 by a lack of standard broadband service. This includes inability to access essential activities such as working from home, online learning, and telehealth.

CARES Act guidelines require that the Nebraska Broadband Grant program assist Nebraskans directly impacted by COVID-19. Enhanced broadband infrastructure is an important tool for Nebraskans to address the challenges of this public health crisis. Broadband providers must use this grant to provide service to an eligible community that meets the FCC broadband standard. These projects must be completed by December 30, 2020.

 

Source: Nebraska Department of Ecomic Development

More information: https://getnebraskagrowing.nebraska.gov/broadband-grant/

 

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Developed with funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.