Nebraska: Broadband Forum set for March 30 in Gering |

Nebraska: Broadband Forum set for March 30 in Gering

A meeting scheduled for March 30 at Gering, NE, will focus on needs and strategies for increasing broadband (high-speed Internet) adoption in western Nebraska and using broadband to strengthen economic development and maintain quality of life.

The meeting will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Gering Civic Center, 1050 M St. During the session, survey results and broadband mapping data will be discussed as well. It is open to anyone interested in engaging in the conversation about broadband adoption and utilization. Input from as many people as possible is critical to the development of a regional plan.

“Broadband can be a powerful tool in advancing Nebraska’s urban and rural economy,” said Nebraska Public Service Commissioner Jerry Vap. “Increased adoption of broadband will maintain an educated workforce, create new opportunities for existing business, and assist in attracting new employment opportunities to the state. Broadband availability and adoption is essential to the future of Nebraska.”

The broadband forums are part of the federal broadband mapping project funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, whose goal is to increase broadband access and use. The grant was awarded to the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which has worked with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Information Technology Commission’s Community Council, Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the AIM Institute.

Broadband, which offers access to the Internet at a greater speed, is key to economic growth and quality of life in Nebraska. As we build thriving, sustainable communities, we need to look at broadband as the network to create jobs and economic opportunity.

For more information on the Western Broadband Forum, contact Jenny Nixon, University of Nebraska Extension Educator at or 308-668-2428.

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