“Collectively Nebraskans need to chart a course on how to close the gap between those who utilize broadband and those who do not. All Nebraskans need to be prepared and ready to participate in a world that is driven by, and dependent upon the Internet”, according to Nebraska Public Service Commissioner Frank Landis.
Eight Broadband Planning regional forums are scheduled across Nebraska in March and April to begin the conversation about increasing broadband adoption to build vibrant communities. The forums will focus on specific needs and strategies of broadband utilization to strengthen economic development and maintain quality of life.
During each session, 2010 household survey results and broadband mapping data will be presented as well as engaging in the conversation about the possibilities of using broadband internet access.
All forums are from 1 to 4 p.m. Locations and dates for the forums are:
- March 23 – Norfolk – Learning Center – 801 East Benjamin Ave
- March 30 – Gering Civic Center – 1050 M Street
- March 31 – Valentine – 4-H Building – 120 North Green Street
- April 6 – North Platte – Quality Inn Convention Center – 2102 South Jeffers
- April 7 – McCook – Mid-Plains Enterprise Center – 1205 East Third
- April 13 – Lincoln – Embassy Suites – 1040 P Street
- April 14 – Minden – Opera House – 322 East Fifth Street
- April 28 – Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce – 1301 Harney Street
The forums are open to anyone interested in engaging in the conversation about broadband adoption and utilization. Your input is critical to the development of regional plans. Plan to attend!
“Broadband can be a powerful tool in advancing Nebraska’s urban and rural economy. 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”, states Nebraska Public Service Commissioner Jerry Vap.
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 Broadband Forum In your region, contact Connie Hancock, UNL Extension – firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-254-4455 or Charlotte Narjes, UNL CARI – email@example.com or 402-472-1724 or 800-328-2851.